Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch

Run the Great North Run for the RSPCA

marathon.JPGThe world’s biggest half marathon is taking place on Sunday 11 September and the RSPCA has charity places available for anyone wanting to take on the challenge – or to simply cheer on the other runners!

The RSPCA is the country’s oldest animal welfare charity and relies on public donations to carry out vital work protecting animals in need.

Any seasoned runners or those looking to get fit can gain a place in the run, which takes place between Newcastle and South Shields, to help raise money for the charity.

There is a £42 registration fee to run for the RSPCA and a fundraising target of £350. To register visit

Any potential runners have until Thursday 30 June to register with the RSPCA.

All of the money raised will go towards the RSPCA’s work in preventing cruelty to animals, including rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abandoned and mistreated pets, bringing those responsible for cruelty before the courts and campaigning for improvements in animal welfare.

By running for the RSPCA you will receive:

  • RSPCA training t-shirt.

  • RSPCA running vest.

  • Iron on vest letters, so our cheerers can shout your name.

  • Post reception gathering at the charity village

  • Cheering materials for your friends and family.

  • Running fundraising pack, which includes lots of ideas to maximise your sponsorship, including stickers, posters and collection boxes.

  • Running training guide.

  • Facebook group to talk to other RSPCA runners.

  • Events team on hand to help with your fundraising.

Fundraising manager Katie Sutcliffe said: “We have four weeks to fill our places for this amazing half marathon which has a reputation for being one of the best in the world.

“There may be some animal-loving runners out there who didn’t get chosen in the Great North Run ballot back in February and we would love to hear from you.

“The half marathon sees first class athletes from around the world running alongside those who are doing a half marathon for the first time, as well as everyone in between. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere on the day.  

“This is a great chance to be part of something special and to make a difference to animals in need.”

The route was run by 57,000 runners last year and covers 13.1 miles from Newcastle, across the Tyne Bridge and finishes on the South Shields seafront.

The RSPCA is also looking for cheerers to join RSPCA Team Animal and be part of our lively and supportive cheering  team. We need your help to cheer on our Team Animal runners, as loud as you can, and help them reach the finish line.  Email if you are interested, call 0300 123 0598 or visit

For more information including how to sign up visit: