Great North Run 2018

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Be a part of the Great North Run 2018, the world biggest and most famous half marathon, which raises millions of pounds every year for worthwhile causes. This year it takes place on September 9th and over the coming weeks we will get alot of requests from charities taking part who need volunteers to go along and cheer on their runners, which may not seem like volunteering but it can make a big difference for the runners and is a great way to meet new people and to be part of such a spectacular event.

Check out the opportunities below and email Go Volunteer with the name of which charity you would like to help out. 


The Alzheimers Society

We are looking for enthusiastic, excitable volunteers to join our Great North Run volunteer team to ensure our runners receive the support they deserve along the course. By cheering them on from our cheer points you will play a vital role on the day and will be supporting the amazing work our team are doing for Alzheimer’s Society, and for all those that are affected by dementia.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, have fun and help maximise the vital funds our runners raise in the fight against dementia. It will also look great on your CV, showing that you can have real commitment to a good cause. In return for your time and energy, we will make sure you look the part by providing you with an Alzheimer’s Society t-shirt and cheering equipment.


Anthony Nolan

This year 2,000 people in the UK with blood cancer will need a lifesaving transplant. Anthony Nolan works to save the lives of people with blood cancer by matching amazing individuals to those desperately in need of a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant.

We are looking for happy and enthusiastic supporters to help us cheer on our fantastic Team Anthony Nolan runners at this year’s Great North Run on the 9th of September and wondered if this would be something we can advertise to your students. 

We will be supporting our incredible runners at two cheering points along the half marathon course. You can be based at either mile 4 (near Heworth Roundabout) or mile 8 (close to Bede Metro station).

You will be provided with an Anthony Nolan t-shirt to wear on the day and other fun cheering goodies, like cheer sticks!

We would like you to be available between 10.30am and 2.30pm, or for as long as they’re able to stay and cheer with us!



What does Shelter do

At Shelter, we believe that no one should fight bad housing or homelessness alone. That’s why we offer free, expert advice to anyone – no matter what their situation – 365 days a year. We provide people with the best possible help to solve their housing problems. Free, accessible advice is available on our website, via the expert advisers on our helpline, and in our face-to-face advice centres across the country. For those in more challenging situations our specialist support services give the full, practical support needed to get people back on their feet.

How does volunteering at Great North Run help

Events like this enable us to fundraise for our services, and volunteers on the day are a huge part of that.  We find that having on the day supporters makes a huge amount of difference to the runners and it also allow us to get our name out there to allow people to know who we are and how we help.

When and where is it?

Details can be found on the role description attached. The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 9th September and we will be looking for volunteers between 10am and 3pm at mile 8 of the race route. A map and exact location will be provided in a full brief.

What do students get from it

It is a one-off event, meaning it works well for students who may not be able to commit to an extended volunteering period, and we are able to provide references for any students who requests one.  On the day, the cheer point will be manned by Shelter staff members as well as other volunteers so it’s a great chance to work on communication skills as well as being able to ask any questions about the work that Shelter does and how to get involved within the charity sector. All volunteers will receive full brief beforehand along with a contact number for the Staff member at the cheer point.


Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK. More than dementia and cancer combined. That means we need to take action now.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer to support us in with cheering our amazing team of 380 runners along at the Great North Run on 9th September.

Our cheer points are:

  •         At mile 8.5 which is on John Reid Road NE34 9EW and we need cheers from 11.30am to 2pm.
  •         At mile 12 mile which is on Coast Road, NE34 7JN and we need cheerers from 12pm to 4pm (by the finish line).

This is a fun day out with an amazing festival atmosphere. This is one off and very flexible – if you can give 2 hours, great, if you would like to stay for longer – amazing!





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