Guaranteed places for the Great North Run

Reading AliB1's post about his first half marathon prompted me to post this ...

For anyone looking for a half marathon later in the year, the general ballot for the Great North Run opened yesterday. I think only about half the applicants get a place, so you could convince yourself that there's an easy out if things don't go well.

If you really want to to the Great North, Diabetes UK has places left - half price (but importantly GUARANTEED) entry if you undertake to raise £350 for them. You can find details (including other runs) at

My son has type 1 diabetes so my entry is in and I have my place. I did the Great North way back in 1983. That was only 3/4 years after it started up and before it became really popular. It was also long before I became the boring fat old git who was redeemed by Couch to 5K. Having completed the programme, I thought it would be neat to do it again 30 years on.

Go on - you know you want to give it a try. You only need to increase your distance by about a mile a month. Think about how you perceived the challenge of C25K before you started, and tell me you can't manage a mile a month ...


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2 Replies

  • I had looked at the GNR but will be on my holidays :) so maybe next year!

    Good luck with your training, let us know how it's going

  • Hi Malcy, good luck with your training for the half marathon, you are doing this for an amazing cause. The jury is still out for me, I am also toying with the idea of doing a half marathon later this year, fortunately the race I plan on entering doesn't have a ballot and so I have the luxury of leaving it till later while I make up my mind. 21 km is a distance I am struggling to get my head around, but then I also said I would never do a 10K and last year I had to eat my words!

    By saying you just have to run an extra mile a month sort of breaks through my mental block, I might just put that on a t-shirt!


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