Great North Run - September 2017

Challenge Information

The Great North Run has been officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the biggest half marathon in the world!

Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne where thousands of people will cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge, where if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead.

From there runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained many bands on the run. The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course.

From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish gantry.

Compassion Challenges have five places to give away and are looking for general ballot runners to join the team.

DATE: 10 September 2017

DISTANCE: Half Marathon

LOCATION: Newcastle, UK

AGE: 17 years old and over

FUNDRAISING TARGET: £500 or 2 children sponsored

Our Compassion Challenges team will be raising funds for mosquito nets at Compassion projects in Uganda. 

It costs just £4.50 to provide a child with an insecticide-treated net that could save their life.

Across the child development centres it works with, Compassion Uganda has observed that the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in registered children is malaria. In fact, Uganda has among the highest incidences of malaria in the world; approximately 70,000 to 100,000 children die of the disease annually.

The money raised will go towards providing 9,300 individuals across 20 centres in Bugiri, Busia, Iganga and Pallisa with PermaNets®, the insecticide-treated nets recommended by the Ugandan Ministry of Health.

Click here for more information about this initiative.


Interested in running the Great North Run as part of the Compassion Challenges team? Get in touch with us through or call Darren on 07788 262338.

Visit the race website for further event information. 

Photo credit: Great Run/North News.