Runners won’t be together on the start line, there won’t be thousands cheering you on…but you can still run your very own Great North Run and fundraise to support Tyneside and Northumberland Mind in reaching our £30,000 goal.

What is the Virtual Great North Run?

The Great North Run have launched a virtual running campaign to ensure runners and charities can still mark the occasion. The ‘Official’ Virtual Great North Run will be a unique virtual half marathon race experience on the weekend that would have been the Great North Run weekend.

The event is free to participate in and is open for all runners or walkers, whether they had a Great North Run place or not. If you raise more than £10 for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind you will also receive a Virtual Great North Run t-shirt and Certificate.

Why we need your support

The Great North Run is an important day in the calendar for the North East, competitors, spectators and many others, but in particular for local charities like Tyneside and Northumberland Mind.

We rely on local fundraisers like you to help us continue supporting people across Tyneside and Northumberland with their mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of fundraising events to be cancelled, at a time when our services are needed more than ever.

Our dedicated runners raised a total of £30,000 for us last year. With your help and support and through the Great North Run Reimagined campaign, we’re hoping to still raise vital funds for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind to help us fund local mental health services.

We are encouraging everyone who takes part in the Virtual Great North Run to fundraise for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind as we would otherwise miss out this year.

How to sign up

Entries are now open! Sign up here to join us on the virtual start line and you too can chose to support Tyneside and Northumberland Mind in your challenge.

When you sign up, simply choose Tyneside Mind as your charity and encourage your friends, family and wider supporter network to rally behind you as you embark on your virtual Great North Run experience.

Setting up your Fundraising Page

To get started, just visit our Justgiving Event Page here, and click "Start Fundraisng". If you'd like some support in getting set up, our Fundraising Team are happy to help. Just give us a call on 0191 477 4545, or email the team at

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