The Great North Run

Great North Run 2017. Enjoy the UK's biggest half marathon for #TeamTommys

BUPA Great North Run - Smiling woman running in support of Tommy's at half marathon

Join Tommy's at The Great North Run, the UK's biggest half marathon.

Date: Sunday 10 September 2017
Distance: 13.1 miles
Location: Newcastle to South Shields
Entry fee: Free
Minimum Fundraising commitment for a guaranteed place: £300 (excluding gift aid)

Join our team of over 500 runners and run with us at the Great North Run!

Click here to apply for a guaranteed place to run for Tommy's in The Great North Run. Entry is free but a minimum sponsorship of £300 (excl. gift aid) to cover our costs for this race is required.

Register now for a Tommy's place

Let us know if you already have your place in The Great North Run 2017 . Once you register we can send you your free running vest and any fundraising materials you need. This requires no minimum sponsorship — just raise as much as you can!

I have my own place

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

Join Team Tommy's on our Great North Run 2017 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

For more information please contact Luke on or call +44 (0) 207 398 3448

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

Tommy's 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...

Create Your Fundraising Page

Fundraising tips for The 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!!!

  • pound symbols

    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!

  • Group of smiling people holding a Tommy's banner

    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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