Take part in the 40th Great North Run sponsored by Simplyhealth! 

There are several different ways of entering the Great North Run, including entering the general ballot, running on behalf of a charity or participating as an elite athlete.

Entering the ballot

The 40th Great North Run is now scheduled to take place on 12th September 2021. 2020 Ballot runners and members have the option to roll their entry to the next Great North Run, scheduled for 12th September 2021, and will receive an email confirming the next steps. There is nothing to pay and no ballot to enter – you will have secured your entry.

What do I do if I don't want to roll my entry over?

If you do not wish to roll your entry over then you will receive a refund. You don’t need to do anything to claim this, Great Run will process it automatically to the card you paid on. The refund will be your cost of entry minus a £5 administrative fee, as detailed in the terms and conditions at the point of entry. This fee covers some, but not all, of the costs we have already committed, such as fees charged to us to process the original booking, staff and supplier costs, and third-party payment providers. This is very much in line with other event and ticket providers across the industry.

Please note this refund will be processed after 31st July 2020. 

Ballot entries in 2021

It is possible that there will be no entries available in 2021, and so no ballot. The number of places that will be available in the ballot for 2021 will depend on how many 2020 runners decide to roll over their places, and the capacity of the Great North Run in 2021. This will not be confirmed until later in the year with the ballot taking place in early 2021, should it be necessary. 

Please check back for further information about entering the ballot for 2021's event.

    Simplyhealth Great North Run Charity Places 2020

    If your place was secured via a charity for 2020, your charity will be in touch with you in the coming days or weeks to confirm the process for securing a place in the next Great North Run.

    For many participants, raising money for a chosen charity is often one of the most important and most rewarding reasons for taking part in the Great North Run. There are many charities involved in the event so it is really easy to find a cause to support which is close to your heart.

    Unlike entering the general ballot which is randomised, opting to run on behalf of a charity will guarantee a place in the event. A wide range of charities of all sizes have a number of places available and can allocate them to aspiring participants in return for a commitment to raise an agreed sponsorship amount.

    As well as guaranteeing a place in the Great North Run, running on behalf of a charity offers an additional motivation to the race dynamic and has spurred on thousands of people from all around the world to reach some phenomenal achievements. Last year, it was announced that Great North Run participants raised £26,332,773 for hundreds of good causes. 

    There are still places available to support many great charities – don’t waste any more time; sign up now and make a difference! 

    It is always best to contact your chosen charity directly for more information on supporting them in the Great North Run.

    Simplyhealth Great North Run Entry Fee 2020

    There is a statutory entry fee of £58 per entry which must be paid by both affiliated and unaffiliated participants. 

    If the entry fee is higher in 2021, the entry fee paid by all entrants who roll their places over from 2020 into the next Great North Run will be honoured and they will not have to pay any additional fees.

    If you opt to enter via the general ballot, your entry fee will be charged once you have been notified that your application has been successful.

    If your chosen method of entry is via a charity place, then your entry fee will be paid to your supporting charity. During the process of gaining a charity place for the Great North Run, you and the charity will agree a minimum pledge which you will aim to meet in return for your slot in the race.

    Simplyhealth Great North Run Elite Entry Requirements

    For those who are running the Great North Run competitively, there are elite start placements available for people who meet a certain race criteria, however, the elite fields are restricted so it is advised to apply early to increase your chances of gaining one.

    If you would like to apply for an elite start, the Great Run website informs aspiring runners to get in touch with Andy Nixon with personal details and information on qualifying performances.

    Any athlete wanting to apply for an elite placement in the Great North Run will have to meet the race criteria below:-


    Men (minutes)

    Women (minutes)

    Wheelchair (minutes)





    10 mile




    Half Marathon








    There are other standards which are considered for elite entry including the below:

    • Top 20 place at the National Senior XC Championships
    • Representing Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years (Junior/ U23 / Senior)

    The Elite Management Team at Great Run specify that the above is only a guide and meeting the provided criteria does not guarantee an elite placement. They also reserve the right to refuse placement, regardless of whether the criteria has been met or not.

    Elite placements for the Great North Run are available up until 2 weeks before the event date (August 27) and no entries will be accepted after this date.

    Simplyhealth Great North Run 2020 Ballot Check

    If have applied for the Great North Run and have not yet checked whether or not your entry has been successful, the Great Run website have provided a form to allow you to check the status of your application.

    Information coming soon: Check your ballot status.

    I’ve realised I can no longer take part in the 2020 Simplyhealth Great North Run, can I withdraw my entry from the ballot?

    Please email info@greatrun.org to request to be withdrawn from the ballot. Please include your name, date of birth and post code so the customer services team can locate your entry. You would need to send your request in by 12noon on Friday 7th February.