The Great North Run’s pursuit of having each of the 193 UN member states represented at this year’s event is on track with just 27 countries remaining. In 2014, the race became the first ever to record its one millionth finisher, and organisers are hopeful of hitting this remarkable milestone on Sunday 11 September.
In what will be its 35th year, 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.
As it stands, runners from 166 countries will compete in September with Angola and Kiribati some of the latest countries to be added. Representatives are still needed from, among others, Andorra, Guinea, San Marino and Tonga.
Mark Hollinshead, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company, said: “It has been a fascinating journey to date and we are pleased to have made such progress, but there is plenty of work still to do. We will not be able to reach our target without the continued support of the public, so all help will be welcomed."
If you know any runners from any of the remaining countries get in touch here.