Great Run Series
Since 1999, we have been proud to be the Official Travel Supplier to the Great Run Event Series (which includes the World's Greatest Half Marathon...The Great North Run).
The Great Run Company specialise in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation and televised sporting events. The journey began with Brendan Foster (Chairman) being inspired to take up running after watching a barefoot Abebe Bikila win the 1960 Olympic Marathon in Rome. During his time as an athlete he ran in the Round the Bays event in New Zealand, and decided to bring the concept back to his native North East.
From its flagship Great North Run event, the company has grown to consist of a portfolio of events that now extend over multiple days and include not just mass participation events but family activity, with elite competition on the Great CityGames track and associated Great Swim and Great Cycle events.