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 NOVA international sporting group, which was launched by retired athlete Brendan Foster.[1] The group specialises in half marathon road running events but also hosts smaller runs for children (sometimes in conjunction with the larger 10 kilometres race).

Bupa has been title partner of the Great Run Series for the last 18 years, one of Britain’s longest ever sports sponsorship agreements. Morrisons Took over sponsorship of this series of events in Early 2015. 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.[2]

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 Distance Founded
Scotland Morrisons Great Winter Run Edinburgh Holyrood Park 5K 2005
Scotland Morrisons Great Edinburgh XCountry Edinburgh 9K, 4K 2005
Scotland Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run Edinburgh City Centre 10 Miles 1993
Morrisons Great Birmingham 10K Birmingham City Centre 10K
Morrisons Great Manchester Run Manchester City Centre 10K 2003
Scotland Morrisons Great Women's 10K Glasgow 10K
Morrisons Great North 10K Gateshead 10K 2009
Morrisons Great Newham London Run Newham, London 10K 2015
Morrisons Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne-Gateshead-South Shields Half Marathon 1981
Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run Sheffield City Centre 10K 2007
Morrisons Great Birmingham Run Birmingham City Centre Half Marathon 2008
Morrisons Great South Run Southsea, Portsmouth 10 Miles 1990
Ethiopia Great Ethiopian Run Addis Ababa 10K 2001
Republic of Ireland SPAR Great Ireland Run Dublin 10K 2003
Scotland Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Glasgow Half Marathon, 10K 1991

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. ^ IAAF Road Race Label events. IAAF (2009). Retrieved on 2009-10-25.

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