Runners in the Great North Run

Experience a taste of the real race at virtual GNR

Sound move from the organisers of the Virtual Great North Run

Participants in the Virtual Great North Run on 13 September will be taken on a sonic journey through the actual event thanks to an innovative app. The app from viRACE helps runners visualise the Great North Run as it usually is; absorbing the sounds of this iconic race as they complete 13.1 miles for a memorable running experience.

This year was set to be the 40th anniversary of Great North Run, the biggest half marathon in the UK which raises millions each year thanks to the fundraising efforts of those taking part. It was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak but organisers Great Run Company launched their GNR Reimagined campaign consisting of two alternatives: the Official Virtual Great North Run and the Great North Run Solo. 

The Virtual Great North Run promises a unique running experience via an app that plays audio clips from the live race. These contain motivational messages, distance/time updates and highlights such as the Roy Gayle warm up and other sounds that convey the atmosphere of the event and are recognisable to those runners who have completed the race before. First timers have these and other sounds to look forward to after they download the app which includes a ‘warm up’ room, reminders about the start time followed by the race itself. 

Runners choose a route of their liking whilst observing guidelines around social distancing. They are encouraged to raise money for charity as the need is greater than ever with many good causes struggling in 2020.

This is a chance to experience the Great North Run – at home. As Paul Foster, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company underlines: “Since we can’t do it together we will bring it to your doorstep instead.”

Enter now at the Great Run website.

Image courtesy: Great North Run.

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