Run the Great North Run Solo for the National Trust

Runners competing in the Great North Run

Sadly, the Great North Run 2020 has been cancelled. But there’s still a way you can safely take part and raise money for the places you care about. Whether you've already signed up for this year's run or you're thinking about running for us for the first time, here's everything you need to know.

Due to the current situation, we're seeing nature from new angles. We're also looking back at fond memories that have been made with loved ones at places we love. By running for the National Trust, you'll help us look after hundreds of these places for years to come. You can still sign up for a place to run for the Great North Run 2021 and support the places you love. 

If you’ve signed up to run for us in 2020, your existing place will be rolled over to next year’s event which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12 September 2021. If you don’t want your place to roll over, please let us know by emailing so we can issue you a refund and allocate your place to someone else.

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What's the Great North Run Solo?

If you still want to take part this year, you can join in with the Great North Run Solo. This is a safe way to run and raise money for the places you care about. When you run for the National Trust you’ll be helping to protect the UK’s best-loved places, landscapes, buildings and wildlife for everyone, for ever.

The Great North Run Solo starts on 28 June (the anniversary of the Great North Run) and continues until 13 September, the day the Great North Run 2020 was scheduled to take place.

To complete the challenge and claim a special edition Great North Run Solo medal, runners need to complete a minimum 40 runs of any distance over 78 days – a run for each year of the Great North Run. You can run at any pace and distance comfortable to you and there's a junior challenge for younger runners.

It’s £10 to sign up which goes straight to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. After that, you just need to set up your own GoFundMe or JustGiving page to raise money for the National Trust to help care for the places you love - good luck.

Visitors walking towards Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Run the Great North Run Solo 

Want to raise money for the places you love? You can still take part in the Great North Run in your own time. The Solo version of the run is a safe way for you to help us look after hundreds of beauty spots across the nation. Thank you.

" Lyme is a special place for me. As a volunteer of seven years I’ve spent a lot of time walking and running there. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, I felt inspired to do what I can to help the team and support their vital conservation work."

Why run for the National Trust?

The current situation has had a big impact on the way we look after natural places and those of historic beauty. We can all do our part in caring for places people love for generations to come. We need your support to help nature recover and create new areas of habitat for wildlife.

When you run for the National Trust, you'll be contributing to a cause for nature, for places of solitude and for the people who keep coming back to enjoy these places of beauty. Not only will you be achieving your fitness goals, you'll also help to ensure our nation’s history is cared for and enjoyed so it keeps on inspiring us all.

How we'll support you

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we're unable to send out our fundraising materials at this time. If you do sign up to run for us, we’ll send you the below kit once it's safe to do so.

If you run for us you will receive a fundraising kit packed with ideas, hints and tips. It will include the following:

  • a National Trust race vest to share your charity while you run;
  • a head scarf to keep you cool as you sprint to the finish line;
  • stickers to proudly shout about what you’ve done;
  • a pledge card to help keep you motivated and on target;
  • posters to ensure as many people know as possible; and
  • a collection box to gather those important donations

And after your race, you'll get a unique wooden medal as a thank you.

We will also help you prepare for race day by sending you motivational emails, training schedules and nutritional information.

And if you've already got a place and would like to run in support of the National Trust, see below for information on fundraising for us as a charity marathon runner, and how we’ll support you.