The Great North Run’s pursuit of becoming the first race to have runners from all 193 United Nations is gathering pace with less than 48 countries remaining. Launched in February, the response to the initiative has been extremely positive and is the latest stage in the development of what is the world’s largest half marathon.
In what will be its 35th year on Sunday 11 September, the Great North Run sees 57,000 enter the north east classic. Starting in Newcastle, the course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge, goes through Gateshead passing the famous international athletics stadium and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields.
After succeeding in becoming the first ever competitive race to record one million finishers two years ago, the Great North Run has set its sights on this ambitious new project.
Great Run chief executive, Mark Hollinshead said: “Last year we had runners from every single postcode in the UK, which makes it Britain's biggest and favourite run. By inviting participants from every single country on the planet, it will reassert its credentials as the world's favourite run.
“We're inviting the people of the United Kingdom to help us find those runners which will make it a spectacular event. This year, we'll hopefully celebrate the fact that there's someone born in every country on the planet in one place, on one day, in the same event which will make it a world first.”
To find out more about the campaign, visit the event website here.