Ballot opens for 2013 Great North Run

Competitors run over Tyne Bridge during the 2012 Great North Run in Newcastle.

The general entry ballot is now open for the 2013 Bupa Great North Run, which will take place on Sunday 15th September 2013.

The Great North Run attracted a record number of applications in 2012, with over 108,000 people applying to take part, from which 55,000 successful entrants were accepted.

Every post code region in the country was represented on the start line and an estimated £30 million was raised by runners for hundreds of charities.

The 2012 Bupa Great North Run was the first major mass participation event following the hugely successful London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Gold medallists Greg Rutherford, Mo Farah, Ellie Simmonds, Kat Copeland and Nicola Adams acted as honorary starters to set the runners on their half marathon journey as the Red Arrows display team flew overhead.

To register for the ballot prospective applicants should click here.

Organisers say the ballot will close at noon on the 4th February with all applicants being advised later that week.