How can I apply for the 2023 Great North Run? Ballot information and how to get involved

The 2022 race may have just ended, but it’s never too early to start preparing for next year.

The iconic half marathon returned to South Shields for the first time since 2019 after the traditional route was changed in 2021 due to Covid safety measures.

This year’s race took place just days after Queen Elizabeth II passed away, with a minute of silence held in tribute to the late monarch.

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Whether you tried to get a place for the 2022 event but were unsuccessful or are inspired by a loved one completing the half marathon, here is how to get involved in the 2023 Great North Run.

How can I apply for the 2023 Great North Run? Ballot information and how to get involved. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

The vast majority of entries for the event are decided through the ballot system, although other methods may be available.

When is the 2023 Great North Run?

The Great North Run will return on Sunday, September 10.

When will the ballot for the 2023 Great North Run open?

The Great North Run ballot usually opens in January of the year of the run and remains open for around six weeks.

The ballot for this year’s event opened on Monday, January 10 and closed on Monday, February 21. Potential runners found out if they were successful in the same week as the closure of the ballot.

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How can I run the Great North Run for a charity?

Anyone who has been unsuccessful in the Great North Run ballot still has the chance to participate in one of the region’s largest annual events by running the route for a charity.

The race has agreements with some huge charities and leave places each year for anyone wanting to run for an organisation close to their heart.

These charities include Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Mind. To take part through the charity route, runners need to contact associated charities directly. This can be done around the same time as the opening of the ballot.

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Can I volunteer at the Great North Run?

The majority of volunteering places for the Great North Run are made up by community groups, charities and sports clubs although a small number of individual volunteering places are available.

Potential volunteers who may want to get involved in the 2023 event without running can use the form on the Great Run website to register.