Runners from all corners of the world will find out today if they've secured one of 57,000 places for this year's Great North Run.
Record numbers applied to take part in the 38th staging of the iconic half marathon. The 13.1 mile run starts in Newcastle and finishes on the seafront in South Shields.
Paul Foster, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company said, “We’re delighted at the response to this year’s event. After a record number of finishers last year, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of people who want to take part in 2018:
The event has always been a celebration of what makes the North East an incredible place to live, whether it’s the supporters on the streets shouting encouragement, the army of volunteers selflessly giving up their time, or most importantly, the tens of thousands of runners, local heroes who embody dedication and determination whatever their reason for taking part.
completed the GNR in 2017
kids took part in the Mini and Junior GNR in 2017
The Simplyhealth Great North Run is the world’s biggest half marathon, last year’s event saw a record number of finishers, with 43,127 completing the challenge.
The Junior and Mini Great North Run held the day before sold out in record time, retaining its title as the UK's largest kids' running event with 6,500 taking part.
Those who applied for a place in this year’s event will receive an email letting them know if they’ve been successful by lunchtime today.
For those who didn’t get a place this year, there is still a chance to get to the start line, a limited number of entries will be available through charities.