Join Tommy's at The Great North Run, the UK's biggest half marathon.
Date: Sunday 9th September 2018
Distance: 13.1 miles
Location: Newcastle to South Shields
Entry fee: Free
Minimum Fundraising commitment for a guaranteed place: £300 (excluding gift aid)
Registrations for a Tommy's place in the 2018 Simplyhealth Great North Run are now open! Entry is free and a minimum sponsorship commitment of £300 (excl. gift aid) to cover our costs for this race is required.
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!
About The 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 Great North Run
Whether you run with your own place, or a Tommy's guaranteed place, you'll get first class care!
- 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
"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!"
Our cheering stations at the 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
This guide will help you prepare and train for The 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...
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.
Get extra support for your event and help raise awareness of Tommy's' research and information programmes...easy!!!
Find out more about how to get your valuable donations to the team at Tommy's.
There are loads of ways that you can raise money for Tommy's research. Here are just a few to inspire you!
Tommy's top fundraising tips
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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