Great North Run participants raise £26million for charities

Great North Run runners approach the race finish line in South Shields.
Great North Run runners approach the race finish line in South Shields.
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Runners who pounded the pavements for this year's Great North Run helped to raise more than £26million for worthy causes.

Research by The Great Run Company shows that participants in the 23 Great Run events across the UK have raised an estimated £53,945,246 for hundreds of charities over the last 12 months.

A staggering £26,332,773 alone was raised in the flagship Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields, the world’s biggest half marathon with 57,000 entrants.

With more than 200,000 finishers across the range of events from Glasgow to Portsmouth, almost a third of participants were raising money for charity, with an average of around £300 raised per runner.

The amount was based on an estimate following post-event questionnaires across the events.

The figure is expected to be even higher in 2017 with the addition of two new marathons in Stirling and Birmingham, alongside a range of events in Aberdeen and the introduction of a half marathon in Manchester.

Mark Hollinshead, Great Run Company group chief executive, said: “Charity participants are the lifeblood of our events and we’re delighted to see such a magnificent amount of money raised for good causes in 2016.

“It is heartening to see that there is so much goodwill among our running community and it has been humbling to meet some of the charities to learn first hand how they are putting those funds to good use.”