Runners and cyclists are signing up for the revamped Morpeth to Newcastle race in their thousands.
Entries are flooding in for the ballot for next summer’s multi-discipline event.
Organisers have been inundated with more applications this week and remain convinced the Morpeth To Newcastle will make a significant impact on the north east next summer.
Hundreds of local road runners and cyclists have backed the showpiece event – entering the marathon, cycling marathon, fast half marathon and kids’ mile.
The public ballot will remain open until the end of the year with event organisers confirming entries in January.
Phil Gray, of Morpeth to Newcastle team TRi, said: “Even at this stage we’re extremely excited about what’s happening here.
“Of course we always hoped that people would respond positively to the new-look Morpeth to Newcastle, but to get 2,000 people entering the public ballot on the first day was beyond our wildest dreams.
“We want to be as inclusive as possible and appeal to families and groups as friends – as well as more experienced runners and cyclists – and I think that message is getting through.
“The race is all about celebrating the history of the north east as a sporting powerhouse and looking ahead to the future of both road racing and cycling in the region.”
High-profile supporters include five-times Morpeth to Newcastle winner Mike McLeod and Ashington cricket hero Steve Harmison.
To enter visit www.morpeth2newcastle.com