And now their efforts could be the key to Journal readers starring in the region’s cultural event of the year.
The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, coordinated by some of the talent behind the spectacular start to the London 2012 Olympics, will see entertainment and fireworks light up the river on September 4.
And as part of the event, there are plans to project images and video onto the side of The Sage Gateshead - including, it has now been revealed, photos submitted by members of the public.
“We’d love to see as many Tyne Bridge selfies from people around the region as possible, as well as any images that represent runners experiences of the race from throughout its 33-year history,” a spokesman for Great North Run organisers Nova International said.
“People should submit them via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #GNRMillion hashtag.
“And all of the pictures collected will be included in a specially commissioned film, which will be projected onto the Sage Gateshead as part of the spectacular opening ceremony on the evening of Thursday 4th of September.”
Commissioned by run organisers Nova, the Bupa Great North Run sign – which was built by Team Valley-based Astley and first put up last August – has this year seen the word Million added, to mark the North East run becoming the first mass participation run to reach 1m finishers.
The bridge will undoubtedly play its part in the opening ceremony on September 4, which will see performances from “Local Hero” Mark Knopfler, electricity wizards The Lords of Lightining and culminate with a massive fireworks display.
As an added bonus for submitting photos and playing your part, Nova are offering a prize each week to help runners on to Great North Run glory.
“As an added incentive, the best Tyne Bridge selfie each week will win a brand new pair of Puma Faas trainers to give them the edge for this year, or maybe start them on the journey to their first Great North Run in 2015,” the spokesman said.
To buy tickets - priced at £12 for adults and £7 for children - for the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony visit the event’s website, www.gnrmillion.org .