Great North Run 2016: Entries open for ballot

The Red Arrows are seen flying over the Tyne Bridge during the 2015 Morrisons Great North Run
The Red Arrows are seen flying over the Tyne Bridge during the 2015 Morrisons Great North Run

Keen runners can enter the world’s biggest half marathon from today as the general entry ballot opens.

The 2016 Great North Run entry ballot is now open to runners wanting to take part in the 36th staging of the race from Newcastle to South Shields on Sunday September 11.

Chris Blackabee during the Great North Run.

Chris Blackabee during the Great North Run.

The 13.1-mile course is lined with supporters all the way from the iconic Tyne Bridge, right out towards the coast in South Shields.

Since 1981, the world’s greatest half marathon has welcomed more than a million people across the finishing line on The Leas at South Shields. Runners can register for the ballot online before noon on Monday, February 8, with all applicants being notified by email on or before Thursday, February 11.

New figures show the Great North Run has a huge positive economic and social boost for the region.

A report from Bluegrass, a leading economic research company, conducted at the 2014 event, revealed that 
the race had a positive economic benefit of almost £24million for the region, excluding the additional benefits associated with TV coverage.

A spokesman for the run’s organisers Nova International, said: “The report also found that 52% of visitors attending the event left with a more positive view of the region than before they arrived.

“As well as that, 93% rated the area as a good or excellent place to visit.”

The 2016 event will be the highlight of a spectacular weekend in the region, which also features the Great North CityGames, the Great North 5k plus the Junior and Mini Great North Run

To register for the ballot, visit: www.greatrun.org