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Great North Run

The Bupa Great North Run is a half marathon that takes place annually, every September between Newcastle and South Shields. It is the second largest half marathon in the world and was devised by former Olympian and BBC commentator Brendan Foster. It first took place in 1981, with 21,000 runners and the most recent race seen 54,000 people take part.

The Lords of Lightning, will perform at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony

Lords of Lightning announced as part of Great North Run celebrations

Event will celebrate millionth runner to finish the half marathon and more acts are being announced all the time

Danny Jarvis, from Newcastle, who will run the Great North Run - and back again! - for Round Table Childrens Wish.

Designer Danny will run the Great North Run - and back again

The 36-year-old, from Newcastle, will run a full 26.2 mile marathon on September 7, in aid of Round Table Children's Wish

Liam Barrett of Chester Le Street who is doing the GNR for charity Bliss. Pictured with Children Emily and Jack and wife Vicki

Dad loses 5st to raise money for baby charity Bliss

Liam Barrett, from Chester-le-Street has shed the pounds so he can raise cash for premature baby support group

Artist's impression of fireworks on the River Tyne as part of the Great North Run Millionth Opening Ceremony

Huge firework display announced for Great North Run celebrations

Event will celebrate the millionth runner to finish the Great North Run

World class acts booked for Great North Run's 'Party with a million invites'

There's just days left to claim your free ticket for the spectacular celebration on September 4 for the Great North Run weekend

Fit Factor team after completing the Bupa Great North 10k run. (L-R) Craig Barbour, Carl Martin, Kerry Robertson, Ashley Cuniff, Gemma Robson and Lisa Embleton

Fit Factor team complete this year's Bupa Great North 10k run

Our Fit Factor team showed there was no stopping them as they completed this year's Bupa Great North 10k run

Chase and Status pictured with MC Rage (centre)

Chase and Status and the Unthanks join Great North Run One Million Opening Ceremony line up

Dance music duo Chase and Status are set to close the show at the event to mark the Great North Run's millionth finisher this year

Win one of the 10,000 free tickets for the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony

The Journal is  giving away 10,000 tickets for the event which celebrates the millionth finisher of the Great North Run

Northumberlandia near Cramlington

All in a day's work? Why it takes much longer to take in 100 great reasons

Graeme Whitfield is never one to shirk a challenge. Here he tries to complete all 100 great reasons – in a day

Mark Knopfler who is perform at the Great North Run Million opening ceremony

Rock legend Mark Knopfler to honour millionth Great North Runner

Mark Knopfler is to perform at the Great North Run Million opening ceremony

The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel

Sarah Stewart: Why Newcastle needs all these new hotels

With 12 new hotels opening across Newcastle and Gateshead, demand for rooms is remaining strong

Mike McLeod also won the second Great North Run in 1982

First Great North Run winner tells of the moment he crossed the line in 1981

Mike McLeod, who won the first-ever Great North Run, said he had never experienced anything like that first race

Great North Million Opening ceremony press launch at Baltic Square, Mike McLeod, David Almond, Beth Bate, Bradley Hemmings and Brendan Foster

Great North Run will mark one millionth finisher with Olympic scale ceremony

An event, costing in excess of £1m, will celebrate the one millionth finish of the Great North Run in September


Thousands of runners fill the streets for Blaydon Race 2014

Another successful Blaydon Race 2014 sees runners taking on the traditional route through Newcastle and Gateshead streets

Vicky Ponton, from Gosforth, who was the 500,000 finisher of the Great North Run

Great North Run's 500,000th finisher reveals how landmark changed her life

Vicky Ponton strapped on her running shoes, pounded the pavements, and credits it with helping her meet the love of her life

Fit Factor finalist Ashley Cuniff

Fit Factor contestants nearing the finishing line of life-changing experience

Entrants in The Journal's Fit Factor challenge are preparing for life after the competition finishes

Kerry Robertson from Shiremoor, at David Fairlamb's gym in North Shields

Kerry Robertson: First steps to running lead to fantastic results

Kerry Robertson gives running tips following her life-changing experience of taking part in last year's Fit Factor

Great North Run: Last 100 chances to be one in a million

For the eighth year running The Journal is offering the final 100 places in the iconic Great North Run to our readers

The Journal Fit Factor contestants visit the RVI Bubble Unit, pictured with Gill Johnston Bubble Unit fundraiser

Fit Factor team pledge their support for Bubble Foundation

Our Fit Factor finalists will do the Bupa Great North Run to raise vital funds for the Bubble Foundation

Great North Run marking its millionth competitor

The ballot for this year’s Bupa Great North Run is now open. Reporter Katie Davies takes at look at how the region is preparing for the event


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