Great North Run 2019

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The Great North Run 2019 takes place 8th September and it is about this time of year when we get approached by charities who are really keen to have student volunteers help out on the day. 

Below there is more information about the different charities and roles, if you would like to volunteer with any of these give Becky an email at and let her know which charity you would like to help, you will also need to give her your student ID number. 


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?

The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 8th 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.


We are Diabetes UK. We are leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growth health crisis of our time.

This year, as Simpleyhealth's chosen partner, we have hundreds of runners join us in our fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support us in with cheering our amazing team of 550 runners.

Our cheer points are:

-        At mile 3.6 which is on Abbotsford Road (near Heworth Station), NE10 0EU and we need cheers from 10.30am – 1pm.

-        At mile 10.5 which is on Prince Edward Road, NE34 6QT and we need cheerers from 11.30am – 3pm

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!

There is no previous experience needed and volunteers need only bring themselves and their enthusiasm. A Diabetes UK T-shirt and refreshments will be provided on the day.


Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to join our cheer point at the Great North Run on Sunday 8 September. With over 130 runners raising money to help us support families with seriously ill children, we want give them all the encouragement we can! Our cheer point will be located near mile 8, by the Leam Lane/John Reid roundabout. You will be able to spot us easily as we’ll be standing under a rainbow balloon arch.

We will come armed with t-shirts, rainbow hair, noise makers, signs, jelly babies, you name it, we will have it! The Rainbow Trust Cheer point is the best place to be to soak up the atmosphere and it would be great to have lots of people there, so please get in touch ASAP if you want to come along, feel free to bring along friends/course mates, the more the merrier!

TOMMY - Photographers Needed

We have runners take part in a wide range of events throughout the year. One of our largest events is the Great North Run with over 500 runners running as part of Team Tommy’s. We are currently looking for volunteer photographers to join our team on the day of the event and help us capture the day. You will be at one of our cheer points along the route from 10am – 2pm taking photos of our supporters and our runners as they pass. We will be sharing these photos on all of our social media platforms and with the runners themselves. The Great North Run is an incredible event to be apart of with an unbeatable atmosphere and is an all round great experience.


We are expecting a team of 100 runners to take part in this iconic half marathon for British Cross and we need you to come help us make their day extra special! Our team of runners are fundraising for Red Cross and we hope to raise £90,000 to support our work.

Are you cheerful, enthusiastic and looking to be part of the buzz of this event? If so this is the volunteer role for you.

Volunteer roles would involve joining us at our cheer or point helping our runners to power through those miles or welcoming them back at our Charity tent after the race. You’d be joining the Events team for one of the highlights of the fundraising calendar.


#TeamScope – Event Day Volunteer

Key skills you'll gain

· Experience in events logistics

- Experience as part of a fundraising team

Why we need you

The streets of Newcastle will once again come alive on Sunday 8 September in the 2019 Great North Run. We're creating the ultimate cheering team and are looking for enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing people to join us at our cheerpoint. Your role will help boost our fantastic runners on to the finish line and make them feel super proud of what an amazing thing they’re doing for disabled people and their families. We’ll have music, banners, flags and you’ll get a free Scope t-shirt.

Mile 8 in Simonside, South Shields (near Bede Metro Station) Sunday 8 September 2019, 11.30am – 3pm (approximate timings) It would be fantastic if you’re able to volunteer for the full shift, but if you can’t then we’d be grateful for any time you’re able to give.

How we will support you

We will ensure you have sufficient travel plans to and from the event, as well as some information about the event logistics and what we'd like you to do. On the day, we will be on hand to support you, answer any questions and ensure you are getting the most from your day out.

What we are looking for

We're looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic, friendly and ready to be the loudest and proudest cheerers on the course! No experience necessary.


A massive boost at the moments when I needed it most’ – #TeamAN Great North Runner 2018

We are looking for enthusiastic supporters to cheer on our fantastic Team Anthony Nolan runners at this year’s Great North Run.

With hundreds of lifesaving runners taking part in this world famous half marathon, our #TeamAN runners need all the support and motivation they can get to reach the finish line. We have a reputation for being some of the loudest and proudest cheerers on the course, so the louder you are the better!

Anthony Nolan is the charity that makes lifesaving connections between people with blood cancer and incredible strangers ready to donate their stem cells. We’re saving lives right now. Three lives a day, in fact. But we can’t do it without you. Without you, there is no cure.

With your support we can give #TeamAN a fantastic race day experience. You will receive your own Anthony Nolan t-shirt to wear on the day and other fun cheering goodies!

We will have cheer squads at two locations along the half marathon course on Sunday 8th September 2019. You can be based at either mile 4 (near Heworth Roundabout) or mile 8 (close to Bede Metro station).

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

Be part of the exciting atmosphere and help us spur on those running to save more lives.


Do you want an opportunity to take part in an amazing charity event day experience, to do something incredible, and to change people’s lives?

Join our Great North Run volunteer team on Sunday 8th September 2019 and unite with our runners in the fight against dementia!

You'll be cheering runners aboard the top deck of our cheer bus as they take on the famous Great North Run!

