Run the Great North Run 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 through the Virtual Great North Run.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, we're seeing nature from new angles. We're also looking back on fond memories of times spent with loved ones at the places that are special to us. 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 us the Great North Run 2021 - or join in with this year's Virtual Great North Run and support the places you love. 

Please note, entry for the Virtual Great North Run is now closed, but you can still sign up for next year. 

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What's the Virtual Great North Run?

If you still want to take part this year, you can join in with the Virtual Great North Run. 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 Virtual Great North Run takes place on 13 September, the day the Great North Run 2020 was scheduled to take place. You'll be able to download an app, which will mimic the 13.1 race complete with the sounds of the day itself, from the cheering crowd to the Red Arrows flypast. 

It's free to take part in the Virtual Great North Run and you can join in whether you have a Great North Run 2020 place or not. Just sign up below before 4 September to get access to the app and all the other information you need to take part. 

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.

Running along the Northumberland Coast

Take part in the Virtual Great North Run 

Want to raise money for the places you love? You can still take part in the Great North Run on 13 September. Just sign up for the Virtual Great North Run before 4 September and 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.