This Sunday sees the return of “the World’s biggest and best half marathon” – Newcastle’s famous Great North Run. Every September, Epilepsy Research UK is fortunate to have teams of dedicated supporters take on the iconic race to raise money for vital research into epilepsy, and this year is no different.

25 runners form this year’s Great North Run #TeamERUK. The route for 2021 has been updated, now starting and finishing at the Town Moor, and we’re delighted that members from our staff team will be able to attend to cheer on our fantastic squad and meet them at the finish line. We can’t wait to meet everyone and celebrate just like old times!

“We have decided to run the Great North Run this year for a charity that is extremely close to our hearts. Epilepsy Research UK carry out incredible research, and thanks to this work Carly was able to safely carry and give birth to our children.”
Carly and Stu

Like all our supporters, the Great North Runners know all too well about the impact of epilepsy on people’s lives. The Northeast has the highest rate of epilepsy in England, with 1% of adults taking medication for the condition. Despite epilepsy being one of the most common neurological conditions, research into epilepsy is chronically underfunded.

“I decided to take on the Great North Run for Epilepsy Research UK to help fund more research into better treatment and a greater understanding of epilepsy. In 65% of epilepsy cases there is no known cause.”
Sarah

When the pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 Great North Run, a determined team from Newcastle University and the Royal Victoria Infirmary instead organised a special event of their own. Headed up by Epilepsy Research UK Trustee Dr Rhys Thomas, they staged the virtual ‘Slight North Run’, covering over 350 miles between them and raising thousands for research. This is the kind of commitment, innovation and ingenuity that we simply adore, and we cannot wait to cheer members of both institutions on in person this year!

“Every day at work I meet people with Epilepsy and see how hard it can be for them and their families, running 13.1 miles does not even compare. I would love to raise as much as possible to one day help to make a difference.”
Jo Glenton, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse

Join us on our Twitter page this Sunday when we’ll be posting photos and videos live from the event – it will be like you’re in the cheer squad with us!