Great North Run Solo

As lockdown begins to end, many people affected by eating disorders are still felling cut off and alone. Trapped by the silence, isolation and stigma these serious mental illnesses cause to people’s lives. 

Beat has experienced a 73% increase in demand for our services since lockdown began and we are determined to continue to be here for as many people each day as we can through our Helpline services. But with many more sporting and mass participation events being cancelled this autumn – we need your fundraising and support more than ever to continue providing what has become a lifeline for so many. 

The Great North Run is one of the most recent events to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak - but you can take advantage of this unique opportunity to join the virtual Great North Run Solo, receive a medal and be part of the 40th anniversary of the world’s most prestigious half marathon event.

What is the Great North Run Solo?

The Great North Run Solo is a virtual challenge for runners across the UK to celebrate what would have been the 40th Great North Run this year.  You don’t need a place in the Great North Run to take part – this virtual event is open to anyone!  

  • Complete a minimum 40 runs of any distance over 78 days - a run for each year of the Great North run! You can run at any pace and distance comfortable for you whilst sharing your Just Giving page with friends and family.  

  • You can start the Great North Run Solo from 28 June and you have until 13 September to complete your 40 runs 

  • On completion of your challenge you will receive an exclusive, special edition Great North Run Solo medal and digital certificate.  

  • To claim your medal, you will need to track each run over the challenge period on a tracking app. Once you have completed the challenge, you will need to upload a screenshot of your activity onto the Great North Run Solo website to get your medal.  

How can I take part? 

Sign up to the Great North Run Solo here:  


You must enter before 31 July and complete the challenge by 13 September. 

Once you have your place, let us know by clicking the button below and one of our lovely Community Fundraising Officers will be in touch to support you with your fundraising.  


How much is it to join? 

It costs £10 to join, and all profits from your entry fee will go to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. 

Health and wellbeing

Any half marathon is an extremely tough physical challenge. We strongly suggest that you consult your doctor/clinician before taking part in a sporting event, especially if you have an existing medical condition. If you have personal experience of an eating disorder, we also strongly suggest that you have been out of treatment for at least 2 years. Please make sure you read our fundraising guidelines before getting started.  

Event Price

Anywhere across the UK

Event Date
28/06/2020 - 13/09/2020

Event Organiser
Fundraising Team