Just for a few hours! We're flexible and any time you can give really will help.

By cheering on our team from our cheer bus you will play a vital role on the day and will be supporting the amazing work our team of runners 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 fundraising from our runners 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.

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.

We hope to see you there!


The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. We have over 500 amazing participants running between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

Come join us in cheering on our runners and make it a day to remember for our runners! Our Cheer Volunteers;

· Spot our runners at the cheer points.

· Encourage and motivate our runners as they pass our supporter zone.

Use my energy and enthusiasm and make lots of noise to cheer!

When? · Sunday 8th September · Between 10am – 4pm (whenever you can, don’t have to for the whole day)

Where? Cheering Point: Mile 8 - A1300 John Reid Road, nearest metro stations Bede or Simonside (more info once signed up)

Aged 16 and over for cheerers


Cheerers straight to bus location Please make your own way to your cheering location. However, please be aware roads will be closed so plan your route in advance.

If you arrive early enough, parking will be available next to the Little Chef, just off the roundabout although you will not be able to exit from here until the roads reopen.

Ensure you arrive at your cheering location between 9.30 am – 10.00 am

Note: This section of the route closes at 9:45am when the bus will pull into position.

 Cheering Point Band near your location: APU (bands are not guaranteed to be directly adjacent to the bus)

Equipment provided for bus: All equipment will be on the bus when you board.

Please do not decorate the bus until the bus is in position

 General Information: Please bring your own refreshments

There will be 1 toilet located next to your bus

Estimated departure time from cheering location: 13.30 Race start – 10:10 wheelchairs Elite Women – 10:15 Elite Men & Masses – 10:40


Be part of something incredible and volunteer with us at the 2019 Great North Run.


We need cheerers who have lots of enthusiasm to make lots of noise to encourage our runners as they pass by.

Cheers and encouragement really do help all our runners around the course and ensure we provide our supporters with a memorable event experience. We will provide you with a t-shirt and cheer materials. No previous experience is needed and we will give you a briefing pack and more information closer to the event day.

The satisfaction that you’re helping to change the future of spinal cord injury. We’ll even provide you with a free t-shirt to wear proudly on event day.


We are looking for volunteers to join our team at a cheer point to help make as much noise as possible and create an electrifying atmosphere to help give our amazing runners that extra boost towards the finish line.

Skills Qualities and experience needed

Along with great communication and interpersonal skills, we ask that you are:

  • Flexible and willing to volunteer outdoors
  • Enthusiastic about the NAS and helping at events
  • Willing to volunteer as part of a team.

We would encourage those on the spectrum to come along and help us at events, you will need to bring the necessary support you will need to be able to volunteer at the event, we are not able to provide individual support for volunteers.

When and where

  • Newcastle-Gateshead-South Shields
  • Event date: 8th September 2019
  • Start at 10:30am until 2:30pm – we can be flexible on times


  • There will be NAS staff on hand to support you when you are The NAS Events team with provide you with information about the events
  • You will be given a NAS Tshirt and other equipment to help you make some noise and cheer on those taking part in the event. 
  • We can pay agreed out of pocket expenses such as local travel.  These will need to be agreed with the NAS before the event

What you could get out of it

We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome


Mencap has runners who have signed up to run and fundraise for us, but we need you to come to our cheer point to give them a big cheer and a high five to keep them going as they near the finish line!

Our cheer point will be based between miles 8 and 9 of the route, near Bede Metro Station. We need volunteers to arrive at the cheer point between miles 8 and 9 on the course by 9:30am. We aim to finish by 2:00pm.



Our volunteer photographers are a vital part of every event, ensuring we capture every moment to share with our current and future fundraisers.

  • To produce images that are inspiring and make people feel excited and want to take part as a participant for the RSPCA in the next running event
  • To produce images that capture the atmosphere of the cheering stations and encourage viewers to volunteer in future events
  • To produce a portfolio of images that we can use for promotion of the charity on a variety of platforms
  • To enable us to share the images taken with our participants as a snapshot of their incredible achievement

We welcome amateur and professional photographers alike. You will need your own good quality camera and be able to transfer the photos to us within 3 days of the event. Some experience of sport photography would be beneficial but not essential.

Sports Therapist / Masseuse

We are looking for a volunteer sports therapist or masseuse to offer our runners a massage after the half marathon.

This would suit a trainee who is looking to gain more real world experience to add to their CV. We are happy to give quotes and photos to add to your portfolio.

We welcome trainee and professional sports massage therapists alike. You will need to bring your own equipment

Event Assistant

Our volunteer Events Assistants are responsible for helping set up and run our cheer stations on the day of the race
Also to support our Team Animal participants taking part in challenge events, such as: running, cycling, trekking and swimming.

  • Cheering on the RSPCA runners
  • Helping guide our weary and triumphant eventers to the post-race reception (if applicable)
  • Helping set up, run and pack up our cheer point and / or post event reception
  • Congratulating and thanking our fundraisers and capturing quotes to be used as case studies
  • Taking photographs throughout the day

This would be ideal for an organised individual looking to gain experience in the events and charity sectors


With over 57,000 runners on the course and 100 RSPCA runners we really need your help to shout words of encouragement and get them around the course!

