The Great Run is a series of road running events around the United Kingdom, which includes the Great North Run. The Great Run is a part of The Great Run Company, which was launched by retired athlete Brendan Foster. The group specialises in road running events, from a 5k up to a marathon.
Bupa was title partner of the Great Run Series for 18 years, one of Britain’s longest ever sports sponsorship agreements, which ended in 2014. Morrisons took over sponsorship of this series of events in 2015. The series is without a sponsor for 2016, but is actively seeking a title sponsor.
Three of the runs have obtained IAAF Gold Label Road Race status: the Great Manchester Run, the Great North Run, and the Great South Run. The designation signifies that the races are among the premier competitions of their type.
Current list of events
|Event name||Location||2016 Date||Distance||Founded|
|Pure Gym Great Edinburgh Winter Run||Holyrood Park, Edinburgh||9 January||5K||2005|
|Great Edinburgh XCountry||9K, 4K|
|SPAR Great Ireland Run||Phoenix Park, Dublin||10 April||10K||2003|
|Great Edinburgh Run||Edinburgh city centre||17 April||10 Miles||1993|
|Great Birmingham 10K||Birmingham city centre||1 May||10K||2015|
|Great Bristol 10K||Bristol city centre||15 May||10K||2008|
|Great Manchester Run||Manchester city centre||22 May||10K||2003|
|Great Women's 10K||Glasgow||5 June||10K|
|Great North 10K||Gateshead||3 July||10K||2009|
|Great Newham London Run||Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London||17 July||10K||2015|
|Great Newham London Family Run||2K|
|Great Newham London Marathon Relay||10.54K[a]|
|Great Yorkshire Run||Harrogate||24 July||10K||2007|
|Great North 5K||Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead||10 September||5K|
|Great North Run||Newcastle upon Tyne-Gateshead-South Shields||11 September||Half Marathon||1981|
|Great Bristol Half Marathon||Bristol city centre||25 September||Half Marathon||1989|
|Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run||Glasgow city centre||2 October||Half Marathon, 10K||1991|
|Great Birmingham Run||Birmingham city centre||16 October||Half Marathon||2008|
|Great South 5k||Southsea, Portsmouth||22 October||5K|
|Great South Run||23 October||10 Miles||1990|
|Great Ethiopian Run||Addis Ababa||20 November||10K||2001|
- per person, in teams of four.
- IAAF back Nova International in street racing initiative. Great Run (2009-05-18). Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
- "Great South Run loses main sponsor Morrisons". www.portsmouth.co.uk.
- "Title sponsor sought for Great Run series of racing events". The Drum.
- IAAF Road Race Label events. IAAF (2009). Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
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