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.

Culture Awards Writer of the Year nominations

Culture Awards Writer of the Year finalists: Alison Carr, David Almond and Peter Mortimer

The writing talents of the finalists were on show respectively in The Soaking of Vera Shrimp, The GNR Million Opening Ceremony and Death at Dawn

Culture Awards Best Event Tyneside finalists: The Late Shows, GNR Million Opening Ceremony and Great North Passion

A world class celebration on the Quayside, a late night culture crawl and a wonderfully memorable Easter which put the North East on the map

Culture Awards 2014

Culture Awards 2014: The finalists for each category are announced

Nadine Shah, Great North Run Million, Hyde and Beast, Alison Carr, Steamsong, Joe Hillier and Beamish are among the nominees

Fit Factor 2015 with David Fairlamb

Fit Factor 2015: meet the final six finalists who will bid to transform their lives over 12 weeks

Introducing the six finalists set to embark on a 12 week fitness programme that will change their lives forever

Superyacht the Sovereign arrives at Newcastle Quayside

Review of the year: We look back at the biggest stories from July to September

July to September saw the North East lead the way in a 'three-parent babies' project to protect unborn infants from congenital genetic defects

Hannah Parker with mum Judy in The Journal.

Longbenton woman who doctors feared would not survive has celebrated her 21st birthday

Premature twin Hannah Parker from Longbenton celebrates 21st birthday for her and sister, Holly, who died at three weeks old

Oliver Perry and Hope Stebbing who have won a Great North Run Culture commission

Northumbria University graduates win Great North Run art commission

Two recent fine art graduates from Northumbria University are to create a £4,000 artwork for the 2014 Bupa Great North Run

Award winning Author David Almond at the Stadium of Light

Skellig author David Almond to write a football opera for Sunderland

The opera, which will premiere in November 2015, has been commissioned by Music in the Minster and will have Sunderland AFC at its heart

Brendan Foster

Strong year for Newcastle-based Nova Group after it expands portfolio

Nova boosts profits and turnover as it adds to its portfolio of mass participation events across the UK

Brendan Foster founded Nova

Brendan Foster welcomes scrapping of running as form of school punishment

Brendan Foster welcomed plans to scrap guidelines for pupils to be punished by making them run round school fields

The 2014 BUPA Great North Run

The Journal Opinion: The millionth finisher in the Great North Run

The Journal's opinion column for Monday, September 8, in which we celebrate a landmark for our amazing half-marathon

Mo Farah looking forward to Great North Run - and says he wants to add to his family

Champion athlete Mo Farah is hoping to go one better than last year's Great North Run and win the event

The Great North Run Opening Ceremony gave Tyneside an unforgettable experience

Curious Georgie: Attention national media! The GNR Million opener was brilliant, and you missed it

Thursday night's GNR hooplah had everything, except the attention it deserved. Did the nationals have a diary mix up or something?

Fire of the North event

Fire of the North blazes a link between the borders

Burning beacons add their own drama on a night dominated by Great North Run opening ceremony

Great North Run 2014: The great north runners of history

Looking back at some of the region's greatest runners in some of our greatest races over the years

In front of the restored shop are, left to right, Linda Green, Janice and Rabbi Hyman Shein

North East heritage projects boosted by £90m-worth of grants

Heritage Lottery Fund cash spent on regenerating historic shopping street, digitising archive collections and more

From left, Ivor Crowther, Sally Lockey and Beth Bate at the Great North Greats Exhibition in South Shields

Great North Run 2014: Great North Greats exhibition starts where run ends

A new exhibition celebrating the region's triumphs and achievements opens in South Shields before beginning a tour back to Newcastle

Norman Clarke taking part in the unique Cardi-Back programme

County Durham men embark on unique exercise programme with life-changing results

A new North East training programme is helping people with crippling back pain get back to a full, active life

RAF squadron leader Ruth Shackleton

RAF squadron leader Ruth Shackleton is a high-flyer in every way

Brought up in South Shields and Northumberland, Ruth Shackleton is now team manager of the Red Arrows

Tracy McKie, from Hexham, who is running the Great North Run for the Stroke Association

Hexham teacher tackles Great North Run to raise funds for stroke victims

Tracy McKie, from Hexham, is running the 13.1 mile race in aid of the Stroke Association


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