Great North Run Athletics

Great North Run

Sue Barker presents live coverage of the 31st Bupa Great North Run, the most famous half-marathon in the world. With Jonathan Edwards, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Phil Jones.

Similar Content

Browse content similar to Great North Run. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!



The Great North Run is really special, the amount of people


taking part and running for charities and loved ones. It is


special to us because it helps us to remember our friend. It is so


special for me because it inspired me to run 3,000 miles across the


United States. It is a great atmosphere and gives you the chance


to run around Newcastle with 54,000 runners. But Great North Run is


special for the crowd. The Great North Run is special because you


get to run over the fabulous Tyne Bridge. That Great North Run is a


special event because it is a historic and absolutely beautiful


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


Good morning and welcome to the 31st Great North Run. As you have


heard from some of those who have taken part, this is a wonderful mix,


as a sporting event and incredibly emotional journey together, and


whether at the front or the back, the Bupa Great North Run provides


an immense personal challenge, which you can share with 54,000


other runners. It is the world's largest half-marathon and always


delivers competitive racing and compelling stories. We begin our


four hours of coverage with a look at who might finished first. The


field includes world class athletes. And under one hour time is


definitely on the cards today with the London Marathon winner,


Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya, heading the men's race. There is a home


nation hope in the women's race. Jo Pavey returns from injury,


determined to improve on her impressive debut here three years


ago. MORI Yamaichi is also back. She is looking to post a fast time


and a message today -- Mara. And Helen Clitheroe completes a strong


trio of Brits, all looking to impress with 2012 just around the


corner off. But today is as much about the masses who make this


event so special. We will be with them all away on their 13.1 mile


journey from Newcastle to South Last year's wheelchair winner,


Shelly Woods, will be hoping to retain her title. The elite women


go at 10:15am, including behind the Andy Reid, the champion, and


Jessica Augusto, a previous winner. -- behind the Adair Reef. Also look


out for Joauad Gharib. A lot to look forward to it and at the start,


so much has changed over the years because in 1981, there were 12,500


people who are applied and over 10,000 people completed the race


but now it is so popular, 54,000 Will they finish? Will they enjoy


it? Why are they were running? We will find that in the next few


hours as our reporters are around the course, ready to bring you


stories of courage and commitment. And with me is Olympic champion,


world record holder and local lad, Jonathan Edwards. An amazing


atmosphere down at the start of the Great North Run. Tens of thousands


of people stretched behind me in a sea of humanity come up with an air


of anticipation, excitement and fear. I will be speaking to a few


of them to give you an idea of why they are running from Newcastle to


South Shields. More from Jonathan later. The race starts here and the


runners will head towards the city centre and over the famous Tyne


Bridge. That is downhill. But after that, they start to climb and climb


and waiting for them further down the field, Olympic champion at


Denise Lewis. I am at one of the most crucial points of the race,


At this point, their legs will start to feel heavy but they will


take a lot of comfort from reaching this point. The conditions are


great so join me later when I will be finding out some of the heart-


warming stories that make this day so special. Thanks, Denise. They


will be cheered every inch of the way as the locals come out to lend


their support, handing out sweets and drinks, and there will be


plenty of music, with many local bands playing. But the most welcome


side will be busy at South Shields, because that signals that the


finish line he is not far away but there is along, long promenade to


accomplished before that. First of all, our chief athletics reporter,


Phil Jones. They are not necessarily big names and


celebrities but everyone is a winner when they crossed the


winners line at South Shields. When they filter to the finish, where I


am standing, they will be hit with a mixture of euphoria, relief and


exhaustion but third set in the distance, they will be met by


friends and family -- but further down in the distance. I am at the


charity village, where they are just preparing for the arrival of


the masses. This is where friends and families finally catch up with


the runners who have got so much money for their chosen charities. I


will be hearing some of their stories later, while they are


getting their post-race pampering. I bet they are looking forward to


that pampering as well because there is a long way to go. If you


know someone who is running at want to send them a message, why not


send us a text. We will be running some of those on our screened later


in the programme. Remember, there is no text speaks. You can also get


us on Twitter. Will be reading out some tweetss later. So get in touch.


The wait goes on for all of the runners taking part. Many have run


before and know what lies ahead but for others, this is a new


experience. The serious runners will be after a fast time but there


are those who would just be thankful to get to the finish line


but that is over 30 miles away. The roads are closed and the course is


ready, the Tyne Bridge is quiet but that is all about to change as this


much-loved sporting event gets under way.


Over the years, the race has provided many iconic images,


including the Red Arrows traditional fly-past over this


famous landmark, to salute the thousands of runners and send them


on their way. It is an inspirational start to their


journey. The Red Arrows return later to perform one of their


stamina displays over South Shields. It provides a lasting memory for


all of those taking part. The Red Arrows have become synonymous with


the event but Bessie, the display team's show was thrown into doubt


after the tragic death of Jon Egging, killed in Bournemouth last


month, the first fatal accidents since 1978. There had been tributes


for his bravery as he is seemingly steered his plane away from


residential areas. The team have chosen to take to the skies again


in memory of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging. And his wife will be


running in his memory. I know you have set up a trust. He was really


passionate about using his skills as part of the Red Arrows but also


as a qualified flying instructor to inspire a young people to be the


best they can be and develop them natural talent so I will be taking


that forward in his name and developing key initiatives to work


with people to get them to reach their potential. Tell us about John.


