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The past 12 months have been a rollercoaster ride, but the finish line is in sight . As we enter Spring, the outlook for the Great Run Series 2021 is positive and we couldn’t be more excited to get you back on a (real) start line.
To keep runners safe there will be additional safety measures in place, but the thrill of running through your city’s streets and the unbeatable feeling of completing your challenge as part of a real live event, will be even more special this year.
Whether you’re doing it for the challenge, to fundraise , or simply for fun, this year it’s all about the comeback!
Great North Run
57,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon.
Junior & Mini Great North Run
The Worlds biggest and best kids running event is back in 2021.
Great North 10k
Test yourself on the slog of the Tyne at the Great North 10k.
Great North 5k
Soak up the atmosphere and join us for a fun and fast 5k on the Saturday of the Great North Run weekend.
Great North Family Run
A run for the whole family, taking place on the Great North 10k weekend.
Great Bristol Run
Bristol’s much-loved running events return to the city’s streets. For the first time the 10k and HM will take place on the same day.
Great Bristol Family Run
Make it a family event at the Great Bristol Run weekend.
Great Manchester Run
Manchester’s iconic event returns to the city’s streets. Take your place on the 10k or HM start line and be part of the unbeatable atmosphere.
Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run
Don't leave it all to the grown ups, come and get involved in the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run.
Great East Run
Ipswich’s much-loved Half Marathon returns. Take your place on the start line and be part of the celebration.
Junior & Mini Great Birmingham Run
The Junior & Mini Great Birmingham Run takes place on the Great Birmingham Run weekend.
Great Scottish Run
Scotland’s biggest running celebration returns to Glasgow, and this year it's all about the comeback! Take your place on the 10k or HM start line.
Junior & Mini Great Scottish Run
The Junior & Mini Great Scottish Run will return to Glasgow in October. Make it a fun day out for the whole family.
Great South Run
The Great South Run is the south coasts biggest and best running event. 10mile and 5k. Not to be missed!
Great Birmingham Run
Birmingham’s biggest and best running events return to the city’s streets. For the first time the 10k and HM will take place on the same day.
Junior & Mini Great South Run
Mini 1.5k & Junior 2.5k. Make it a Great day out for all the family in Portsmouth, the UK's best waterfront city.
Celebrate our 40th Birthday by travelling back in time with us to take part in the original Great North Run. Free to enter.
Race Ready Challenge
The Race Ready challenge is designed to guide you through your training, keep you motivated and get you in start-line shape.
Couch To 5K
Virtual running distance challenges designed to keep you racking up the miles over a 7 or 28 day period.
Great Run is supporting the #WEWILL campaign, to raise awareness of the harassment of women runners.
#WEWILL focuses on the positive actions men and women can take to allow women to be safe, and feel safe.
Small changes add up.
Pledge your support, and share what change you will make to help make women feel safer on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #WEWILL. Find out more at the #WEWILL campaign website.
Whether you’re training for your first event or have your eye on a half marathon PB we’re here to support you every step of the way. Browse our training advice, learn how to get the most out of your running and download a training plan here.
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Five Ways To Fall Back In Love With Running
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Common Running Injuries And How To Spot Them
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Running In The Dark
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Last Minute Half Marathon Training Tips
With 10 days to go to the Virtual Great North Run, your tapering should be just about underway. Here are a few tips (and reminders) to keep you…
Plan Your Virtual Running Route
We can’t run the famous 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to South shields this year… which means you need to plan your own 13.1 mile running route…
Essential Prehab – Rehab Preparation
It’s important to properly prepare and rehabilitate yourself following injury to help you go the distance.
Recovery Nutrition Faq
What you eat after a half marathon can have a huge impact on your recovery; from combating fatigue, to supporting immune function. This FAQ guid…
Top 10 Tips For Summer Running
Hello summer. Hello sunshine. Hello heat! Here's some tips to keep you running over the summer.
Five Workouts You Can Do At Home
Getting the opportunity to fit exercise into your schedule at the moment can be a challenge - here's our tips to get the most out of your sessio…
Monitor Your Training
By keeping a track of your training activity, you can monitor your progression and identify what works for you.
Home-Based Prehab To Be A Better Runner
All of these exercises can be done at home with minimal equipment - you'll see the benefits when it's time to get back to training for your even…
So Your Plans Have Changed – What Now?
If you've had a change of plans in your running schedule, we’ve got some tips for you so that all of your hard work does not go to waste.
Five Ways To Run In The Sun
Longer nights, mixing it up, new gear and tackling the trails - running in the summer is guaranteed to be a great time…
Why Warming Up And Cooling Down Is Vital
Warming up and cooling down are essential to ensure your body is ready to run and recovers well. Here, physiotherapist Paul Hobrough explains ho…
Setting Goals? Stay Motivated With These Tips
Tips to help you ride the motivation wave…
Don’T Snooze? You Lose!
Sleep is an often overlooked but vital component of athletics performance, as Professor John Brewer explains…
Post-Run Stretching At Home
During training you should remember to stretch regularly, especially after your long run. Stretching after a run, when your muscles are warmed u…
10 Best Places To Run In Birmingham
Looking for new training routes whilst out running in Brum? Here are Johnny Cullen's handpicked locations to inspire you.
Brummie In A Hurry? Check Out These City Running Routes
Short running routes around Birmingham to get you going when time is limited.