Great North Run

Date: 9 September 2018 - Newcastle


Sign up for a place to take part in the iconic Great North Run for the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Known as the world’s greatest half marathon, the Great North Run starts in Newcastle upon Tyne. The 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne to cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge, where, if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead.

From there, runners will travel through Gateshead, being entertained by many bands along the way. The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners to South Shields where there is a fantastic view of the sea at the top of Prince Edward Road.

It's a welcome sight as from there you've only got a mile to go. Crowds line the streets to make sure runners are cheered on, as they make their way down the final straight to the finish line.

It's a great event and an impressive achievement.

The fundraising target we set for our runners is £500 minimum sponsorship + a deposit (refundable if target is reached).

To register your interest please get in touch by email or phone. 

Please detail why you want to run for the BDA, your fundraising plan to achieve the £500 target and some brief details on your running experience. If you are successful in applying for one of our places you will be notified shortly afterwards.

If you have any queries relating to your application please call Kelechi on 03334 054 588 or email:

This year's challengers:

James Ward

A little bit about me: I am 43 years old, married with 2 children, a boy and a girl. My eldest was recently diagnosed as dyslexic, even though I do think I might be as well but have just developed methods to get by.

I started running around 3 years ago purely as a form of exercise. 5 or 10k is about where I am comfortable, but I do try and challenge myself to a HM now and again. I ran the Great Bristol Half last year along with 10,000 people, but this GNR will be the biggest race I have ever done. 

Support James here:


Previous Challengers:

Chaz Morse

I am dyslexic myself, but this was only realised after I left school. So, my school years were the typical pattern of being dismissed by teachers as either lazy or not very bright, and this of course impacted upon my motivation. Only after I left school was I able to arrange for an assessment, and once my dyslexia was recognised, I was able to work with it, and not against it. I got myself into a good university, I now have three degrees, and a strong professional background in which I work to promote inclusive effective education and literacy as a tool for development. I also have young family members who are dyslexic, and who are now going through the education system in the UK. Taking all this into account, I want to support the BDA in its work to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, which will enable dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

You can support Chaz via his JustGiving page by clicking here.

Stefan Williams

Hi my names Stefan. I'm 25 and I'm running the Great North Run for the BDA because I want to raise awareness in my life about dyslexia because I struggled with dyslexia all through my school life. It wasn't until after school and me going to study stand up comedy at Soho Theatre in London that I gained my confidence in reading and writing. I have never ran for a charity before and I've never raised money. I decided randomly that I wanted to help others after thinking about myself and how happy I am now. So that's when I thought to myself let me give back.Thats one of the many reason to why I'm doing this. Since starting training for the BDA I have managed to beat all my running times on the simple fact that when I get my running block I say to myself this is for everyone who's struggling and that keeps me going and gives me a boost. #BDA British Dyslexia Association is close to my heart and soul. I do hope I inspire people and for people to notice that some people are struggling in schools, and how reading and writing is a basic skill we should all be leaving school with. I want to raise awareness for just that.

You can support Stefan via his GoFundMe page by clicking here.