THE attempt by organisers to have as many countries in the world represented in the 2016 Great North Run half marathon as possible has passed the 90% mark – with less than a month to go until the event.
The latest country to be announced is Andorra, the 176th nation out of 193 UN Member States, following St Kitts and Nevis and San Marino who were unveiled earlier this week.
After becoming the first running event in the world to welcome a million runners over the finish line in its 35-year history, organisers the Great Run Company are keen to recruit as many of the world’s countries as possible at the half marathon between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in the North-East of England, which takes place on Sunday, September 11.
So far Uzbekistan, Suriname, Vanuatu and Myanmar are among the nations to have been recruited.
Organisers are on the lookout for any potential runners who were born in one of the 193 countries and have worked with businesses, embassies and consulates to recruit a runner to represent their country.
Great North Run communications director David Hart hopes that the ongoing Olympic Games could inspire a runner from St Vincent and the Grenadines to come forward.
“With the Olympic Games proving itself once more to be the greatest show on earth, we’re delighted with our progress made so far in recruiting runners from all over the world to take part in the Great North Run,” he said.
“This will give the whole weekend a truly global feel and I’m sure it will make it even more special.
“We’re confident that there will be a Saint Vincentian runner who can take part in this iconic event and fly the flag proudly for their country.”
More than 57,000 people are expected to compete in the Great North Run this year on Sunday September 11
The list of nations still to be found is available at greatrun.org/GNRWorldRun and a dedicated email address, firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up for further enquiries.