Garmin announced as the ‘Official Wearable Technology Partner’ of The Great Run Series

Global technology brand Garmin has officially partnered with the UK’s biggest mass participation running event series, Great Run.


The three-year partnership will cover all Great Run events across the country for both adults and children including the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run, Europe’s biggest 10K – the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run and the world’s biggest half marathon – the Simplyhealth Great North Run, with 57,000 participants.

The series has had more than four million people take part since it began in 1981, with events ranging from family activities to 5K, 10K, half marathons and marathons. The events offer competitors of all abilities the chance to take part and compete against the world’s best athletes – as well as raising millions of pounds for charity.

The partnership will commence with the Great Ireland Run on Sunday 9th April 2017, followed by events taking place in cities throughout the UK including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and London. The 2017 series will conclude with the Simplyhealth Great South Run on Sunday 22nd October in Portsmouth,

As part of the deal, Garmin will also become the Official Wearable Technology Partner of the Great Junior Run Series which will raise awareness of Garmin’s fitness technology suitable for children, enabling the next generation to set goals, track their progress and lead an active lifestyle.

Garmin has a rich heritage in running technology, with the first Garmin forerunner 101 launching in 2003. The brand has built strong relationships with the running community over the years and understands the technological needs of runners of all ability.

Garmin’s Head of Marketing Richard Daish said: “We are thrilled to be the official wearable technology partner of The Great Run Series. Both Garmin and Great Run are passionate about encouraging people of all backgrounds to get out and get active. The partnership will enable us to inspire even more people to want to improve their running, which fits with our brand campaign to challenge athletes to beat yesterday.”

Nicky Homes, commercial director of the Great Run Company said, “We’re delighted to welcome Garmin on board. Like us, Garmin believes in supporting everyone as they work towards achieving their own personal activity goals and we look forward to working with them across all of our events this year.”

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Notes to Editors:

About Garmin

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The Great Run Company

The Great Run Series is the world’s favourite run with over 230,000 participants a year taking part. The events programme stretches across the UK from Aberdeen to Portsmouth offering a full range of distances from 5k through to the half marathon. A full range of online training services are available from Great Run Training. Great Run Local is a series of weekly events staged in our key cities. All designed to provide the support and advice for participants of all abilities to achieve their personal goal.

To find out more about the events and services provided by Great Run and its partners visit

For further information, please contact the Garmin team at GUNG HO:

[email protected] +44(0)121 604 6366 

For more information, please contact Philippa Morrow:

[email protected] 07921 582 509