Ready to try a half marathon? The Great North Run is the perfect running event to take you to the next level of long-distance running.
Join our waiting list for the 2013 BUPA Great North Run.
Why run for Shelter?
Running for Shelter is your way to go the extra mile. It’s about pushing your boundaries and pulling together to help end homelessness in the UK.
When you put on your trainers and set yourself a new challenge, you aren’t just making a positive change in your own life. You’re helping us to improve life for thousands of others across the country, too.
Together, we can achieve so much more. Sign up to run with Shelter and we’ll be with you every step of the way.
When you join Team Shelter, you’ll get:
- a comprehensive training guide to help you prepare
- one-to-one email support from our personal trainers
- fundraising support to help you meet your sponsorship target
- personal support from our Community & Events Manager
- regular updates to keep you posted on the latest race news
- an official red Shelter running vest to wear on the day
Even if you already have your own ballot place, we'd still love to welcome you to Team Shelter. Simply raise as much sponsorship as you can.
Check out our map to see what Shelter GNR runners say about the race:
'Communication was great from Shelter leading up to the race – fantastic!'
What a day, it was like having a party every few miles – fantastic atmosphere and music and encouragement, brilliant!'
‘Crossing the Tyne Bridge with thousands of other runners was definitely the highlight of the Great North Run for me. The atmosphere was electric!’
Tom Raymond, runner
‘It’s become a proud event for the local area, with a really good atmosphere.’
James Dawson, runner
‘It was a pleasure to feel as though I have done a small amount to help others less fortunate than my self and to assist such a great team with their fantastic work’
‘I really liked the race packs that Shelter sent through and it was really useful that there was a team contact number for over the race weekend.’
Rosaling Vandyke, runner
‘I found the communication from Shelter really good. We had lots of emails and phone calls that helped us organise and spur on our fundraising.’
‘It was an amazing day, a great experience and the Shelter team made it even better!’
‘Really good atmosphere and people providing sweets and drinks really helped. ’
‘The best point was towards the 9th mile, real community atmosphere. We had 15-20 volunteers. You feel very, very proud to be part of something that makes a difference.’
Maxine Banforth, volunteer
‘Everyone was so enthusiastic and supportive which made running the Great North Run more enjoyable and memorable!’
John Nolan, runner
The last 3 miles will always stick in my mind. That really long climb uphill at mile 11 it was tough: I mean really tough; but I can remember laughing through gritted teeth at a local guy shouting encouragement and waving his can of beer!’
‘Mile 12 was a pleasure, downhill heading towards the sea, all the pain in your legs just faded away.’
‘What a day, it was like having a party every few miles – fantastic atmosphere and music and encouragement, brilliant!’
‘Finally the big one, mile 13 along the seafront, it seemed endless but then so did the support of the crowds; it was magic, even in the pelting rain the crowds must have been 10 deep.’
The Shelter reception was brilliant. I had my knee massaged, food and drink - everything I needed.’
Sean Cooper, runner
‘Crossing the line I remember feeling such a sense of achievement and pride, not just for completing the run, but because I ran it for Shelter and the people they represent.’
Guy HutchinsGuy with Colin Jackson
Want to know more?
'As the world's largest half marathon the Great North Run boasts an exciting and unique atmosphere; join Team Shelter for this fantastic experience.'
— Alysia McDonagh, Shelter Community and Events Co-ordinator
Our fundraising team is here to answer your questions. Call 0344 515 1190 or email email@example.com
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