2016 Mini Great North Run sells out in record time

Runners cross Tyne Bridge during the 2015 Morrisons Great North Run, Newcastle. Credit: PA

The hugely popular Mini Great North Run has reached its capacity in record time this year.

The mini run 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.

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.

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.

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 Saturday 10 September.

In 2014 Great Run increased the size of the Junior & Mini Great North Run by 500 places, due to the demand from children all over the country who wanted to take part.

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.

“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.”

David Hart, Great Run communications director

The general entry ballot for the Great North Run closes on February 8 at midday.