Run for Shine

Whatever your distance, there’s a run or wheelchair race out there for you. Have a look at the events below and if you can't find what you're looking for, get in touch and our friendly Fundraising Team can help find the best event for you.

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Great North Run 

This event is now sold out, but you can join our waiting list!

Take on the world's biggest half marathon on 8th September 2024 for Shine! 

This famous event will take you from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to a finish along the seafront at South Shields, helped along by an amazing atmosphere and cheering crowds.

There's also the Junior, Mini and Mini 50 events the day before for children and families - also now sold out!

Great North Run

Junior, Mini & Mini 50

London Landmarks Half Marathon 2025

Join #TeamShine at this extremely popular half marathon on April 6th, 2025!

The London Landmarks Half Marathon is a closed road, central London run and is the only half marathon to go through both the City of London and the City of Westminster!

Whether you're an inexperienced or seasoned runner this is an event for you!

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London Marathon

Applications for our 2025 places have closed. If you have your own ballot or good for age place though we'd love you to run for Shine!

Join #TeamShine with your own place at the biggest running and fundraising event of the year and make a real difference to people living with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus. 

Take part in this famous marathon in your Shine running vest and join the 50,000 or so other runners in this fabulous event! Soak up the amazing atmosphere as you run along, with thousands of people along the route cheering you on! 

London Marathon 2025

Brighton Marathon 2025

Join #TeamShine and take part in the UK's third largest marathon on April 6th 2025.

Now organised by London Marathon Events you'll be taking part in an amazing event!

It offers a stunning coastal backdrop, taking runners past the best the city has to offer whilst running along the glorious seafront. Sign up to join #TeamShine now!

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Paris Marathon 2025

Take part in the very popular Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris on April 13th 2025!

Starting on the famous Champs-Elysees the route will take you through scenic Paris, passing by historical monuments and beautiful landmarks before finishing on Avenue Foch.

Sign up to join #TeamShine and enjoy this fantastic event!

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Manchester Marathon 2025

Join #TeamShine at one of the world’s most popular marathons on April 27th 2025.

The Adidas Manchester Marathon is now the second largest marathon in the UK after London and is famous for its fast, flat and friendly route.

Sign up to join #TeamShine and enjoy this amazing event.

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Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon 2025

On Sunday 11th May 2025, take on the popular Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon with #TeamShine!

Join over 10,000 participants taking on this fabulous event through Leeds and the surrounding countryside and starting and finishing at Headingley Stadium. 

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Vitality London 10,000

Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned runner, the Vitality London 10,000 is an unmissable mass participation event for you to enjoy. Join #TeamShine on Sunday, September 22nd 2024.
Starting on The Mall this great 10K event will take you past some of London's most famous and impressive landmarks.

And coming soon - the Vitality Westminster Mile Family event! 

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Great North 10k

You've probably heard of the Great North Run - but what about the Great North 10K?

The AJ Bell Great North 10K on July 7th, 2024, will take you along a route showcasing some of the most iconic sights of the North East, from river views to stunning architecture.

Join #TeamShine today!

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Yorkshire Marathon and 10 Mile

Join #TeamShine for a unique opportunity to run either a Marathon or 10 miles in and around the historic city of York, as part of the Yorkshire Marathon Festival on Sunday, October 20th 2024.

You'll enjoy running past iconic landmarks and in scenic countryside, supporting along the way by amazing cheering crowds!

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The London 10K

Entries closing soon!

Join #TeamShine at this very popular 10K on Sunday, 14th July 2024!

Previously known as the Asics London 10K, you'll dash past famous central London sights, including Big Ben, the London Eye and the River Thames in a 10K race to remember. 
Sign up today!  

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Hillsborough Castle & Gardens Running Festival 

Join #TeamShine at this fabulous Running Festival in the beautiful Grounds of Hillsborough Castle on Sunday, July 28 2024.

Take part in either the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon!

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Great South Run

Sign up to take part in this stunning and very popular seafront race on Sunday, 20th October 2024.

Take on this fast and flat route, perfect for beginners and PB chasers alike. You'll run past iconic landmarks including Portsmouth Harbour, the Historic Dockyard, HMS Victory and Southsea Castle and enjoy some breath-taking sea views. 

And for children and families there's also the Junior & Mini Great South Runs the day before!

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Cardiff Half Marathon

The Cardiff Half Marathon has grown into one of the largest and most exciting road races in Europe — come and join the event with #TeamShine on Sunday, October 6th 2024.

