More than one million people have completed the Great North Run since it launched in 1981, and 57,000 more will take on the race in 2022. The event also marks a return to the usual course after two COVID-hit years saw the 2020 race go virtual and the 2021 event use a modified course.
The 2022 event will take place on Sunday 11th September, and you can be sure it’s going to be a big one. Runners can expect to enjoy the unrivalled support of the people of Gateshead and Newcastle returning to line every inch of the route from the south bank of the Tyne to the finish line in South Shields.
With such an enormous number of runners you might think it would be easy to get a place. But don’t be fooled. The Great North Run is one of the most sought-after races in the UK and anyone hoping to get a place has to enter the ballot to be in with a chance.
The 2022 lottery opened at 10am on 10th January 2022 and will close at 9am on 21st February. For the first time, the ballot is being run by Let’s Do This (opens in new tab) and it costs £59 to enter. You must enter payment details to enter the ballot, but you won’t be charged unless you’re given a place – just make sure you have sufficient funds available on 21st February or your place will be given to someone else. The results of the draw will be announced by 25th February, but keep an eye on your bank account after the 21st to see if payment has been taken.
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If you don’t manage to win a spot through the ballot you can still take part in the Great North Run by running for a good cause. You can apply for a charity place by checking the website for the full list of organisations that have places in the 2022 race (opens in new tab).
Great North Run members (opens in new tab) can skip the ballot and buy a guaranteed place, but this membership is as sought after as a place in the race, with memberships sold out for 2022, 2023 and 2024.
The unique atmosphere and crowds of the event mean that missing out on a place in the Great North Run is always a downer – but there’s plenty more going on over the weekend for you to take part in, including the Great North 5K (opens in new tab) (£23) and the Junior and Mini Great North Run for kids (opens in new tab).
Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.
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