He was so proud to be a member of the Red Arrows. John was an amazing


person. He loved his job and he loved flying. He loved being there


for everyone. While today is really difficult, I am honoured to be at


the Great North Run in his memory. I know you have had tremendous


support from the Red Arrows but also from the public as well, and


the books of condolences. I have been astounded by the support. It


has carried me through the last few weeks. The team, the military and


the public have been brilliant. have you kept going? We were big


runners. We love running. It is really hard to do this without him


but running will get me through and the atmosphere today is fantastic


and it is great to be here. You say you are really looking forward to


seeing the Red Arrows. I know that they fly at the Great North Run


every year but I have never seen it. Today will be emotional but it will


be fantastic. Are you looking for a good time? I don't know about that!


I haven't done a half marathon for a little while but I am up for a


challenge. I am with friends, we are 18. The ground commander.


are a team. You knew him so well. Yes. We were a very close-knit team.


It was clear he was given to be a great pilot. When he finally


reached the Red Arrows, he was a perfect ambassador for the Royal


Air Force and for Great Britain as well. They are doing the air shows


today and also the fly past but a special send-off as well at the


start. Tell us about the formation. At the start of the race, you will


see a standard Red Arrows formation, with red white and blue to signify


what a great British tradition Mrs, and then we will see a missing man


formation, one of flying in his old position, and then you will see


smoke and that is our tribute to him where we will honour him.


you will be starting the race. What an opportunity. But it is


going to be very emotional because of the fly past. Yes. I am so


looking forward to seeing their team up in the sky. It is going to


be good. We wish you the best of luck today. I look forward to


seeing you at the end. And you have the number four in honour of John.


Yes. I can't believe I am wearing red four. It is brilliant to be


running with his number on. Let's just hope I get round. I am sure he


would be very proud of you. Thank I will get cultural now because


alongside me is the official permit for the Great North Run. Did


Brendan asked you himself was mad maybe but he does not like the way


people take the mickey out of him for the way he says the word "poem".


What is your official duty? write a poem during the run and


have it finished by the end to go over the highlights show. I take it


you have never done anything like this before. No. It is either one


or the other, not both at the same time. Mostly, sitting. How is it


going? I have a possible couple of first clients based on things I


have observed already. I think you could have the responsibility of


choosing the first line. Quickly. man carrying a Brit humpback like


the Tyne Bridge. Or, men in speedos, we against the trees. You are


looking repulsed. I am not too sure about that. We will go with bridge


and fridge. The only thing I am worried about come up when you


start running, it will take away from your creative juices. I think


it might be the most mad poet I have ever done. After the blood


sugar, who knows what could happen. We are waiting with bated breath to


see what you come up with but all the very best of luck. I will need


it Jonathan, thank you. certainly look forward to that.


Running the half-marathon is tough enough but she will be writing a


poem as well. So everyone streaming down to the start. 54,000 people


making their way here. The Ray Stubbs in just under an hour's time.


-- the race will start. I am joined by model and TV personality, Calum


Best. You are a serious runner. Come on! I play a bit of football


but I signed up for the London Marathon this year and we did that


and I did it for the Children's Trust but a friend of mine, Sophie,


got in touch with me, former Miss Great Britain, she said she was and


running it this year -- and she said she was running it this year


for a smaller charities. So where is she? She is not here! You fell


for it? Everybody is here for a different charity! Sarah's Hope


Foundation is an opportunity for children with cancer to go on


holiday so hopefully I can make it past the finish line. Tell us about


the foundation. Sending children with cancer to Crete. Holiday and


treatment. Yes, it is known in the world as being one of the


healthiest environments, sunshine, organic foods. There is an English


contingent that live there as well so any families that go there can


help their kids to have cancer grow up in a healthy environment and


give them a break from living with a horrible affliction. So the


hasn't turned up but also the current Miss Newcastle, isn't she a


run-in with you? Miss Great Britain, Ms Newcastle, I don't know how I


was coaxed into this! I love the people from Newcastle but I have


been stitched up with this Jersey! I don't know what the hell is going


on but it is all good. I am here for these guys. Brendan Foster is


the chairman of the race organisers. He probably sorted it. I will get


booed by the Sunderland fans! luck. Thank you for having me.


Last year, corporal Andrew Goss quite lost his left arm in a


grenade attack. He became the first British soldier to be fitted with a


bionic arm, and earlier this year, he proposed a to his girlfriend. He


is taking part today. Joe Redman was diagnosed with an extremely


rare blood disorder. He has had more than 20 blood transfusions,


but hopes to be cured when his big sister Holly donate bone marrow


next year. His dad Peter is running to raise money for his fund today.


It took the tinier just two years to lose 9.5 stone. She is now


continuing her new-found passion of The cultural theme continues here.


We have a Turner Prize winner here. Your art involved with a great


North cultural project. We are doing a point-of-view shot, of the


entire course. All coverage of athletics events, the BBC did it


superbly, but it is a cinematic language, I thought it would be


interesting to see the entire course from the viewpoint of the


winner, in the winning time. So we are sitting off three minutes


before the men's elite, with a pick-up truck, and a camera on a


gyroscopic system, which will give a smooth with a run of the entire


thing in an hour. That will both document the event, and it will be


shown on a huge screen next year. Thinking of putting it out to


gymnasiums. So you can do the run on the treadmill rather than watch


daytime TV. You are not running this year, but maybe next year?


Well, there is some implicit pressure, I feel! I feel I have to


shape up to be part of this next year, it is an unbelievable event.


