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Great North Run

Sunday 10th September 2017


The Great North Run is the premier event in the Great Run series and firmly established as the world's greatest half marathon. From just 12,000 runners at the very first staging in 1981, the event has now grown to a record 56,000 accepted entrants from over 122,000 applicants in 2013.

Starting in Newcastle, the course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge, passes by the famous Gateshead International Stadium, and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields. Live music, on-course refreshments and thousands of cheering supporters keep runners motivated every step of the way.

Many world-class athletes have taken on the challenge including the North East's very own Mike McLeod, winner of the very first Great North Run, as well as some of the most famous names in distance running; Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie. The course record was set in 2011 when Kenyan Martin Mathathi stormed to victory in just 59 minutes and 27 seconds.

The Great North Run is not only part of the cultural fabric of the North East, but has touched lives across the UK and around the world – last year's event saw runners from over 40 different countries taking part.


To run for Allergy UK we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £250. We will be with you every step of the way, providing fundraising tips and support to help you reach your target.

Once your registration has been confirmed you will be fully supported by our Fundraising Team and will be provided with:

  • A fundraising pack
  • Sponsorship forms
  • Regular contact e-mails providing training hints and tips and vital event information
  • A professional Allergy UK running t-shirt
  • One of our limited edition wristbands
  • Access to a range of branded materials to support your fundraising activity

Already have a place?

If you are an own place runner, you can still join Team Allergy! There are no sponsorship targets and you will still receive our full range of benefits. Every penny helps us support one in three people across the UK living with allergy.

Want to join our cheerers?

We need your help to cheer on our Team Allergy runners as loud as you can to help them reach the finish line. In return for supporting our runners on the day we will provide you with an Allergy UK t-shirt, cheer goodies and a fun day out.  

Join Team Allergy and be part of our energetic and supportive cheering team, email: