Do The Great North Run
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The Bupa Great North Run is the world's most popular half marathon road running event. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in England. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster. Foster was inspired after running in the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in 1979, and has built upon the Great North Run with a series of other Great Run road races. read more »

About this Experience

The world's biggest half marathon, in North East England

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Endurance, Half Marathons and Running

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  • GNR 1:39:32

    I completed the Great North Run on Sunday for the third time and I have to say it was the best. I managed to take 21 minutes off my previous personal best and I'm already looking forward to seeing what time I can get next year. The Great North Run is an awesome event whether you are doing it to raise money for charity or as motivation to keep fit and get a good time. The support you get from spectators along the route is what sets it apart from other organised runs. I recommend it to anyone with all running abilities. read the full review »

    Reviewed: 18 Sep 2012

  • 5 complete

    GNR 2012

    Amazing atmosphere, not the best weather, hardest 1mile iv ever had to do (the last one down the sea front). Would recommend to anyone but make sure you train, not sure I would enjoy it unfit. read the full review »

    Reviewed: 17 Sep 2012

  • GNR 1hr 52

    Great experience and fantastic local event. Not just for serious runners. I managed to get my place through the ballot, but chose to raise money for Macmillan Cancer charity. The support from the crowd and other runners helps you get round. Although the weather wasn't great and rained most of the way round it was still very enjoyable. So for anyone thinking about doing it next year, go for it!! read the full review »

    Reviewed: 17 Sep 2012

  • 250 complete

    2005 1hr 43 mins, 2013 1hr 32

    So I've done this twice now 2013 MNDA (1 hr 32) It was a pretty wet n windy day but thankfully the wind was blowing in from West to East. The start was jam packed as always but I managed to get quit close to the start line, which was good for a quick start. I decided to go off quite quick and see how long I could maintain a solid pace. I had dreams of running a sub 90 mins but to do that I would need an average of around 6:51 / mile which I knew would be challening I forgot that there are actually quite a few hills on the GNR course and this slowed me down somewhat although I managed to finish the first half in just under... read the full review »

    Reviewed: 18 Sep 2011

  • Do it!

    I decided to do this to raise money for a charity close to my heart and have done it 3 times in total. I would recommend it to anyone! Seeing so many people, old and young, of different fitness levels running to raise money for charities is a truely emotional experience. read the full review »

    Reviewed: 15 Aug 2011