Bupa Great North Run to celebrate over one million finishers in 2014

General entry ballot for half marathon opens, with one participant to become the millionth person in the event’s history to cross the finish

Farah, Bekele and Gebrselassie at 2013 Bupa Great North Run (Mark Shearman)

The Bupa Great North Run celebrates a landmark in 2014 as it will become the first mass participation running event to reach one million finishers.

With the general entry ballot now open for the half marathon event on September 7, plans are underway to mark the milestone figure.

Mike McLeod was the first ever Great North Run finisher back in 1981, the year before he claimed Olympic 10,000m silver in Los Angeles. In 2013 the event attracted a record number of entries with over 120,000 people applying to take part, from which 56,000 entrants were accepted.

Among those in action on the South Shields seafront last year were three of the all-time great long-distance runners – Mo Farah, Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie – in what AW‘s editor described at the time as “surely the greatest half-marathon in history”.

Bekele eventually won the clash of the titans from Farah, with Gebrselassie a gallant third.

To register for the 2014 ballot visit greatrun.org. The ballot will close at midday on February 5.

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