I have been here a couple of times before, it is great. We look


Well, there is always next year! Here are the scenes at the start,


all of these people ready to cheer on their friends and family, we are


taking part. Still some latecomers are making their way. 50 minutes


before the main race gets under way. There he is, the French master. As


if it is not tough enough! IM with someone who ran it last year, Joe


McElderry. Would you like to run with a fridge and your back? That


must be really hard. You could keep some drinks cabinet, though!


ran last year, you enjoyed it so much that you are back again. A I


did, it is such a fantastic atmosphere. I am raising money for


the teenage Cancer Trust, I just love it here, it is great fun.


last night, you were meeting some of the families. Yes, it was a


pastor party for the Cancer Trust, I went down to give a pep talk. But


it is nerve-racking, you don't know what to expect until you start


running. It is quite scary. have been busy, I know, promoting a


new album. Because you are an opera singer now? Yes, the new album has


pop ballads and opera on it. It is hard flicking between the two. It


is doing well, it has been out for three weeks. Last week he told us


your aunt was one of the volunteers. Is all the family out today?


they are all waiting for us at the finish line, with towels, drinks,


we are going to have a barbecue after. It is going to be nice. I


can't wait to get to the end! time did you do last year? A one


hour 39, so I'm going to try and do better it a bit. It is not raining


like last year. Up it wasn't nice last year, it might be a bit easier.


It really is an amazing race, in the 31 years it has been going,


still they are pouring down to the start. But these two are here


bright and early. Sophie Raworth and Helen Skelton. Sophie, we have


to talk about the London Marathon, tell us what happened. I didn't get


to see you at the end was the main thing! I was pushing it a bit too


hard, I tried to do it in less than four hours, which was a bit silly,


it was a bit hot. I blacked out, I have no memory whatsoever. I had


two-and-a-half hours with the ambulance, then got up and finished,


because they gave me lots of tea with sugar! It wasn't made it


packed up and left, the camera left! I had this obsession. When


you train for months, I had this obsession with getting to the


finish line, and you were going to be there. I got there, and my


husband and kids and mum and dad were there, thankfully. I promise I


will wait this time! You were blacked out for about 20 minutes.


saw my medical records, I was out for about 20 minutes, I had a


temperature of 106 and. I had no idea where I was. I know you wanted


to beat your husband's time, are you having a race against him?


can be neatly tells me he pulled a muscle playing squash. --


conveniently tells me it. He has got the excuses in early! Helen,


you had a fabulous time last year. You were singing and chatting away,


you pushed a lovely lady round in a wheelchair. I ran alongside her,


some friends I enlisted pushed it! This is a really good atmosphere,


we are doing it again, the same team, we cannot find Liam at the


minute, though! This is an excuse to talk all the way round. She says


you're a great singer. She's probably the only person! There was


a bit of dancing, not as quickly as he would have liked, but with a


smile on our faces. You love a challenge, don't you, it is not one


thing to run it, you want to do something different? For me, when


you find your limit, and you do an event like this, it becomes


addictive. Even though you had a horrible time in the marathon, I


bet you are going to do it next year! My mother doesn't want me to!


I might. When you cross the finish line, you think, next year I'm


going to train harder, do it again. You sign up, forget about it, and


before you know it, the event is here. You know how special it is


and what a great atmosphere. It is brilliant, the crowds are


incredible, it is a nice enough distance, you still know what


you're doing at the end, just about! I have a car to take me to


the finish, and a promise I will I have been joined by the creator


of CBBC's Horrible Histories. For you, it is the finish. I never


thought I would be so glad to see Newcastle, because I'm from


Sunderland, but I started off at six days ago, the far side of


Hadrian's Wall, about 15 miles a day. Beautiful countryside, but


tough terrain? Tough terrain in the middle, we had a hurricane for the


first two days, then it was downhill, and it is nice to be here


today. Tell us why you are doing it? I'm doing it for a charity


called Integrating Children. have done this 15 times before. A


slight change of scenery from Hadrian's Wall? A bit of a change


of scenery, but so many people. I love humanity. Great achievement,


16 years ago, Michelle Thompson lost a teenage sister to cancer.


Since then, she has overcome her own accounts of battles, and


tackled adventures from Peru de Kilimanjaro, raising �80,000 for


the Macmillan Cancer Trust. She had to achieve a target of �100,000


today. RAF squadron decided to stage their own and North Run in


Kandahar after witnessing the life- changing injury to and hardships of


falling ground forces in Afghanistan. They are raising funds


for hope for heroes. Katie was four when she was told


that she had cancer. She has enjoyed meeting celebrity cancer


survivors. Now aged 11, she has been clear for over five years. Her


family have raised over �70,000, and Katie, her mum and her brother


have been training again for this So many heartbreaking stories, and


they have been the inspiration for so many people who or running here


today. This is the scene at the start. You can see more and more


people getting down to the start, ready for the 31st running of this


BUPA Great North Run. Just four months ago, Emma Newton was


tragically killed when a tree fell on her car in high winds. Her


family immediately set up a fund and a member to help those with a


passion for the Performing Arts, a subject dear to end a's heart. --


She just had this smile on every photograph. She was there, straight


in front of you. She was very positive, she loved her life.


she died, it was a huge shock, and straight away, I thought to set up


a fund in her name, to give grants to young children in the performing


She used to love drama, and danced. She was good at it, you know. To me


cos she was a born performer. didn't think she was anything


special. She wasn't a show-off. She just did it, it came naturally to


her. She had Poland. -- talent. feel she was going to go places. If


there is anybody out there... We struggled at the start to get


things for her, costumes, tickets to classes. If this money can help


anybody in any way, it is going to be well worth it. What he went


through in the early days, -- what we went through, thinking that we


can still give people grants, to give people something that will


inspire them, to give them a good start in anything, you know...


