The AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run has officially closed today after reaching its entry limit. 10,000 children have signed up to be a part of the popular run, making the 2023 staging the biggest yet.
Set to take place on Saturday 9 September, the day before the AJ Bell Great North Run, this year’s AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run will be a day to remember for the children and families taking part.
Paul Foster, Chief Executive of The Great Run Company, said, “We’re delighted that so many young people are taking on the AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run this year.
“With a record 10,000 participants, the event represents a fantastic opportunity to embed a lifelong love of running and staying active across the North East.
“We’re looking forward to a fantastic weekend of sport in Newcastle which will open with the British Athletics 5k road race championships and the AJ Bell Great North 5K on Friday.
“With the record-breaking Junior and Mini on Saturday and the AJ Bell Great North Run on Sunday, we’re planning on delivering three days of unforgettable experiences for runners and the region.”
Sir Mo Farah, who will be running his last ever professional race at the AJ Bell Great North Run the next day, will be on hand to cheer on the stars of the future as he takes on the role of official starter for a number of races throughout the day.
In celebration of Sir Mo’s iconic Olympic moment at London 2012, this year’s AJ Bell Junior and Mini Great North Run is SUPER SATURDAY! Participants have been invited to dress in HERO fancy dress – picking their favourite SUPERhero, sports hero, or local hero to dress up as.
Mascot Tyney the Tortoise will also make a return appearance to cheer on the young athletes at the starting line and throughout the course.
The event village has food from local favourites including Meat:Stack, Fire & Dough, Acropolis and Street Coffee Co.
The dedicated ‘Come and Try it Zone’ will see a water play game from Aqua Pura as well as sessions led by Newcastle Falcons Rugby Foundation and Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation.
For more information about the event click here.