Great North Run Back To Normal
Everything's back as it should be for the UK's favourite half meaning there's no better time to enter the ballot...
The Great North Run is gearing up for a long-awaited return to its historic city to sea course in September. If the iconic event on your 'to-do' list for 2022 then take note - the ballot for this year's race is now open!
After two years of pandemic-related changes, the event will return to its traditional route and organisers have reported record interest, with over 15,000 people registering by 1pm on the first day of the ballot being open (January 10).
Sir Brendan Foster, founder of the Great North Run said: "We can’t wait to return to our traditional finish line home of South Shields. The event is synonymous with its incredible costal finish and the unbeatable support from the communities along the course, including in South Tyneside.
“We’re looking forward to celebrating tens of thousands of incredible runners, achieving personal goals, raising funds for good causes and demonstrating everything that’s great about our region.”
Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council said: “Hosting the finish line again will be a huge boost for our communities and local businesses. The Great North Run is an inspirational event which is what is needed to get our great region back on track after a very difficult and challenging period."
Sir Brendan and Cllr Dixon were joined at the ballot’s official launch at Coleman’s Seafood Temple in South Shields by local MP Emma Lewell Buck, who also took the opportunity to announce her plans to run in September, along with inspiring local runners William Burrell and Craig Huddart.
Ms Lewell Buck said: “For my constituents and me it is always an emotional day filled with pride. It has been a long time since I took part in the run, so I need to get my trainers on asap. If you see me about please give me a shout or better still join me for a jog!”
58-year-old William, from South Shields, is taking on the event this year, 30 years after his first Great North Run. In that time, he has lost his sight and will be completing the half marathon challenge alongside a guide runner for the first time.
Craig, 38, who was born and brought up in the town but now lives in County Durham is taking on the Great North Run this year as part of a mammoth fundraising challenge. He is running every single day of 2022, aiming to reach 81K a week, including a half marathon every Sunday. He’s raising funds and awareness for the Alan Shearer Foundation and the North East Autism Society and his three autistic sons.
The ballot for the 2022 Great North Run will close at 9am on Monday 21 February, you can find out more and enter here.
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