The Daily Mirror today offered 3,000 places in this year's BUPA Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon.
These places can prove very valuable to charities in terms of the sponsorship that runners can raise for them. This year's event is expected to generate £12 million for charities.
The 30th Bupa Great North Run will take place in Newcastle on Sunday 19 September 2010, where a field of 54,000 runners will take part.
The deadline for entries is midnight on 8 January 2010. Successful applicants will be required to pay the £44 entry fee (£70 for overseas entrants). Unsuccessful entrants will be entered into the general ballot.
Entrants must be 17 years or older.
Successful entrants will be notified on or before 15 January 2010.