The 36th staging of the world-famous half-marathon features runners from 178 different nations as part of the World’s Favourite Run campaign

Runners from an impressive 178 different nations are set to take part in Sunday’s Great North Run, as more countries than ever before are represented in a single running event.

Participants from countries such as Azerbaijan through to Zambia will be involved as part of the World’s Favourite Run campaign.

A massive 178 out of the 193 UN-recognised nations have runners entered, including every nation in Europe.

Those runners will be among the thousands taking on the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields. Guinness World Records have officially ratified the event as the world’s biggest half-marathon race, with 57,000 entrants annually.

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Mo Farah is among the elite athletes contesting this year’s half-marathon as he goes for a record third consecutive victory.

The four-time Olympic track gold medallist won’t be the only Farah on the start line, however, as his wife Tania is to take part in her first Great North Run. The British half-marathon record-holder has been helping Tania with her training ahead of her first organised running event.

The Great North Run will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday September 11 between 9.30am and 1.30pm, with a highlights show on BBC Two at 6pm.

» Check out the September 8 edition of AW magazine for Great North Run previews, as well as a look ahead to Saturday’s Great North CityGames action