Run the Great North Run 2020 for the National Trust

Runners competing in the Great North Run

Want to be a part of the iconic Great North Run this year? We’ve got some very special Great North Run charity places up for grabs, and the world’s biggest half marathon on 13 September 2020 ends at our very own Souter Lighthouse.

Best of all, 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.

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When is the Great North Run 2020?

The big date your training will lead up to is the 13 September 2020, starting at 10:30am in Central Newcastle, so there’s still plenty of time to get those running shoes on and those training miles in.

What is the Great North Run 2020 course like?

The world’s biggest half marathon starts in central Newcastle and finishes right next to Souter Lighthouse in South Shields. You’ll start your race by making your way across the Tyne Bridge with 50,000 other runners, and run on through Gateshead, cheered on by crowds of supporters and music.

When you see the sea glinting ahead of you then you’ll be on the final stretch of the course as you make your way towards the finish line at South Shields. Our very own Souter Lighthouse will be the backdrop to the finishing point, guaranteed to help you cross that line with a smile on your face.

How do I sign up?

Simply complete the sign-up process to the Great North Run 2020 through our Eventbrite page below. You’ll be charged an entry fee of £25 and there’s a minimum sponsorship pledge of £400. Your fundraising can support whichever National Trust place is special to you, and we'll be with you every step of the way to help you achieve your goal. 

Visitors walking towards Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Run the Great North Run 2020 

Sign up to run the Great North Run for us through our Eventbrite page and you'll be supporting our vital conservation work. Thank you.

" I always fancied the Great North Run to try and raise money for charity and National Trust sites are fantastic places to spend time out in the open, getting exercise, breathing fresh air, and learning. But all these places could be lost and forgotten if not for the efforts of the National Trust to preserve them. "

Why run for the National Trust?

We look after special places for everyone, for ever, but we can’t do it without your help. Your support allows us to continue to protect nature, wildlife and precious landscapes. You might run through some of these special places when you train; maybe along a rugged stretch of coastline, alongside a butterfly-filled meadow or through the dappled shade of some ancient woodland.

Wherever you run, you’ll know how amazing being outdoors with the wind on your face can feel. You can help make sure that future generations can enjoy the same simple joys by running for us.

How we'll support you

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.