would like that. The fund initially was to raise �25,000. We did that


within two months, we had money left at the doorstep, people have


been so generous. People we don't even know. They have been touched


by what has happened. We just want to continue it. We have got a lot


of support out there. It is business through dance. It is a


Brazilian star, I think. -- style. It was a lot of fun. It raised


about �10,000 on the day. From the dancing of last Sunday to


Emma was really well known for her red lipstick and geeky glasses and


she was a dancer, so that you tos, one such is up and one is down, we


are trying to bring a part of her into the way we are dressing for


the cause. We have been overwhelmed by the gamut of people who have


sponsored us. Team Emma is about keeping her name alive, how much


happiness she brought to us. They have trained very hard. I think


they are looking forward to doing it for Emma. When they finish, it


is going to be quite emotional I think. She would be just laughing,


she wouldn't believe it I think. That people had done so much. It is


funny, she would want to go home and tell everyone. She has got on


with life. She would want us to enjoy life. She had fun. Yeah.


would have been laughing now. would be glad with the front and we


have set up. She would be proud I I always like a young lady in a


ballet costume! Simon, you look fantastic. A serious reason you are


dressed like this. We are running for my niece, Emma, who was killed


in a tragic accident. We are dressed like this because she was a


fantastic dancer. The glasses are because it is what you wore all of


the time, she had big glasses, and the red lipstick, which I haven't


got on yet, it used to brighten her face up and make her look so


beautiful. That is why we are dressed like this. You are her


cousin. What is the fund you have set up for? It is basically for


young adults to fund them with performing arts, to help them with


the performing arts. And you are looking forward to it but it is


bittersweet. Yeah. It is a bit scary but we are really looking


forward to it. A good luck. I hope it goes well.


Good luck to them all. I hope they raise lots and lots of money today.


The start is looming ever closer. There is a lot of nervous people at


the start line, including these two. The format this Great Britain and


miss Newcastle, -- the format this of Great Britain and the current


Miss Newcastle. Calum Best thought you were not going to turn up.


is every dramatic. -- he is so dramatic. We got messed up with


trying to find the bus but we got it all OK now. Are you serious


runners? I read you were looking for running socks just before the


race. No, I do go running quite often. I am not an elite or


anything but I do try my hardest. Today is just about getting round


and everyone's spirits are also lifted. And the atmosphere and the


camaraderie. Calum Best was talking about the foundation you are


running for cover for helping children. Tell us more about that.


Sarah's Hope. It provides a villa in Cyprus, somewhere where families


who have children suffering from cancer can go and have respite with


the care that they meet in the vicinity. So they can go on holiday


without the stresses and strains, and relax and do normal family


activities. I wish you the best of luck. What time are you hoping for?


At hour! I don't have a time. I am hoping to just get around. Good


luck, everyone! Yes! I will see you at the finish. Good luck. Over the


years we have seen so many famous faces who have started this race


and busy, the honour goes to Mo Farah, who has been making athletic


headlines in recent weeks. He became the first British man to win


a world championship title over 5,000 metres. He would be starting


the race but we -- before we speak to the man, let's look back at his


year. He may have been Britain's hot property at the championships,


but it was a frosty start back in January. Mo Farah begins 2011 in


Mo Farah find something extra! A Mo Farah, defending his title, it


is going to be gold for Great Britain! Mo Pharrell Williams it! -


Mo Farah, tiring in the closing stages. Mo Farah is denied the


medal that he so dearly cherished. In towards the home straight, he


relinquished the lead in the 10,000 metres, he is he going to do It


again? He starts to drop away! It was only silver in at 10,000 metres


but it is gold this time! This time he got it right. This time you


found the strength to hold on. What Truly has been at the rise and rise


of Mo Farah this year and looking at those scenes, what a year.


has been amazing for me. I am really happy how it went. I am over


the moon. Take us back to Daegu. I know you were feeling lots of


pressure. People wondering if you could win gold in 10,000 metres and


it was so tight on the final stretch far stop it was close.


ran a decent time. I was capable of winning it. I did not have a clue


about the winner. Nobody did. We did not expect that. No. My tactic


was to go for 500 metres, and then keep going, and I was thinking


about the rest of the guys, but that was his day and the better man


one on the days. Those last 200 metres must have been devastating


for. I was hurting! 150 metres to go and I saw him come past on my


shoulder and in the last 50 metres, I saw him come past me and I had


nothing left! You said after the race, I want to do the 5,000. Did


you know you had enough in you? was so disappointed with the 10


kilometres -- the 10,000 metres, and I knew I would come back. It


was a matter of talking to my coach, taking care of my blisters. What a


sensational victory. It was a difficult race tactically. Yeah. I


had to be patient and I had to wait and wait. I knew what it would take


to win the race. I knew about everybody else. Bernard Lagat has


run 3.26. You are not running today, you are the official starter, but


you are heading back to Somalia to see your mum. Will you take a tape


of your victory? I have asked the BBC to get me a tape! I am looking


forward to it. I am relaxing on my break and I am enjoying time


offered my family and I am looking forward to seeing her, I haven't


seen her for a little while. I will talk to you later on. Now we are


ready for the first of the races. Paul Dickenson.


Thank you very much indeed. Wonderful conditions on Tyneside.


20 athletes altogether for the Great North Run wheelchair race, a


British record told us got world champions, Paralympic champions,


including some defending champions as well. Josh Cassidy, the Canadian,


twice the Renault of the Great North Run -- twice the winner.


Richard Coleman of Australia is an absolutely super competitive.


