The hugely popular Mini Great North Run has reached its entry limit in record time for 2017, less than two weeks after this year's event.
After unprecedented demand, the event has reached its capacity of 3,500 just 12 days after it opened on the day of Great North Run and before the ballot date for the adult event has even been announced.
This year's Mini Great North Run reached capacity by February, but the rise in popularity of the sport has ensured demand is even higher in 2017, with 351 days to go!
Along with the Junior Great North Run, 6,500 young runners of all abilities will pound the pavements in the UK's biggest children's running event on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside on Saturday 9 September 2017.
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.
David Hart, communications director at the Great Run Company, said: “It's incredible news that the Mini Great North Run has once again reached capacity in record timing.
“These young runners are the stars of the future and it's amazing to see so many children from all over the country that are interested in leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
“The demand for entries has been overwhelming, with next year's event being full less than two weeks after entries opened for 2017.
“We are currently looking into ways that the Mini Great North Run or its related events can be developed so that more children can enjoy this fantastic occasion.”
To enter the Junior Great North Run, visit Greatrun.org/North
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The 2017 Great North Run will take place on Sunday 10 September. The reminder service is now open at Greatrun.org/North