In what will undoubtedly result in a stampede of applications, organisers of the Great North Run have confirmed that the general entry ballot for the 2018 race, scheduled for Sunday 9 September, is now open.
The race, set to celebrate its 38th staging, stands as the world’s biggest half marathon and has seen more than one million people complete the 13.1 mile distance from Newcastle to South Shields since it was launched in 1981.
Last year saw the event record its highest number of finishers to date with 43,127 participants crossing the line on the South Shields coast, while Mo Farah became the first ever runner to win four consecutive Great North Run titles.
Looking ahead to 2018, the half marathon will be part of a weekend of sporting activities that includes the Great North CityGames, the Great North 5K plus the Junior and Mini Great North Runs. It will also be part of the finale of the Great Exhibition of the North, which will showcase the best of art, culture, design and innovation across the Northern Powerhouse.
Anyone looking to register for the ballot can do so here. Applications close at midday on Monday 5 February.