Shelly Woods in the green of Great Britain. Some other British


athletes to look out for, Mickey Bushell, former Paralympic silver


medallist. The course record. The men's race, David Weir, 41.34, and


the United States woman, Amanda, who won it in 2009, and Shelly


Woods of course won it last year. All of the main aims are there. All


the big names are there. Only one a mythic, David Weir. He has elected


not to come this year and to continue his preparations for the


Paralympic Games -- only one name Dry conditions, not very much wind


about. This first mile and a half down towards the Tyne Bridge is


very, very kind to them. The gentle slope takes them all the way down


and then the real hard work starts as they cross the Tyne Bridge. Go


up the hill, a big left 10, down towards the Gateshead Stadium. -- a


left turn. This first race is now The athletes are on their way and


in a few minutes, the women's elite race will start and it is a race


that sees the return of two British athletes coming back from injury,


Jo Pavey and Mara Yamauchi. Mara Yamauchi has a long distance CV of


distinction, excelling at the London Marathon and Beijing Olympic


marathon. Jo Pavey came close to Great North Run glory in 2008,


finishing third, two seconds from victory. Both hit the road today


after injury, are to the destination: London pointed wealth.


I am glad to be back out there. ultimate destination: London 2012.


My hope is to be selected for the Olympics next year because the


qualifying time does not guarantee selection. I just want to enjoy the


race, feel-good, finished in one piece, get a reasonable time. The


time I run will give me any publication of where I am with my


training and then I can adjusted accordingly. Paula Radcliffe and a


new ceiling are among the others in the contention. -- and Liz Yelling.


You cannot presume you will be selected just because you have the


time but it will keep us on our toes. For a competing athlete to


have the Olympics in your home country is such an opportunity that


is so rare so of course I want to be there and improve on my place in


Beijing. I wish we could all go! But obviously there is only three


places. Because I have had so many injuries, the thought of not making


the team does go through my mind so I am going to give it 110% to stay


injury-free and hopefully, run well in August of dog Britain's third


entrance of note is Helen Clitheroe, making her half-marathon debut


after winning in Manchester in May. The women's field it is further


illuminated by the inclusion of defending champion, Berhane Adere


of Ethiopia, and the athlete she succeeded as champion, Jessica


Augusto from Portugal. We are now ready to introduce the


main contenders on the start-line for the women's elite race. Back to


the commentator box with Brendan Foster and Steve Cram. Thank you.


Good morning. And good luck to everybody down there. Obviously


they can't hear me. Looking forward to welcoming everybody, not only


elite athletes but the tens of thousands of others. The elite


women get the honour of setting us under way. They have about 25


minutes head start on the main race. We have just seen some other main


contenders been named. It is quite an important date for the likes of


Barry Yamauchi and Jo Pavey. -- Mara Yamauchi. This is the


defending champion, she has won it two times, Berhane Adere, former


world champion. Jo Pavey, one of Britain's best. Looking for a


confidence boost as she begins her marathon campaign for London and


the Olympic Games. Mara Yamauchi has been troubled with injury for


the last 12 months and a good performance will set her up nicely


for an autumn marathon, which you really needs. Jo has at least


already qualified for 2012. Helen Clitheroe, she rang yesterday at


the Great City Games. -- she ran yesterday. She won the European


indoor 3,000 metres title at the beginning of the year. And it was


back in October that Irene Jerotich excelled in her best race ever,


where she became the Commonwealth champion over the marathon distance.


And the winner two years ago, Jessica Augusto, fresh from the


10,000 metres in the world championships, and she could be the


Conditions, almost ideal, the distance running. It is quite cool,


around 13 degrees at the start, hardly a breeze to speak of. And


that is the familiar figure of Alan Bell with the starter's pistol. The


elite women will start on the set off, to kick-off the famous


half-marathon distance on perhaps the most famous half-marathon


course, the BUPA Great North Run. Brendan, we are always looking


forward to the masses, but I was saying how important this race is


for the likes of Mara Yamauchi and Jo Pavey, and other international


athletes, they all have half an eye on 2012. It pretty much begins here.


I think that is right. Pretty 12, the London Olympic Games, Jo Pavey


explained earlier, we have some very good marathon runners in the


women's section, led by Paula Radcliffe, who we will see next


week running in Berlin, but also Liz Yelling, Jo Pavey, Mara


Yamauchi. Three of those four will be detained for 2012. -- will be


the team. Mara Yamauchi has to get a qualifying time in Yokohama.


Paula will be trying next week to get a qualifying time. So the


London Olympics starts to hang over these athletes, they are all


thinking about it, as they should be. Great to see Jo Pavey back in


action. She was selected for the World Championships in Daegu, but


unfortunately had to pull out. She now feels as though she is ready.


Barrios next to her, the former champion. And there, the previous


champion, Jessica Augusto, and Berhane Adere, Reading next to her.


-- running. In the green vest, an interesting local athlete, Freya


Murray, who is back from injury. Helen Clitheroe, we saw her run the


great Manchester run, I wonder how she will take this half marathon.


They are just getting ready, unwinding, just finding out their


position. On the inside, there is a Mara Yamauchi. I was trying to work


out the colours, but it is a sort of red and off Orange, it can there


be such a thing as that? Early stages. I was looking at the


athlete who were lining up this year, and insisting that Jo Pavey


is looking keen to move these things along. You don't want to


waste the opportunity piloting three or four miles slip by, going


to slow, but there is nobody... Jo Pavey looks keen to go hard early


on. You are right, you don't want to get ready, come here fit and


able to run well, and not run both a good positional, tactical race,


but also run a decent time. So Jo Pavey, just encouraging these


while longer to wait. So they get a chance for a last-minute -- to the


toilet. Claremont Road, down the left, and thousands trying to get a


vantage-point of what is always an inspiring and spectacular sight.


The warm-up, well underway, clothes being discarded. And the operation,


to get this start area fit for purpose began at 8pm last night.


