Great North Run
12 September 2021
Great North Run
|Event Type||Half marathon|
|Date||12 September 2021|
Important update: due to the COVID-19 outbreak the 2020 Great North Run has been cancelled. If you were signed up to the Alzheimer's Society team, we have been in touch by email with further information and your options.
Great Run are now hosting the Great North Run Virtual on the 13 September 2020 and encouraging everyone to take on the 13.1miles from their own start line. Let us know if you're taking part so we can support you through your challenge - and don't forget to register with the event organisers for event information and to log your miles.
The Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the World with over 57,000 runners taking part in the famous 13.1 mile event.
The course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields.
By joining Team Alzheimer's Society, you'll be part of the movement to help end dementia.
Until the day we find a cure, we will create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted in their community.
For instance, £100 could fund one of our National Dementia Helpline advisors to provide 7 hours of emotional support, personal advice and vital information to people affected by dementia.
When you run for us, you'll receive:
- a support pack with fundraising help and materials
- a free running top to wear on race day
- detailed training guides for different abilities and personalised support from our experts
- access to a Facebook group where you can chat to other runners
- support from our dedicated events team to help you smash your fundraising target
We know that fundraising can be just as challenging as the event, but we’ll be here to support you every step of the way. When you sign up to run for us, you will receive a support pack with tips and advice to help you with your fundraising, allowing you to make a difference to people living with dementia.
To kick-start your fundraising in the meantime, why not set up a JustGiving page?
You can also print off a sponsorship form to share with friends and family.
If you have cheques that you need to send in to us, please use our paying in form and post to:
Want to get friends and family involved? You could organise a sweepstake, where each player makes a donation to guess your finishing time and whoever picks the closest time wins a small prize of your choice.
I already have a place in this race, can I still run for you?
Absolutely! Both those with charity places, and their own places are welcome on to our team. We’d love to help you prepare for this race, and send you a fundraising pack, training plan, running top and other helpful information for the big day! Please fill out our online form to get started.
I've entered the Great North Run ballot. Can I still register for a place with you so I don't miss out?
You are more than welcome to register with us even if you have entered the ballot. If you are successful in the ballot, you can just let us know and we will put your registration fee towards your fundraising total.
When will I receive my running top?
We are thrilled to send each of our runners a running top for race day to say thank you for running for us, and to help share the word about your fundraising! If you have let us know your size we will send your top to you in the post approximately 4-6 weeks before your race.
How do I order my running top?
To order your running top simply email [email protected] and let us know whether you would like a running T-shirt or Vest, in sizes XS-XXL.
Can I fundraise with friends or family for my race?
If you would like to fundraise in a team, simply let us know by emailing [email protected] and providing the names of your team members.
How do I pay in my fundraising?
There are lots of different ways to pay in your fundraising for a race, including via online fundraising pages, by phone and by cheque. To find out how download our ‘paying in form’.
I’ve lost my support pack, how do I order a replacement?
We send these packs to you via email. If you have lost this, simply download a replacement support pack.
I’ve signed up for a race and want to do some fundraising, how do I order materials?
If you are planning a fundraising event for your race you can order materials such as balloons, banners and bunting! Download our materials order form.
Can I order cheering materials for friends and family who will support me on the course?
If you would like to order a cheer pack for your supporters please email [email protected].
If you have any other questions, please do get in touch with us - 0330 333 0804 or [email protected]
Not running this year? You can still do something incredible and make a difference to people affected by dementia.
Join our cheer team at the Great North Run. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support our runners on the course. We'll kit you out with an Alzheimer's Society t-shirt and provide lots of cheer equipment so you can really make some noise! You'll even have the chance to get the best view in town and cheer runners on from our cheer bus!
With your help we aim to give our runners an amazing event day experience, boost them over the finish line, and set them on their way to raising even more money to change the lives of people affected by dementia. And we can guarantee you'll have a great time!