Great North Run Volunteering Opportunities

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The Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

Every year we have lots of opportunities for you to get stuck in with and volunteer on the day, this could be a cheerer at one of the various points along the route, marshal to help the event run smoothly, photographer or videographer to help capture the day and many more. 

Please read through the below opportunities and see if there are any which interest you. If you would like to sign up please send us the following info to 

  • Full name
  • 9 digit student ID number (no letters)
  • The opportunity which you would like to sign up to


Volunteering with Diabetes UK – Cheer Squad!

When the going gets tough for #TeamDUK, and the final mile seems a long way off, we cheer our incredible supporters on and give them that extra push they need to cross the finish line. Want to join us?

The event:

The course starts in Newcastle upon Tyne and takes runners through the city centre, over the iconic Tyne Bridge and right out towards the coast in South Shields. The 13.1 mile route is lined by thousands of spectators, so we’re planning on having two cheer points and are in need of some volunteers to help us make some noise!

Broadcast live on the BBC, over 57,000 runners each year take on the challenge; it’s an increasingly popular race and is one not to be missed.

Everything you need will be provided, including a Diabetes UK t-shirt, clappers and bells. You just need to be ready for cheering, clapping, whooping, smiles and words of encouragement!

Your cheer duties include:

  • Looking out for #TeamDUK on the course
  • Cheering throughout the event, with an extra special cheer for #TeamDUK participants!
  • Setup and takedown of flags and banners
  • Distributing merchandise

Personal benefits:

As well as helping us fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm, volunteering for Diabetes UK can be a good way to:

  • Gain insight into the charity sector
  • Boost your CV for career development
  • Meet new people
  • Improve wellbeing
  • Help to spur on our runners which is invaluable

Why volunteer with us?

As the UK’s leading diabetes charity, it’s our job to tackle the diabetes crisis. We’re here to prevent Type 2 diabetes, campaign for and support everyone affected by diabetes, and fund research that will one day lead us to a cure. We are fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes is a serious and often hidden condition, so without access to crucial information and support people experience life-changing and potentially fatal complications. All our work is made possible thanks to our supporters who offer their time, their donations and fundraising to help us find reach a world where diabetes can do no harm.


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