Any revellers returning home had to find an alternative route. The


central motorway, as you can see, it is a massive operation to get it


ready for one of the world's biggest events. Looks like Nell


McAndrew, joining in the warm-up. Anyone who watches this event


regularly will know what a good athlete she is. As I said,


conditions pretty much ideal today. Keep yourself a nice and warm at


the start. We saw one or two going down very early this morning, at


about 7am, well wrapped up, but the sun has warned everybody up quite


nicely. The prospect of a few showers later on, but that might be


when they need them, as they are approaching South Shields in a


Yesterday the quayside was the scene of a very popular City Games,


Mo Farah was in more familiar attire, performing very well,


wouldn't be two miles. So many people delighted to see him on


Tyneside this weekend. A little bit easier for him today. You can see


them going through the underpass on the central motorway there. And the


streets of Newcastle, pretty much clear, as they have to be, of


course. As it tends to be with the women's elite race, the spectators


want to come out and watch a big masses, sewer the Tyne Bridge will


fill -- it so the Tyne Bridge will fail. They are used to somebody


going quickly through the first miles, but a bit more circumspect


now. They have got a surprise pacemaker with Jo Pavey. She knows


what kind of pace she is running, they trained with watches on, so


they know what kind of pace they are ready. Barrios next over, she


finished 9th in the world championships. She was the first


European, so she is obviously a class athlete. One mile behind them,


just over 12 miles to go, and a big group in the women's race. Some of


Britain's best athletes are among them. The landscape of Newcastle


hasn't changed too much in awe of the years that the Great North Run


has been morning. -- in all of the years. Take this opportunity to


coast down the central route. It is one of the reasons why so many


people are in the north-east want to come and run the event, it is


the only time the Tyne Bridge is very experienced athletes. An awful


lot of experience in this pack. Just all encouraging each other


through these first couple of miles, just keeping the place going. It is


quick enough, it is not silly quick, but quite enough. The crowds are


out now on the Tyne Bridge. The crowds are filling up down here at


South Shields, where we are based. Jo Pavey will be getting good


support, Helen Clitheroe is a very popular athlete, she won the Europa


Cup here, many years ago. That was 1500 metres. She is a very popular


athlete, she has served Great Britain well, and thinking about


the marathon, today for Helen Clitheroe, on the outside there,


she is about four. Today is the time when she makes the decision to


stop if she enjoys the half marathon, she will have a go at the


marathon. Jo Pavey started as a 1500 metres runner, and Helen as


well, a lot more of the women seem to move through. It happens much


less in the men's events. That is a very good point. You are right.


These athletes are quality athletes, Jo Pavey was world class at 5000


metres, didn't quite enjoyed a 10,000, even though she ran well at


the World Championships. Then the a loo of the Olympic marathon, the


London Marathon, her debut in the Great North Run, she was only two


seconds away from victory when she ran that race, I'm sure she had a


good experience, hopefully she can translate that. You can see she


wants to get on with the race, she is not bothered too much about who


is around her, who is positioning herself, this is a big leading


group. Being stretched now by Jessica Augusto and Barrios of


Portugal. There is Helen Clitheroe on the near side, the dangerous


figure of Berhane Adere. She may win the race, but also, she is one


of these athletes that is not comfortable to run around, she gets


was then! They have a long way to go. A lot of exuberance at the


start, but great scenes, 10 or 15 minutes or so from the start. They


will all be on their way. Some 10 to be a bit cheeky and tend to go a


bit further up from where they are supposed to. They will be on their


way shortly, I think Jonathan has one of those who should be looking


forward to another great rowing For this man, a lap of honour.


is right, I have been granted the lap of honour, it is a great honour


to be taking part. Tell us about this he did go to a 3100. I ran


3100 miles from California to New York. Are raised to money for St


Benedict's Hospice and the Children's Foundation. It is the


number of miles I ran across America. Enjoyed a day, and make


Five years ago, Rachel was diagnosed with motor neurone


disease. She changed her perspective and now counts herself


fortunate to be alive, surrounded by loving friends and family. The


Motor neurone disease Foundation provided invaluable support, and


she is raising funds today, pushed around by her friend John Dickinson.


Nine year-old Dylan's this wish is to swim with dolphins. The charity


is Starlight. Gillian Ferguson lost her entire


memory come with no recollection of family and friends. In five years,


she has overcome huge obstacles, relearning how to talk and walk.


Today is the biggest demonstration minutes. This is a massive, massive


operation, both at the start and at the finish. We are sitting down at


South Shields, and there are massive crowds gathering already.


The some of them, may be about three hours before they cross the


finish line. For many, it will be around an hour and a half, to about


Let's have a look at some of the preparation which goes into this


produce more than 5,000 balloons for the Great North Run. We have


been doing it for about 14-15 years. The balloons will be going down to


South Shields, and put into the charity village. Also, up at the


finishing line. We started inflating this morning, and I think


we will still be inflating by 5 o'clock tomorrow night. Hopefully


have got the best team in the world. My girls will go, not the extra


mile, they will go the extra 100 miles for us. It is hard to get


that commitment from people. We are blessed with our staff. We are a


piece of the Great North Run. Whereas nervous as anybody else.