Our cheer point is at mile 8 along John Reid Road near to the Perth Road junction - the nearest metro station Brockley Whins.

We know from speaking to our supporters that the cheers they get on the day inspire and encourage them to cross the finish line - they couldn't do it without you!


We are looking for volunteers to help us cheer on our amazing runners in the Great North

Our cheer post will be open from 10.30 till 14.00. Anyone joining us will receive a GOSH t shirt and cheering sticks.

Our Cheer Point will be situated at around mile 8, on the course. The roundabout is where the A194 intersects with the A1300, it's close to Bede station and nearby a McDonalds.


Give your time to make some noise for our runners at the Great North Run

Our volunteers play a crucial role in making these events happen and it's never too early to sign up.

Help get our runners across the finish line, get the community cheering and create a fantastic day for everyone involved.

Our runners are so grateful to have your support, so please register your interest so that we know you'll be joining our volunteering team on the day.

You don't even need any previous experience.

Whether you have minutes, hours or all day to give, we have a role for you:

  • Being part of a cheer squad (11:00 - 15:00)
  • Charity area - post-race support (12:30 - 16:00)



This is your chance to cheer, whoop and clap along our amazing team of Teenage Cancer Trust runners at the Great North Run! We’d love you to join our enthusiastic cheering squad to support our runners to keep on going.

This is a rewarding and fun day of volunteering, and the perfect opportunity to sign up with your friends and family to come along and cheer together, or to come along and meet other Teenage Cancer Trust volunteers in our cheering squad.

Your support will help our runners to stay motivated throughout their challenge and help Teenage Cancer Trust in our goal to reach every young person with cancer.  

Time Commitment: Time: 10.30am-3pm (Please be aware that on race day travelling around Newcastle/South Shields will be tricky due to road closures and large volumes of people, so do allow extra time for your journey)

What will I do?

• Cheer, support and motivate Teenage Cancer Trust runners at a specific point along the route

• Engage the public with the work of Teenage Cancer Trust

• Be a friendly and approachable face of the charity

Finish line/Marquee of the Great North Run, South Shields

We’re looking for volunteers to assist at the finish line of this iconic half marathon as our amazing Teenage Cancer Trust runners complete their challenge! As the finish line area is always a very busy area we need volunteers to help us to ensure that things run smoothly as well as direct and congratulate the Teenage Cancer Trust runners after completing their incredible challenge!

And pick up ad hoc jobs as they arise. Time Commitment: 11:00pm-3pm Sunday 8 September 2019

What will I do?

 • Assist with setting up the equipment at the event

 • Congratulate and direct runners after they cross the finish line

• Be a friendly and approachable face of the charity

 • Help Teenage Cancer Trust to reach more young people with cancer

• Ad hoc jobs such as serving teas/coffees/greeting people in the marquee on the day

Massage Therapist

At this year’s Great North Run, we are looking for professional or semi-professional massage therapist volunteers to help our runners to recover after the gruelling challenge! Time Commitment:

Time: To be set up by 10.30am-3pm (Please be aware that on race day travelling around Newcastle/South Shields will be tricky due to road closures and large volumes of people, so do allow extra time for your journey)

What will I do?

 • Provide massages and advice to our amazing runners after their event

• Talk to our runners about their experience

• Alert Teenage Cancer Trust staff to any issues or areas of concern


We’re recruiting a volunteer photographer for the Great North Run, and we want to be able to give supporters and participants the best possible experience, and that includes capturing the atmosphere of the day, and that’s where you come in!

We will also ask to see a sample of some of your work; a link to a profile or portfolio

Time Commitment: Time: 10am –3.30pm (Please be aware that on race day travelling around Newcastle/South Shields will be tricky due to road closures and large volumes of people, so do allow extra time for your journey)

Location: Great North Run Route/Post race event village South Shields Responsible to: Louise Miles Regional Fundraising Team

About you:

• Ideally, you’ll be a professional or talented amateur photographer, or a photography student looking to develop your portfolio

 • You have the ability to build rapport with supporters and young people with cancer • You have an understanding of photography and some good experience of this type of work, creativity and initiative to take the best possible shots

• You’ll be a friendly and approachable representative of Teenage Cancer Trust

• You’ll also need to have the ability to take direction where necessary, particularly when working with vulnerable young people


The National Autistic Society have our biggest ever team of participants taking part in The Great North Run this year on Sunday 8th September and we are looking for a team of volunteers to fill our cheer point, 2 miles from the finish line to help cheer our fantastic runners on to the end of the race.

Our participants have been working hard all year round to train and fundraise as much money as they can to help fund the vital services our charity offers to those affected by autism and our cheer point really will make a difference in motivating our participants and making them feel as appreciated as they should be for doing such a fantastic job for us.

You may be autistic, know somebody who is autistic or simply want to do something worthwhile and exciting with your spare time. Either way, we would love to have you as part of our cheer team so if this position interests you and you want a Sunday to remember, please let us know



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