The Great North Run

The Great North Run is the world’s favourite half marathon. Each year over 56,000 runners take part, raising over £25 million for different charities.

Running from central Newcastle, through Gateshead to finish in South Shields, the Great North Run is a truly iconic event. 2021 will be a landmark year for the run; in the absence of a physical event in 2020, this will be the 40th anniversary.

Great North Run Tyne Bridge

Run for The Soldiers’ Charity

Run Team ABF LogoOur charity has 50 guaranteed places to join Team ABF in this incredible event. Our places cost £30.00 each (a non-refundable deposit) with a fundraising agreement for an additional £300.00. In return, we will provide you with support for your fundraising and a goody bag including one of our fantastic running vests.

If you would like to register your interest to run for us, please complete the application form here. Team ABF places are normally over-subscribed, so act fast if you want to take part!

Run with #TeamABF

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Great North Run Ballot Places

If you are lucky enough to secure your own ballot place, please consider using it to raise money for our charity. There is no fundraising target attached if you have your own place, and you will still get the same support as you would do if running with one of our own places. If you would like to do so, please email us so that we can provide further details.

Fundraising Support

The most effective way to fundraise is via Just Giving. Upon registration, you will be given a link to the event on Just Giving. All eligible donations made this way will automatically add Gift Aid (if a UK taxpayer), therefore increasing each donation by 25%. We can also provide forms for offline donations and help with additional fundraising ideas. We are here to help!

“You really have been outstanding from the very start and it has been really appreciated” (The Soldiers’ Charity fundraiser, 2020)


While the Great North Run is a fun event, it is important to train. There are numerous guides available, such as this informative article from Runner’s World.

On the Day

The Soldiers’ Charity will be there to cheer you along the route, with our main cheering station on the Coast Road in South Shields. Unfortunately, we will not have a presence in the Charity Village but we’ll be able to easily spot you in our amazing running vests!

ABF Cheering Point

Great North Run Complete!

All of our runners will receive a personalised Certificate of Achievement which will record your race time.

GNR Certificate of Achievement

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Great North Run, contact us via email or phone on 01748 874127.

Your Privacy Matters

Of course, we will need to communicate with you about this event, after that it is up to you. The application form allows you to choose how (or if) we communicate with you in the future. We value your privacy; our full privacy statement can be found here.