What other contingency plans? Have we ordered enough gas? Do we have


enough balloons? All of these things, one of the time they're


swirling around your head. It is nice to be part of something that


is in the north-east, it's huge, and we're part of it. And we love


day out without a few balloons, and there's an awful lot of them out on


the course today. There has been a bit of a break-up while we were


watching that. This is the lead group. You can see Helen Clitheroe


just on the back of that group. Jo Pavey still looking OK. A little


further back is Mara Yamauchi. BRENDAN FOSTER: Yes, we were hoping


Mara Yamauchi would be running well, but she is obviously under pressure


already. There's Helen Clitheroe. She knows this is longer and


further than she has gone before, competitively. She has got some


world-class athletes around her. It is very, very early in the race,


but already, things are happening. Mara Yamauchi will be disappointed


she has not been able to go with it. There was a little bit of a surge.


The pace had been reasonably swift through two miles. We will look at


the Three Mile split in a moment. The pace is inside 67 pace, pretty


swift Railey, considering that many of these women have not been close


to that in recent times. So yes, that third mile, 5.05, that is why


it has broken up. Yes, that is a bit quick. Maybe that's why Mara


Yamauchi has gone off the back. There she is. Looking comfortable


and controlled, but clearly, with that increase in pace, I think she


will know that she's probably not capable of running 67 minutes. So,


she's running quite wisely, really. Ahead of her she has got Freya


Murray, who can be a bit of an aggressive athlete, on her day. You


can see the gap, which has opened behind the lead group. That group


really has been shaken up. So, a good, quick early pace, these


athletes setting out with real pace. Very happy with this early pace,


Berhane Adere. Just coming up to the next section, we will see


whether the pace carries on at the same rate. If it does, this group


will break up very, very quickly indeed, and we may be left with


just two or three after halfway or so. They're well on their way. Back


in Newcastle, tens of thousands are lined up, ready to go in a few


minutes' time. Earlier on, we were saying that it is a very special


year, after the tragic accident which happened with the Red Arrows


earlier on this year, it is a very poignant day for them. Normally we


would see the Red Arrows fly-past over the Tyne Bridge, and then they


welcome everybody at the finish line. But they're going to make a


special fly-past before the main race starts, which is very shortly


indeed. I'm sure they will get a rapturous reception down there on


the central motorway. That little uphill section, as I thought might


happen, if you keep the pace on up hill, this is what happens. She has


broken that group up completely. She's trying to push on. In third


place there, Jessica Augusto. This is a big pace at this stage. Is


this a bit too quick, too early? Well, she is the Commonwealth


champion, but it is decision time. Do you assume that they will not be


able to keep going this quickly? The two of these are pulling away


from the rest. Jo Pavey working hard in fifth place at the moment.


Four miles completed, it is a significant lead at this early


stage, but an awful lot can happen yet. I was talking about the Red


Arrows, and of course, we spoke to the widow of Flight Lieutenant Jon


Egging. This is a special moment as for the instructions of the elite


men on the start line. This is the man who one the London Marathon


this year, the favourite for this year's race, one of the quickest in


the world over the marathon distance, Emmanuel Mutai. The


course record of 59 minutes, 5 seconds could be under threat today.


It is almost a minute quicker than his personal best, but conditions


are good today. The man who won the World Championship marathon in 2003


and 2005, Joauad Gharib. Another man who's well known to those who


watch the London Marathon regularly. Still one of the world's best. And


what about this man? John Kelai, he won the Commonwealth marathon in


Delhi. That personal best of his you would imagine is one which he


is capable of beating. One or two others to watch out for. We will


pick them out once they're under way. So, Mo Farah, our new world


champion, gets it started. Along with Emma Eggin. The miles of


training, the dreams and aspirations, and so many personal


stories, wrapped up in a sporting spectacle that is enjoyed not only


here on Tyneside, but throughout the country and throughout the


world. It all began back in 1981, 30 years ago, and who could have


imagined what it would grow to become? I'm sure we will see Mo


Farah One Day coming here to compete, rather than standing there,


and he will probably find it a lot easier than what will be happening


to him over the next half-an-hour! But they will be delighted that


he's here to join in the fun. That is one of the special things about


events like this, the world's best at the front lining up at the same


time as everybody else. It doesn't matter how good you are, house low


you are, you're all taking part in the same event. -- how slow you are.


BRENDAN FOSTER: He has entered into the spirit of it. He is quick-


witted, he will be giving as good as he gets, regarding the banter.


He has a good attitude. Great, great athlete and a good ambassador


for the sport. He likes this area as well. He said he went out for a


pint last night with one of his friends from the Sunderland


Carriers. He said to me yesterday, he used to come up secretly, but I


don't think that is going to happen any more for Mo Farah, not in this


moment. Let's hope that they're still in a happy mood when they


reach South Shields. It will be hard work for many. Some will have


turned up with not quite the right amount of preparation, but they


will get there in the end. Millions of pounds are being raised for


charity. Some of those charities are small and local, others


national and indeed international. PAUL DICKENSON: This really is a


remarkable scene, and these scenes will continue for some time yet.


Congratulations once again to the start line team, they have been


there all night building the start area. It will be some time before


their work is complete. These are the elite men at the front. Back


with the women, Kabou has really taken it to the field. If she manes


this pace, but it is a big if. She has just thrown in another five-


minute 7 Mile, a fairly quick section. At the moment, she's


heading for something well under 67 minutes, which I would suggest


would be very, very fast for her. She's a good athlete, but it seems


a bit quick for me at this stage. think I would be a bit surprised


too is she kept going right that. And now, Helen Kluge Row, who


always looks more relaxed to me on the roads... -- Helen Clitheroe.


Alongside Jo Pavey there. It is not too late for an athlete like Helen


Clitheroe to embark on a marathon career. Looking comfortable there,


Jessica Augusto. But this race is a the left here. There has been a lot


of roadworks, people have been avoiding this roundabout, but that


work is not far from being finished, I am told. That is of no interest


to our athletes today. This is the first time they start really


heading towards South Shields. That is a big, big lead at this point.


