Great North Run 2015
13 Sep 2020

Virtual Great North Run

Introducing the first ever Virtual Great North Run!

Date: 13 September 2020
Type: Challenges, Running, Virtual
Location: UK (Nationwide)
Registration fee: Free to sign up

This year is different. We won’t be on the start line, we aren’t waiting for you at the finish, you won’t have thousands cheering you on… But you can still be your greatest!

At 10:30am on 13 September we are calling on you to complete your own Great North Run - virtually!

With race partners ViRACE, Great Runs are creating an app to bring you an innovative virtual experience with audio clips from the event so that you will hear the sounds of the Great North Run.

From an upbeat warm-up led by the legendary Roy Gayle, to chants of OGGY OGGY OGGY, and the iconic roar of the Red Arrows fly-past, Great Runs are making it feel as much like the real event as they can!

They will mimic a race format so that all runners start their Virtual Great North Run at the same time and complete the same 13.1 mile distance. Runners will be tracked throughout the virtual race and will be able to view results after the race has finished.

You can run any route that you like, but you must follow all local regulations with regards to right of way, traffic, hazards, etc.

We politely request that you don't try to run the actual Great North Run route. The actual Great North Run takes place on closed roads, most of which are not accessible to pedestrians at any other time of the year.

Great Runs will be in touch with all entrants before the big day with all of the information needed to take part.


Great North has provided a list of frequently asked questions for any queries you may have and these can be viewed online.