Bupa Great North Run: Stat Attack

Swot up on ten of the most mind-boggling facts about this Sunday’s Great North Run

gnr 2011, bupa great north run

This Sunday heralds the return of one of Britain's most iconic races: the 32nd Bupa Great North Run. More than 55,000 runners will take to the streets of Newcastle to take on the half marathon after months of hard training.

In our Bupa Great North Run hub page, you should find plenty of tips and info to help you have a superb race. We've also compiled the top 10 mind-boggling facts about the racing extravaganza.

  • There were 12,000 runners in the 1981 event. That figure has now risen to 55,000+.
  • Over 18,000 gallons of Aqua Pura water and more than 4,400 gallons of Powerade will be drunk by thirsty runners.
  • The finishers' medals take 243kg of metal and almost three miles of ribbon to produce.
  • The Great North Run creates an economic impact for the region independently valued at £36
  • A TV highlights programme goes out to more than 60 countries.
  • It takes 37 double-decker buses to transport runners' baggage to the finish of the Bupa Great North Run.
  • Race sponsor Bupa will give away over 1,050kg of jelly babies at their Bupa Boost Zone on the course.
  • According to JustGiving.com, runners from the North East have raised the most money for charity (£573,967) and runners from the South West have raised the least (£64,944).
  • Most GNR runners are aged 40 or under (69 per cent), however, a hardy two per cent of runners take on the GNR after the age of 76.
  • The finish line is in use for just over four hours on the day - the time it takes from the first to the last finisher to cross the line - but surprisingly it takes as long as two weeks to build and one week to break down.

Previous article
RW Race Report - Bupa Great North Run 2011
Next article
RW Race Report: The F1 Chicken Run 10K

Bupa Great North Run 2012

Discuss this article

I'm not the best runner but it would be nice to know how I did comparative to my fellow competitors.  I can see my result overall, by gender, and age, but I can't see total runners who completed in each of these headings.  Am I missing an essential tab?

Happy to know I am being daft, if it's there and someone can point me in the right direction. The more stats I have to hand the easier it is to improve on something....anything next time!

Posted: 20/09/2011 at 23:08

Hi, I don't think you're missing anything.....or if you are, I am too! I can't find any more info either
Posted: 21/09/2011 at 07:01

You can the number of overall finishers here. It looks like there were 37482 finishers, so at least you can get an idea of how you did overall!
Posted: 21/09/2011 at 10:54

Many thanks
Posted: 22/09/2011 at 21:51

We'd love you to add a comment! Please login or take half a minute to register as a free member

Smart Coach
Free, fully-personalized training plans, designed to suit your racing goals and your lifestyle.