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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.

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

Andrew and cerebral palsy sufferer Lynn Mearns who are running the Great North run for Scope and the British Heart Foundation

Brother and sister to prove disability is no barrier to Great North Run success

Lynn and Andrew Mearns will aim to complete the 13.1 mile course for Scope and the British Heart Foundation

David Greenwood and Deb Kelly, who are to run the Great North Run in aid of Diabetes UK

Friends take on Great North Run after collectively losing more than four stones in weight

Best friends Deb Kelly and Dave Greenwood are doing this year's Bupa Great North Run after losing a significant amount of weight

L-R Susan Johnson, Rachel Gibson, Lisa Stevenson, Samantha Hudson and Joanne Marshall

Mums tackle Great North Run to raise awareness of meningitis

Team of six will take on 13.1 mile challenge in effort to make people aware disease is more than just a rash

Oliver Roberts, 7, of Whickham, Gateshead with, from left Dylan, dad Mark, Dan, mum Karen and Oliver

Schoolchildren come together to run Junior Great North Run for poorly friend

Nine-year-old Oliver Roberts has a brain tumour and 135 of his friends are running Junior Great North Run in his honour

Milestone Great North Run to bring a boost to local economy

Great North Run celebrations enable inward investment opportunities in the North East

Great North Run organisers appoint new group chief executive

Trinity Mirror's chief operating officer is off to pastures new but said he's "leaving the business in good shape".

Tim Healy

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star Tim Healy to lead Great North Run party

Actor Tim Healy joins Jill Halfpenny in lending his voice to the cultural spectacular on September 4

Engineers add the Great North Run sign to the Tyne Bridge overnight

Stunning pictures of the Great North Run sign on the Tyne Bridge by night

After engineers toiled through the night to add the races' name to the Tyne Bridge, Tynesiders are being encouraged to take photos

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

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