Guatemala is the latest country that will be represented at September’s Great North Run, taking the total number of nations to 150. Launched earlier this year, organisers aiming to becoming the first ever race to have runners from all 193 United Nations.
In what will be its 35th year on Sunday 11 September, the Great North Run sees 57,000 enter the North East classic. Starting in Newcastle, the course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge, goes through Gateshead passing the famous international athletics stadium and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields.
After succeeding in becoming the first ever competitive race to record one million finishers two years ago, the Great North Run has set its sights on this ambitious new project. The recent addition of Guatemala means that the race has struck the 150 milestone yet is still 43 short of hitting its overall dictate.
Some well-known countries remain from this pool, with Iceland, Ivory Coast and Mozambique still to be represented. There are some more obscure nations – Kiribati, Comoros and Palau included – that means the search will likely carry on throughout the next few months.
If you know of any runners from the remaining countries, further information on how they can enter is available here.