If you're disappointed you can't take part in the Great North Run this year due to the pandemic, worry not – a virtual running challenge is coming your way.

The Great North Run Solo has been set up by organisers in place of the popular half-marathon, in a bid to keep people moving and motivated.

To complete the challenge – and receive a special-edition medal – runners must complete at least 40 runs of any distance over 78 days – a run for each year of the Great North Run.

Starting on the hefty run's anniversary tomorrow (June 28), the challenge is open to all, with a junior challenge available to youngsters.

Runners have until September 13, the day the run was scheduled to take place, to complete the task.

To take part, a registration fee of £10 is needed, with all profits going to NHS Charities Together.

For more details, or to sign up to get your running shoes on, visit www.greatrun.org/virtual-running/great-north-run.