Run the Great North Run 2022 for the National Trust

Runners competing in the Great North Run

Want to be part of the iconic Great North Run on 11 September 2022? Entries are now open for the world's biggest half marathon, and we have some very special Great North Run charity places up for grabs.

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. We have limited spots available so don’t leave it too late to sign up and make a difference. 

Secure your spot in the Great North Run 2022 Sign up now

When is the Great North Run 2022?

The big date your training will lead up to is the 11 September 2022, so there’s still plenty of time to get your running shoes on and those training miles in.

What is the Great North Run 2022 course like?

After having to change the course last year due to coronavirus restrictions, the route for 2022's run is now going back to its orginal layout.

The world’s biggest half marathon starts in central Newcastle and finishes right next to Souter Lighthouse in South Shields, one of nine lighthouses in the National Trust's care. 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. The historic 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 team of Great North runners through our Eventbrite page below. You’ll be charged an entry fee of £30 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 lover or a countryside roamer, you can take on the challenge knowing that every mile will help to protect somewhere you love.

A group of men and women run along a stony promenade in front of a large swathe of sandy beach. The sky is overcast behind them, with a peninsular of land filling the horizon

Take part in the Great North Run 2022 

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 loved taking part in the GNR and raising funds for Hanbury Hall. I've gained so much from working at Hanbury Hall and taking advantage of the beautiful grounds, it seems right that I can use my passion for running to raise money for this fabulous place."

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 2022 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. If the impacts of coronavirus prevent the 2022 race from taking place, we'll get in touch with all participants.

How we'll support you

If you do sign up to the Great North run with 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.

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