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GNR Virtual 

The official virtual Great North Run will take place on Sunday 13 September 2020.

Great Run are working in partnership with app provider ViRACE to create an innovative virtual experience with audio clips so that you hear the sounds of the Great North Run, providing as close an experience as possible to the real event.

They will mimic a race format so that you start your virtual Great North Run at the same time as all runners and complete the same 13.1 mile distance. You will be tracked throughout the virtual race and will be able to view results after the race has finished.

Entry Process

GNR Virtual is available to enter free of charge and open to everyone, regardless of whether you had a place in this year’s Great North Run.

How will it work?

More information about the app functionality and experience will be provided on the official GNR Reimagined website in the coming weeks so keep checking back for more info.

Although we sadly won’t have the opportunity to see you all as we usually do on Great North Run day, the team at North of England Children’s Cancer Research with be with you in spirit all day.

Join the NECCR team by signing up directly via Great Run and email us to express your interest in being part of our team. You will receive:

  • An NECCR running vest
  • A fundraising pack

Run your GNR Virtual for NECCR. Remember to email us on for your running vest and fundraising pack once you have signed up below.

We need your help more than ever to raise funds for better treatments into childhood cancers, helping more children live longer, healthier lives.

Ways to Raise Funds

There are two options to choose from to help us raise funds. Along with taking part in your GNR Virtual challenge, you can either:

  1. Donate an amount of money to North of England Children’s Cancer Research that you feel you can afford to spend at the moment; or
  2. Raise money through sponsorship for North of England Children’s Cancer Research if you think you have friends, relatives, colleagues or other associates that you feel happy to approach.

Either way, you can set up a JustGiving page or download a sponsor form to donate or collect sponsorship to make this part of the process as simple as possible.

Top tip: When searching for our charity on the JustGiving campaign link, enter ‘North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund’ rather than ‘NECCR’ to find us.

Register for your fundraising page

Great North Run Solo

Great North Run Solo, also part of the Great North Run Reimagined campaign, is a cumulative running challenge that challenges participants to complete 40 runs over 78 days, a run for every year of the Great North Run.

The challenge started on 28 June (the birthday of the Great North Run) and finishes on 13 September, the day the 40th Great North Run was scheduled to take place.  Entries for this part of the virtual campaign close on Friday 31 July but you can still enter the Great North Run Virtual event after this date.

Why run for us?

We need your help more than ever whilst Covid-19 still looms over us all. Childhood cancer has not gone away during the pandemic but the spotlight on this cruel and life-changing disease has unfortunately been slightly muted over the past few months for those not directly affected by it.

While research means that more kids are beating cancer than ever before, more children in the UK die of cancer than any other disease.

North of England Children’s Cancer Research was founded in 1979 by a small group of families affected by the disease. We’ve helped turn Newcastle-upon-Tyne into one of Europe’s leading centres for research into Childhood Cancer and work has thankfully been able to continue here despite the unwelcome arrival of Covid-19.

We take great care with every pound donated, keeping the staff small, the expenses low and directing every possible pound to childhood cancer research.

Treatments for children’s cancer have improved massively over the past forty years, and we’ll keep funding research until a cure is found.

Download a sponsorship form

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