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Great North Run 2021

Sunday 12 September 2021

7:00 - 19:00

Run the Great North Run for Rainbows Hospice

We have a limited number of charity places still available for this year’s Great North Run. Secure yours today!

This September, spread the smiles as you complete the miles by running for Rainbows at the Great North Run. Every step you take during the most iconic half-marathon in the world will help to brighten short lives, right here in the East Midlands. 

The Great North Run takes you from the city centre of Newcastle, across the awe-inspiring Tyne Bridge to the finish line on the coast of South Shields. Lined along the route are hundreds of spectators cheering you on, creating a unique atmosphere. And by running for Rainbows, you'll be one of the 57,000 people taking part in this amazing event, full of fantastic fancy-dress runners, celebrities and those running for a PB. There's also the chance to witness a fly past from the Red Arrows. 

Why run for Rainbows:

By running for Rainbows, you’ll be making a huge difference to the children, young people and families who rely on Rainbows. And in return, we’ll be with you every step of the way. We'll also provide you with:

  • a stylish Rainbows high-spec running top / technical t-shirt
  • support before, during and after the event – including help and support with your fundraising from a member of the team as well as refreshments post-race at the Rainbows Marquee in the charity village 
  • Team Rainbows Zoom calls prior to the event, to share details for the day and to meet your fellow runners

There are two ways you can run for Rainbows:

1.    Charity Place
Our charity places are a great way to make a huge difference to the children, young people and families who rely on Rainbows. And by getting one of our charity places, you’re guaranteed to be able to take part in the greatest half marathon in the world.  We have also taken the decision to lower our fundraising target this year to make it more achievable for more people given the current climate

All we ask is for:

  • £50 (non-refundable) registration fee
  • £275 minimum sponsorship (Gift Aid excluded)

To secure one of our charity places, please complete the Registration Form and return it to Rainbows with your registration fee.

Download your registration form

2.  Your own place

If you’re lucky enough to have secured a place in the Great North Run 2021, we would LOVE to have you run for Rainbows.

There’s no minimum sponsorship, simply raise what you can. Once you know you've got a place in the ballot, let us know by dropping us an email - we'll then provide you with everything you'll need.

Download your registration form (Own Place)

If you have any questions about securing one of our charity places at the Great North Run 2021 or about running for Rainbows, please let us know by calling 01509 638 005 or email

Upcoming events

Rainbows Hospice's Skydive Challenge Event

Friday 01 January 2021 to Friday 31 December 2021

Miles for Rainbows

Saturday 01 May 2021 to Tuesday 31 August 2021

Virtual Drawing with Joules and Rainbows Hospice

Tuesday 08 June 2021 to Tuesday 06 July 2021