Great North Run 2022 ballot details as South Shields return confirmed for next year

By Simon Duke

While the date of when it will happen has yet to be confirmed, there is already plenty of interest in the Great North Run 2022.

After a two year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world famous half marathon made a triumphant return on Sunday, with tens of thousands pounding the streets and millions of others watching the live action at home.

The men's race was won by North East runner Mark Scott, who followed in the footsteps of fellow Brit Mo Farah, who withdrew from this year's event due to illness.

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The most noticeable difference this year was the GNR route, with runners starting and finishing in Newcastle, rather than the race ending in South Shields as it always does.

Local lad Steve Cram was once again on Great North Run duty for the BBC, alongside Paula Radcliffe and Tanni Grey-Thompson and near the end of the channel's broadcast, he revealed that the race will definitely be back in South Shields next year.

When does the Great North Run ballot open?

While unlike in years gone by, the exact date of the GNR 2022 wasn't confirmed by the BBC, former Olympian Steve did reveal that the ballot for next year's race will open in January.

He said: "We will be back next year. Of course we will. And, as it's been mentioned on more than one occasion, we will be back in South Shields."

You can already register your interest in running next year on the Great Run website, where you can sign up for a reminder service for when the ballot opens.

In years gone by the GNR ballot has been open for around a month, with applicants informed whether they have a place or not around a week after the ballot has closed.

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