About the event

Sadly this years Great North Run has had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus. We are sad not to be there on the day to cheer along our runners. Luckily the amazing folks at Great Run have organised a virtual version so you can still take part safely in the town you live in.

This year is different. We won’t be on the start line, we aren’t waiting for you at the finish, you won’t have thousands cheering you on…But you can still Be Your Greatest!

We promise you’ll have an incredible experience as you run 13.1 miles virtually from Newcastle to the coast at South Shields. The virtual half marathon is free of charge to enter, regardless of whether you had a place in this year’s Great North Run.

For more information on how this event works you can go to the Virtual Great North Run website here.

You can set up your Just Giving page for the Virtual Great North Run here.

Register your interest with us and let us know you would like to raise money to help people living with mental illness.

The details

Date: Sunday 13 September 2020
Location: Newcastle
Cost: £free
Target: Set your own target. We recommend going for £150

Who are Rethink Mental Illness?

We’re Rethink Mental Illness and we’re on a mission to bring about meaningful change, through our services, groups and groundbreaking campaigns. We know, from our vast experience, that people severely affected by mental illness can have a good quality of life. With your support, we will make that possible.

How will your money support us?

Every penny you raise for us will help empower those severely affected by mental illness. Through our network of support groups, services and helplines, last year we reached: 


You can find out more about our work by visiting our vision and impact page

How we'll support you

  • Free Rethink Mental Illness running jersey
  • Tips and advice on your run
  • Support on your fundraising journey

Register my Interest

Don't miss out, book your place on this iconic run and help us ensure that no one with mental illness feels alone.
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