Run the Great North Run for the National Trust

Runners competing in the Great North Run

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the world's biggest half marathon. Entries have now closed and 65 supporters have signed up to run for us on 12 September 2021. We're looking forward to cheering you all on.

The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on almost every aspect of our work, from caring for historic houses to tackling climate change. Everyone who has signed up to run for us – and all those who are supporting them – will be helping to protect the UK’s best-loved places, landscapes, buildings and wildlife, for everyone, for ever.

When is the Great North Run 2021?

The big date your training will lead up to is the 12 September 2021, so there’s still plenty of time to get your running shoes on and those training miles in.

What is the Great North Run 2021 course like?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Great North Run organisers are keen to ensure the resilience of this year's event and have therefore made some changes to the 13.1 mile route.

As usual the run will begin on the central motorway in Newcastle upon Tyne, and you'll now get to run across the Tyne bridge not once but twice. You'll also pass through Newcastle's city centre on your return leg, and there'll be plenty of spectating points along the way where friends and family can cheer you on.

Normally you'd cross the finish line beside our very own Souter Lighthouse, but this year the end point will be on the Great North Road in Newcastle upon Tyne instead. You'll still be able to enjoy the usual finisher's village, which will now be on the city's Town Moor.

" 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 coronavirus pandemic, I felt inspired to do what I can to help the team and support their vital conservation work."

Will the Great North Run 2021 definitely go ahead?

We want to reassure you that, together with the Great North Run organisers, we’re constantly monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation in the UK to make sure the event can go ahead safely. We’ll be in touch with all participants in the days before the run to let you know about the safety measures that will be in place.

If the impacts of coronavirus prevent the 2021 race from taking place, we'll get in touch with all participants and you’ll be offered a transfer onto the next staging of the event, or a full refund of your entry fee.

Why run for the National Trust?

The National Trust was founded over 125 years ago on the belief that all people have an essential need for nature, beauty and history. It’s what connects us all and enables us to thrive.

The coronavirus crisis has thrown this need sharply into focus once more. During lockdown we all became more aware of the solace that can be found in nature, and looked forward to the days when we could once again meet family and friends at the places we love.

The pandemic has also had a big impact on the way we look after natural places and those of historic beauty. Now more than ever, we need your support to help nature recover and create new areas of habitat for wildlife.

When you run for the National Trust, not only will you be achieving your fitness goals, but you'll also help to ensure our nation’s nature, beauty and history are preserved for us all to enjoy.