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The Simplyhealth Great North Run 

Distance: Half Marathon

Location: Newcastle

Date: 10 September 2017 

Age: 17 years old and over

The Great North Run is the world’s biggest half marathon and places sell out quickly. You run 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields across the iconic Tyne Bridge and along the beautiful North East Coastline. The race attracts top level athletes such as Mo Farah and you could run alongside 57,000 other athletes all achieving something amazing.

Do get in touch quickly to book your place and we will send you a vest or t shirt, a fundraising pack and details about the amazing work that you will be supporting, helping the 6,000 people each year who are affected by encephalitis.

As we are a small charity, surviving entirely on gifts and donations from the generous public we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for each event place you commit to. We will help you achieve this though – together we can make a difference, and you will have an amazing time!

How can we help?

To register your interest in The Great North Run please contact our fundraising team on +44 (0)1653 692583 or and we can guide you through everything you will need to know.

We can also help you to raise your sponsorship and will support you every step of the way with a free t shirt or vest, fundraising packs, training tips and on the day cheer points. 

What is encephalitis?

Encephalitis is a swelling of the brain which is caused either by an infection invading the brain or through the immune system attacking the brain in error. Around 500,000 people are affected globally each year.

Who are we?

The Encephalitis Society has been delivering life-changing supporting to individuals and families affected by encephalitis for 22 years. We offer a helpline, weekends away for those affected and their families, peer to peer support for children and a Neuropsychology service

Our dream

To live in a world where encephalitis is as rare as possible, and that those affected and their families, have access to early diagnosis, excellent management of their condition, timely access to rehabilitation and other forms of social support.

The Encephalitis Society is the operating name of the Encephalitis Support Group which is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 4189027. Registered Office as above. Registered Charity No. 1087843.