Run the Great North Run for the National Trust

Runners competing in the Great North Run

Want to be a part of the iconic Great North Run on 12 September 2021? This year marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s biggest half marathon, and we’ve got some very special Great North Run charity places up for grabs.

The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on almost every aspect of our work, from caring for historic houses to tackling climate change. 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.

There are no ballot entries available this year, so if you want to take part you'll need to secure a space with a charity like us. But we only have limited spots available, so don’t leave it too late to sign up.

Secure your spot in the Great North Run 2021 Sign up now

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?

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 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 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?

You can join our biggest ever team of Great North runners through our Eventbrite page below. You’ll be charged an entry fee of £25 and there’s a minimum sponsorship pledge of £400, but we’ll be with you every step of the way to help you achieve your goal.

Once you’ve secured your spot, our friendly fundraising team will be on hand to support you and give advice.

Your fundraising can support whichever National Trust place or cause is special to you. So whether you’re a coastal champion, an explorer of historic houses, a garden genie or a countryside roamer, you can take on the challenge knowing that every mile will help to protect somewhere you love.

Please note that the deadline to sign up to run for us is 21 June 2021.

Man running through the woods at Hardcastle Crags

Take part in the Great North Run 2021 

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.

" 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."

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.

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.

How we'll support you

If you do sign up to run for us, we'll give you plenty of support to achieve your fundraising and fitness goals. As part of this you will receive:

  • help setting up your JustGiving page;
  • advice on how to fundraise;
  • help with your preparations for race day, including motivational emails;
  • email or phone support if you have any questions;
  • a National Trust race vest to wear on the big day (and keep afterwards).

We'll also be there on the day to cheer you on! After your race, you'll get a unique wooden medal as a thank you from us, as well as rewards from the Great North Run organisers.