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The biggest run in the world

24 September 2015

With the millionth runner across the finish line in 2014, the Great North Run this year had big boots to fill, so with over 64,500 participants across the main event and the junior runs, the Great North Run 2015 is now the biggest run in the world! Almost 100 runners took part in the Great North Run to raise money for Grace House and we couldn't have been prouder with their efforts and commitment to fundraise for us.

We had a big team running in memory of Jamie Maclennan, the son of our Senior Fundraiser, who died in December 2014, including his sister and girlfriend. We also had the author of the famous Horrible Histories, Terry Deary running for Grace House and he joined us in our charity tent before the race began. Terry has been a huge supporter of Grace House for many years and we really appreciate his support and efforts to fundraise for us.

Take a look at our photo gallery below for a snapshot of the great day we all had and click here for the full album on our Facebook page.

Our first finisher was Andrew Forbes who completed the Great North Run in the fantastic time of just 1 hour 20 minutes, not too far behind the Olympic gold medal winner, Mo Farah! Andrew finished in 157th place, which is fantastic considering there were 40,881 runners who crossed the finishing line.

Big congratulations to our top three runners

Andrew Forbes  157th      in 1:20:33

Paul Readman   353th     in 1:25:11

Andrew Hailes   665th      in 1:28:50

If you’ve been inspired by this year’s runners or just always wanted to complete the Great North Run, why not register your interest with us now. With enough runners, we can guarantee places, rather than taking your chance in the ballot.  

Can you beat Andrew’s time or set a new personal best? Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first timer, we treat everyone who runs for Grace House as a VIP with our tent full of food and drinks and massages at the end of the race. The atmosphere is always electric and we’re sure we had the loudest welcoming party this year!

Please email to register your interest for the 2016 Great North Run and we’ll give you as much help as possible to achieve your fundraising goals.

Alternatively, sign up with the Great North Run reminder service. They will email you when the ballot for 2016 places opens. Visit

The Great North Run takes place on 11th September 2016


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