It is Wales’ largest mass-participation and multi-charity fundraising event and the second largest half in the UK.

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Run Alton Towers

2024 entry opening soon!

Join #TeamShine and take part in the 5k, 10k or half marathon through Alton Towers Theme Park on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th!

Starting, finishing and running on roads and paths within the Park this is an event for the entire family. You'll have a great day out with theme park entry and access to all rides included in your race entry!

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Royal Parks Half Marathon

This event is now sold out but if you have your own place we'd love you to run for us!

Join #TeamShine on this stunning event on Sunday, 13th October 2024.

The 13.1-mile route is run on closed roads and will take you through four of the eight Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as past iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Albert Hall. 

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Robin Hood Half Marathon

The Robin Hood Half Marathon is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK — join #TeamShine on Sunday, 29th September, 2024.

This single lap, 13.1 mile (21.1km) traffic free course is great for both seasoned runners and beginners alike.

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Hackney Half Marathon

Take part in the very popular Hackney Half Marathon and race through East London on Sunday, May 18th 2025! With live bands and entertainment throughout the course, this isn't just a race, it's a full-on festival!   

Sign up to join #TeamShine today!

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Leeds Half Marathon 2025

The Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday, 11th May is one of Yorkshire’s biggest events of its kind.

On the same day as the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, this much-loved run usually attracts thousands of runners of all abilities and ages. So, whether you're a regular runner or a first timer this could be the event for you!

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Great Birmingham Run

Join #TeamShine for the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday, 4th May 2025!

Take on either the 10K run or the half marathon at this fabulous event!

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Half Marathon - Contact Us

Great Bristol Run

Join #TeamShine at the Great Bristol Run on Sunday, May 11th 2025.

Take on either the 10K run or the half marathon.

Or, on the same day, how about the Family Run? A fun and frenzied mile for runners aged 3+.

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Family Run

Great Manchester Run

Join #TeamShine at the Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 18th 2025!

Take part in either the 10K run or the half marathon.

There's also the Junior and Mini runs the day before - giving the younger ones their own day to take centre stage!

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Belfast Marathon

On Sunday, 5th May 2024, run one of Northern Ireland's favourite and biggest marathons, the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon!

Whether you're up for taking on the Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk, Half Marathon or the full Marathon, the Belfast City Marathon offers something for everyone!

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Junior, Mini & Family Runs

There's lots of choice for children and families to take on a 'fun run' in 2024 with the Great Runs having Junior, Mini and/or Family runs. Plus the Brighton Marathon Weekend has a Mini Mile for children and the Vitality London 10,000 also has the Vitality Westminster Mile for families!

These are great opportunities for children and parents to have some fun, enjoy the atmosphere and raise a few £s for Shine!

Have a look and see whether you'd rather choose Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, London or Portsmouth!

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Other Races You Can Run for Shine!

If none of the events above are what you're looking for, you can choose any other race you wish to do!

Find your own or you can click below for a list of lots of regional events you can sign up for. Whichever way you find an event, simply buy a place and then get in touch to let us know.

You'll have no minimum sponsorship target, we just ask you to raise as much as you can!

You'll receive your very own Shine running vest and our friendly fundraising team will be there to support you every step of the way.

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Take on an Ultra Marathon

If you're looking for the ultimate running challenge, an Ultra Marathon is for you.  Get your own place, let us know, raise what you can and our friendly Fundraising Team will support you.

Here are some of our recommended races, or you can choose your own:

Race to the... - Threshold Trail series

Rat Race - Including Man vs Coast & The Wall

Get Muddy

From Tough Mudder to the Spartan Race, there is a mud run or obstacle course to suit everyone around the country! Get your own place, let us know, raise what you can and have fun at the same time. Our friendly Fundraising Team is here to support you.

 Tough Mudder


Total Warrior - Yorkshire

Wolf Run

Running Challenge

Come up with your own challenge in your local area and fundraise for Shine. 

Whether you complete a half marathon in one day, 10k in one week or a marathon in a month, whatever your ability, you can get fit and fundraise for Shine.

You could even challenge yourself to run or wheel every day for a month.

Let us know what you're planning and our friendly Fundraising Team will support you.

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Start fundraising

If you've got your own place in a race or secured a #TeamShine charity place, now is the time to start fundraising. 

Our work is almost entirely funded by the generosity of the general public which means every pound you raise as part of your fundraising is greatly appreciated

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