The hugely popular Mini Great North Run has reached its capacity in record time this year. The event has reached its entry limit more than seven months before it is set to take place, and before the ballot for the adult event has even been drawn.
Along with the Junior Great North Run, 6,500 young runners will pound the pavements in the UK’s biggest children’s running event on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside on Saturday 10 September.
Budding athletes, school friends and families will run across the famous Great North CityGames track as part of their 1.5km course, for ages 3-8, the day before the Great North Run.
Entries are still open for the Junior Great North Run, which takes place on the same day over a 4km course for children aged 9-16 years.
Last year, the Mini Great North Run reached capacity by March, but the rise in popularity of the sport has ensured demand is even higher in 2016.
In 2014 Great Run increased the size of the Junior & Mini Great North Run by 500 places, due to the overwhelming demand from children all over the country who wanted to take part.
Great Run communications director David Hart said: “It’s fantastic news that the Mini Great North Run has once again reached capacity.
“These young runners are the stars of the future and I’m delighted that we will once again have 6,500 taking part in what is sure to be a weekend of world-class sport.”
Meanwhile, the general entry ballot for the Great North Run closes on February 8 at midday.
To enter the Great North Run or the Junior Great North Run, visit www.greatrun.org/north