Simplyhealth Great North Run

Join #TeamTommys at the world's biggest half marathon! Let's save babies' lives together.

Date: Sunday 13th September 2020
13.1 miles
Newcastle to South Shields
Entry fee: 
Fundraising pledge
£300 (excluding gift aid)

I would like a Tommy's place for the Simplyhealth Great North Run 2020

You can now register for a guaranteed Tommy's place for 2020 when you pledge to raise £300 (excl. gift aid). We would be thrilled to welcome you to #TeamTommys! 

Register for a Tommy's place 

I have my own place in the Simplyhealth Great North Run 2020

Let us know if you already have your own place and would like to run for Tommy's! Not only will you get a free running vest and all the fundraising materials you could wish for, but you'll receive the loudest cheers from our various cheer points on race day! This requires no minimum sponsorship — just raise as much as you can!

I have my own place

About The Simplyhealth Great North Run

The Great North Run is the world's largest half marathon, taking place annually in September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in the North East of England. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medalist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.

Only the London Marathon comes close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.

How Tommy's will support you at The Simplyhealth Great North Run

Whether you run with your own place, or a Tommy's guaranteed place, you'll get first class care! 

  • Download our on-the-day guide for runners here
  • Top quality breathable running vest
  • Fundraising support, materials, ideas and tips
  • Dedicated contact at Tommy's, who will give you one to one support all the way
  • Huge cheers on the day from our Tommy's cheering team
  • Best post-race reception party in the race village to welcome you, your families and friends to celebrate
  • Ability to chat to other Tommy's runners via Facebook
  • Cheering sticks to give your supporters for race day

Download Our Exciting Fundraising Guide!

Join Team Tommy's on our Simplyhealth Great North Run 2020 Facebook page

 "I just wanted to thank you and the team at Tommy's for all of the support that you have provided. You have been really friendly and helpful; it was a real privilege to run for such a worthy cause. The Tommy's team in the crowd were amazing - a real boost when I needed it at the end. Please pass on my thanks to everyone at Tommy’s!"

Alex Dulewicz

Our cheering stations at the Simplyhealth Great North Run

We have cheering stations at The Great North Run. Details will be uploaded to this page and emailed to Tommy's runners closer to the event.

Download your half marathon training guide

Tommy's Half Marathon training guide

Tommy's Training Plan

This guide will help you prepare and train for The Simplyhealth Great North Run, including advice on what clothes to wear, food to eat and exercises to do.This training plan provides an exercise timetable for those new to half marathons as well as those with a few under their belt.

Fundraising hints and tips

Your friends and family will probably sponsor you once you've set up your fundraising page, but to raise the maximum amount of money for our life-saving work, you could also think about organising a pub quiz, having a raffle or asking a local school to run a non-uniform day...

Create Your Fundraising Page

Fundraising tips for The Simplyhealth Great North Run

  • A range of social media icons

    Using social media

    Social media can help you build a real buzz around your event. These channels work best when you make them personal. Be yourself and talk to your friends and followers as you would in person.

  • A woman standing on top of a snowy mountain holding a Tommy's banner

    Publicising your fundraising event

    Get extra support for your event and help raise awareness of Tommy's' research and information programmes...easy!!!

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    Sending the money in

    Find out more about how to get your valuable donations to the team at Tommy's.

  • Cakes and other sweet treats being sold for charity

    Fundraising ideas

    There are loads of ways that you can raise money for Tommy's research. Here are just a few to inspire you!

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    Our top fundraising tips

    Tommy's top fundraising tips

  • Group of supporters holding a Tommy's cake

    Fundraising FAQs

    There are a few simple guidelines to take into consideration when organising events for charity. If you’re in any doubt please contact us for advice.

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