THE general entry ballot for the 2020 Great North Run is now open.

The annual event will add another milestone to its rich history when it is staged for the 40th time on Sunday, September 13, having been the first event of its kind to welcome home one million finishers back in 2014.

First staged in 1981 with an unprecedented 12,000 runners, the iconic half marathon has grown in stature to accept 57,000 entries.

The famous run, from the centre of Newcastle to the coast line of South Shields, has always been popular with runners from the Tyne Valley. 

Last year saw Sir Mo Farah continue his running streak with an impressive sixth win in a row, while Brigid Kosgei became the fastest female over the half marathon distance of all-time, followed across the finish line by runners of all abilities conquering their own personal challenges, with many helping to raise millions of pounds for good causes.

To register for the Great North Run ballot visit The ballot will close at 9pm on Sunday, February 9, with all applicants being notified by email no later than Friday, February 14.