Great Run

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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.[1] 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.[2] The series is without a sponsor for 2016, but is actively seeking a title sponsor.[3]

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.[4]

In the early 2000s, the series expanded beyond the UK and established Great Run races in the Republic of Ireland, Ethiopia and Australia.

Current list of events[edit]

Event name Location 2016 Date Distance Founded
Pure Gym Great Edinburgh Winter Run Scotland Holyrood Park, Edinburgh 9 January 5K 2005
Great Edinburgh XCountry 9K, 4K
SPAR Great Ireland Run Republic of Ireland Phoenix Park, Dublin 10 April 10K 2003
Great Edinburgh Run Scotland Edinburgh city centre 17 April 10 Miles 1993
Great Birmingham 10K England Birmingham city centre 1 May 10K 2015
Great Bristol 10K England Bristol city centre 15 May 10K 2008
Great Manchester Run England Manchester city centre 22 May 10K 2003
Great Women's 10K Scotland Glasgow 5 June 10K
Great North 10K England Gateshead 3 July 10K 2009
Great Newham London Run England 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 England Harrogate 24 July 10K 2007
Great North 5K England Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead 10 September 5K
Great North Run England Newcastle upon Tyne-Gateshead-South Shields 11 September Half Marathon 1981
Great Bristol Half Marathon England Bristol city centre 25 September Half Marathon 1989
Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Scotland Glasgow city centre 2 October Half Marathon, 10K 1991
Great Birmingham Run England Birmingham city centre 16 October Half Marathon 2008
Great South 5k England Southsea, Portsmouth 22 October 5K
Great South Run 23 October 10 Miles 1990
Great Ethiopian Run Ethiopia Addis Ababa 20 November 10K 2001
  1. ^ per person, in teams of four.

Former events[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IAAF back Nova International in street racing initiative. Great Run (2009-05-18). Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  2. ^ "Great South Run loses main sponsor Morrisons". 
  3. ^ "Title sponsor sought for Great Run series of racing events". The Drum. 
  4. ^ IAAF Road Race Label events. IAAF (2009). Retrieved on 2009-10-25.

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