The Great North Run or the Simplyhealth Great North Run is an annual half marathon that’s nearly four decades old. In fact, it’s the largest half marathon in the world and is held every year in September in North East England. The total distance of this half marathon is 13.1 miles, which begins from the Newcastle city centre and ends on the seafront road at South Shields. Each year close to 60,000 runners participate in the Great North Run. One must be at least 17 years old or more to be able to participate and the entry fee is £56 per person.
Nirvana is the official accommodation services provider for the Great North Run for both runners and spectators. You can get a decent accommodation close to the start line for as little as £32 per person. Nirvana also provides transportation services and other packages around the Great North Run. And you can get a 10% discount on train tickets if you book with Transpennine Express, the official train partner.
For many of these runners the primary objective is to raise money for various charities. To be able to run for charity runners agree to raise sponsorship money. Some of the charities that are associated with the Great North Run include Diabetes UK, Cancer Research UK, Bobby Moore Fund, Alzheimer’s Society, Breast Cancer Care, British Heart Foundation, Bloodwise, Children with Cancer UK, Save the Children, British Red Cross and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, among many others.
The Junior and Mini Great North Run takes place at the same time as the main event. The Mini category is for 3 to 8 year old participants, while the Junior category is for 9 to 16 year old participants. The distance of the run is 4K and 1.5K.
Many runners participating in the Great North Run come with a group of friends or with a bunch of co-workers and colleagues or are members of club. If you are a member of such a running team, then you can make this a special day with custom printed running t-shirts for your entire team. You will be able to bond with your friends and represent what you stand for with customised t-shirts. If you are running for a charity, the logo can be added to the t-shirt as well. At the end of the run the t-shirt will become a souvenir, one you can get signed by your friends or the winner of the marathon and treasure it for the rest of your life.