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Why do the Great North Run?

thumbnailLate last week on the 15th September, the Great North run took place in Newcastle Gateshead. The half marathon had a spectacular turn out of over 41000 runners along with spectators covering the 13.1 mile course. The race took participants across the iconic Tyne Bridge and onto the picturesque coastal finish in South Shields. 
The Bupa Great North Run was hailed the greatest ever! People from all walks of life took part for hundreds of different charities. From budding athletes, amateur runners and celebrities to a 92 year old war veteran who finished the race in 4 hours and 3 minutes, whilst being cheered on every step of the way! 

Getting involved can be a great social opportunity, whether you team up with friends and family to train for the event or make lots of new friends on the big day. Training for the event is a great way to get fit, so there are definite health benefits of taking part. As well as running alongside famous faces and legendary athletes you will also be doing an amazing thing for so many people. When you sign up for the run you can start raising money for your chosen charity straight away! This is a great way to keep motivated and remember why you’re training so hard!

The Great run also has mini events such as the 5k run for children. Over 6000 youngsters got involved this year raising money for various charities. Overall an astonishing £28million was raised across the event.

The next Great North run takes place on Sunday 7th September 2014. Once you sign up you will have several months to prepare yourself for the 13 mile race. Tips and advice can be found on the great run website along with all the other information you need! There are other events running throughout the UK at various times of this year and next, so there’s lots of opportunities to get involved.