The Great North Run 2020 has experienced a record number of applications.
Organisers are officially increasing capacity to 60,000 following unprecedented demand for running places - with applications rushing in at a rate of knots ahead of the Sunday deadline.
Statistics show that specifically more Mancunians are running this year - with entries from residents up by a huge 30%.
Great North representatives are also encouraging Mancunians to “do the double” this time around - competing in the Great Manchester 10k run in May and then continue training for the marathon in September.
Paul Foster, Chief Executive of The Great Run Company said: “This is already the world’s biggest half marathon, but the demand we’ve seen this year has been amazing. We’re pleased that we’re able to accommodate a few more runners and take our entries to 60,000.
"It’s shaping up to be an exciting weekend, with new experiences and entertainment and with so many people entering the draw for places this year we want as many as possible from Greater Manchester to get in on the action.
“We’re grateful to all of our partners – the councils, police, NHS trusts / medical providers, fire brigade and Nexus – who have worked with us to ensure that we can accommodate more runners, while making sure they have a happy and safe experience.”
Screened live on BBC Two on 24 May, the run starts on Portland Street and takes participants on an entertainment-packed trip through the city, with hundreds gathering to help weary legs cross the finish line on Deansgate.
To get involved, visit greatrun.org/manchester ASAP. The deadline for entering is 9pm on Sunday 9 February.