How to enter the Great North Run

Updated March 23, 2017

As the world's largest half marathon, the Bupa Great North Run has more than 54,000 runners every year. The BBC broadcasts the entire run live, with highlights being shown around the world. More than a million people have entered since the charity run first started in 1981 and its continued popularity means that places are always hotly contested.

Register your interest for the run by visiting and entering your email address. An email will automatically be sent out to inform you when applications for the Great North Run open.

Enter the public ballot for a place on the run by visiting or calling 020 7749 3700. According to the Northern Running Guide, ‘with demand for places far exceeding supply there is always disappointment for those who miss out’. The only way to guarantee a place is by registering with a charity.

Choose a charity that is involved with the run and pledge to raise a specified amount of money for it. This will ensure that you have a guaranteed place. Most charities require runners to pay a registration fee of approximately £30 and to fundraise between £300 and £400. Charities with places include Breast Cancer Care, Sue Ryder, the British Hear Foundation, the Brain and Spine Foundation and Asthma UK.

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