Runners from all corners of the region, across the UK and around the world today found out if they secured one of the 57,000 places available in the Simplyhealth Great North Run.
Record numbers applied to take part in the 38th staging of the iconic half marathon, which will be held on Sunday 9 September. The event, which is shown live on the BBC, starts in Newcastle city centre and finishes 13.1 miles later in South Shields.
Paul Foster, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company said, “We’re delighted at the response to this year’s event. After a record number of finishers last year, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of people who want take part in 2018.
“The event has always been a celebration of what makes the North East an incredible place to live, whether it’s the supporters on the streets shouting encouragement, the army of volunteers selflessly giving up their time, or most importantly, the tens of thousands of runners, local heroes who embody dedication and determination whatever their reason for taking part.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the start line in September.”
The Great North Run is the world’s biggest half marathon, last year’s event saw a record number of finishers, with 43,127 completing the challenge. The Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run held the day before sold out in record time, retaining its title as the UK’s largest kids’ running event with 6,500 taking part.
For those who didn’t get a place this year, there is still a chance to get to the start line, a limited number of entries will be available through charities.
For more information visit: www.greatrun.org/great-north-run/run-for-charity
The MRI Scanner Appeal is looking for runners to support their fundraising. Please contact Pat Chambers on 07770 455651.