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2023 marks 40 years of Greggs’ support for our Children’s Cancer Run, which has grown to become the UK’s biggest single charity fun run, attracting more than 10,000 runners and spectators. The 40th annual Children’s Cancer Run takes place on Sunday 14 May 2023 at Newcastle Racecourse.

Greggs has supported the run from the very first event in the early 1980s right through to the present day, helping to raise £8m to fund revolutionary research, provide support for children and families affected by childhood cancer, and raise awareness of disease, which is the number one cause of non-accidental death in young children in the UK.

Chris Peacock, Chair of Children’s Cancer North, said:


“Greggs’ 40 year support for the Children’s Cancer Run is one of the reasons the event has become one of the most iconic and established in the region.

“People that ran as children are now running with their own families, and Greggs has been part of that journey from the very beginning.

“As a national brand with a proud North East heritage, Greggs invests in the community and shares our commitment to make life better for children with cancer.

“As well as helping to fund the delivery of the Children’s Cancer Run each year through a generous donation, Greggs’ wider support really adds to people’s experience on the day, making the Children’s Cancer Run a truly unique and special event.”

Every year, Greggs provides free snack packs for up to 10,000 runners. The company also provides a hospitality area for the 300-plus volunteers. In the weeks leading up to the Children’s Cancer Run, Greggs raises money for Children’s Cancer North through its stores in the North East and Cumbria, and encourages customers to take part.

On Sunday 14th May, Greggs Chief Executive, Roisin Currie, plans to participate in the run with 40 colleagues to commemorate the special 40th anniversary.

Roisin Currie, Greggs Chief Executive, said:


“Since Greggs was founded, we have been committed to helping people in our local communities and we have always believed in sharing our success with others.

“In 2021 we launched our sustainability report, The Greggs Pledge, and further embedded our commitment to building stronger, healthier communities. Our proud 40 year partnership with Children’s Cancer North shows how this is a core part of our Greggs DNA.

“As a fantastic North-East based charity, whose positive impact can be seen far and wide, we are delighted once again to fund the delivery of the Children’s Cancer Run, as well as providing Greggs favourites to all the runners and volunteers.

“We are very excited for this year’s 40th anniversary event and I will be running the route myself, with a passionate team of 40 of our Greggs colleagues.

“Customers can do their bit too, by looking out for charity donation buckets in our North-East and Cumbria shops during May, and by also signing-up for the run, which is on Sunday 14th May.”

How your money makes life better for children with cancer


All sponsorship money raised from the event goes into funding revolutionary research at Newcastle University, providing support for children and their families on the children’s cancer wards at the Great North Children’s Hospital, and raising awareness of childhood cancer throughout the North East and Cumbria. Over the course of its 39-year history, the Children’s Cancer Run has raised £8m.

Entry for the 40th Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse on Sunday 14th May is open now. Early bird entry, which closes this Friday (31 March), costs £7 per child and £14 per adult, with special family rates enabling a 3rd child to go free.

If you’re turning 40 in 2023, why not come and celebrate with us! It’s going to be the biggest 40th birthday party in town.

To help mark our special birthday, we’d love to hear your memories of the Children’s Cancer Run. If you’d like to share any stories, memories, pictures or footage with us, you can email us via

We hope you can join us on Sunday 14 May at Newcastle Racecourse to celebrate the 40th Children’s Cancer Run. See you then!

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