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Newcastle University's Great North Run Team – 18th & Final Year!


Ballot for places now open! Get Guidelines for entering from…

Newcastle University has been nationally acclaimed for taking…

‘Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change’!

On 1st February, at 3.45pm, Sir David Attenborough ‘phoned me to express his appreciation and support for the University’s work in addressing the climate crisis.

“The University has undertaken amazing campaigning and fundraising efforts and helping us to win some really important campaigning victories… ” (Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Director, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK)

“A huge thank you for your wonderful support… We’re so grateful… Fantastic! … Good luck to everyone taking part!” (Lucy Moulsdale, Save the Children)

Our Great North Run initiative is unique, yes really!

It has contributed to some amazing global achievements!

It supports action on these daunting global challenges!

“It’s a credit to our institution. I commend it”
(Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor)


The Great North Run, Sunday 13th September 2020

Ballot for places now open!




* “It’s important not to be complacent, but the halving of absolute poverty in a single decade is a stupendous achievement.” (Mona Chalabi, Royal Statistical Society, 2019)

* Number of children under five dying needlessly in 2018 was a shocking 5.3 million – but it was 12.7 million in 1990 (data by UNICEF, WHO, etc., 2019)!


“It is especially unacceptable that these children died largely of preventable or treatable causes.” (World Bank)

“We are facing the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world”, because of climate change. (David Attenborough)


“One of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was an honour to take part… Your work is invaluable – please keep up your efforts.” (David Chambers, BSc Engineering)

GENEROUS CONCESSIONS are available to students!

‘The leanest team in the Run!’ It’s organised by volunteers, so no staff costs and no deductions for ‘expenses’ – unique!

Entering the ballot and joining the Team:

• Save yourself a lot of grief by letting the ‘Team Manager’ know you’re interested and getting his guidelines for entering the ballot – email;

• Enter the ballot (£58), following the guidelines provided by the Manager – and let him know you’ve done so;

• If you’re unlucky in the ballot, let the Manager know immediately. You’ll have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price.

The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation sporting event in the world and over a million people have taken part in it. Each year, it’s covered extensively on BBC 2. It’s a ‘Run’, not a ‘Race’, and anyone in reasonable health who’s prepared to take the training seriously can complete it and enjoy doing so. For 2020, it’s scheduled for Sunday 13th September, two weeks before the start of term at Newcastle University.

Our nationally acclaimed ‘University Team’ raises awareness and funds for what are surely the two greatest challenges facing the human race – namely, global poverty and climate change – and to support action on the horrendous humanitarian crises currently in the news. Each team member has a wide choice as to which agency should receive a substantial proportion of the funds they raise.

A training seminar and a social, at which technical know-how and experience is shared, instil a sense of community and purpose; help with fundraising is varied and imaginative; and team photo’s before the Run and individual ones at the Finish provide great mementos of a wonderful experience.

“Hand on heart, I have to say that the support given
by Dr Golding is an inspiration to everyone.”
(Professor David Leat, Team Captain)


David W. Golding CBE PhD DSc DCL
Team Manager
Office (0191) 20 84866
Home (0191) 252 6165

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