It is the sort of pace that has taken us all by surprise. She is


resitting her stall out here in these early miles. -- really


setting her stall out. Always a lot of support here. This is where


Denise Lewis will be catching up with many of the slower runners


sedate start. 4.32 through their first mile. Heading over the Tyne


Bridge, just seeing a few spots of rain on the camera there. Those


showers, writing about an hour earlier than they were forecast. --


arriving. Looking down on the date had side of the quayside, the


Millennium Bridge in the distance there. A wonderful backdrop. I


think it was that picture in the early days which sealed an early


reputation for this event, this road, completely failed, taken from


the Gateshead side, looking back over the Tyne Bridge. It is not


full yet, but it will not be long before you will not be able to see


the week, some of the ban has got blown off the bridge. Fortunately


today, a little bit better than that. Threatening showers, but that


is not a bad thing for the runners. A little bit of an inconvenience


for the spectators, the crowds are gathering now on the Tyne Bridge.


Here come the leading athletes, the settling down. Emmanuel Mutai, the


London Marathon champion, looking relaxed there. The Kenya and


present is significant, and the Kenyan talent just keeps increasing


and increasing. This one is a man many are talking about being one of


the favourites for the Olympic Games in London next year. They are


moving along at a pretty good pace already, seems as if they have


settled in. Meanwhile, Mo Farah is, I am sure, thoroughly enjoying his


role here this morning. He is going to be making his weight to the


after his stint at the start. He was thinking about running this


event, he said he would have loved to have won this, he says he can


see his way to a half marathon and eventually to a marathon distance.


I'm sure we will see him run the London Marathon one day. We haven't


had a British winner since 1986 when Steve Kenyon won that race. If


Mo Farah was running vest today, I think he might find it a bit tough


after his exertions. But he is doing the hard job of shaking


54,000 hands as they go down the start. And it is a good thing, we


are talking about the logistics of getting everybody across the start


line, everybody having a bit of a walk at the start. Everyone has a


chip which is only activated when they crossed the start line, so


they get an accurate time of what they cover the distance in. A lot


of these watches these days have G Ps systems. On my watch, it was


13.22 miles. The course wasn't a measured properly! Somebody told


the man that the course wasn't measure properly, I wouldn't like


incredibly composed earlier. She is remembering her husband, Jon Egging.


Let's hope she has a great experience down there, running the


event. They were both keen runners, and I'm sure, she will be thinking


of him all the way down to South start, but in the women's race, the


fireworks are really going off. They have set off at a pretty good


pace, and then this athlete has been forcing on. If it is accurate,


after accept that it is, the 6th mile was of 4.49. Have you ever


seen that at the Great North Run at this stage? It is amazing, but look


at the split times. This is amazing running. We have got little


evidence that she has run much further than 10 kilometres in any


significant time, she is the Commonwealth 10,000 metres champion,


and she was comfortable in doing that. She has trained in Japan, and


Japanese marathon coaches know about marathon running. She has run


with the leading group, she has settled down, got in amongst them,


and suddenly, she has decided... And that there are world-class


minute mile. That is why their gap is there. The question has to be,


how on earth is she going to keep this going? Because if she does,


she is going to run one of the quickest half marathons we have


seen for quite a while. Her personal best goes back to 2004,


when she ran just inside 70 minutes, and at the moment, she is running


three or four minutes quicker than the very first finisher in this


year's Great North Run. We think it is Josh Cassidy, the Canadian. He


has made it a double here this weekend, he won the Tyne Tunnel


race, and as he was going through the Tyne Tunnel on the downhill


section, he was clocked at over 50 mph, which was a phenomenal


achievement. He won two years ago, he won the London Marathon last


year. Certainly establishing himself as one of the premiere


wheelchair races in the world, no matter what distance he goes at.


That is just a phenomenal time. Certainly well inside of David


Weir's course record. We wish David well, he has a niggling injury, he


has let us know. We wish his young boy A Mason well as well for the


second -- we wish him well. Coleman there or thereabouts, a former


winner of the Great North Run 10 years ago. But certainly the winner,


Josh Cassidy, well ahead at any body. -- ahead of anybody. Perfect


longer this day goes on, do more packed the finish becomes. It has


just been getting further and further sense around 8am this


he has done it again. He certainly is the best racer in the world at


fill my sleeve. -- nicely. Still very early stages. These will be


finishing in the first 3000, 4000. That is no mean feat in a race with


so many people taking part. Meanwhile, at the front, no real


surprises. They have moved away, this group of five. Jonathan Maiyo,


on the inside, he is one that some people have suggested could have a


and it is that transition, from the track onto the road that you were


looking for. Emmanuel Mutai, without a great track pedigree, has


done that really well. Kenya have such an embarrassment of riches, it


is hard to choose. Do you go for the 10,000 on the track, do you go


for the half marathon, would you go, there is a blockage of talent.


you look at Emmanuel Mutai, fantastic performance in the London


Marathon, silver medal in the world championships, at the end of the


day, he is not sure whether he is going to be able to make the Kenyan


team! Then you're looking at a bit of a gap to the marathon runner,


and there is nothing to see. She is so far ahead, she has just run


another five minutes a mile. -- a five minute mile. She has had just


over a year out, she gave birth to a baby daughter, she has been back


in Kenya, trading hard with some of their top athletes, and that has


obviously been paying off. She might not have put in too many


performances, this is only her second run since getting back to


full fitness, but so far, this is the sort of run we haven't seen


from her for an awful long time. Just wondering, as she turned into


the John Reid Road, if you have tired legs,... She has been running


some very fast miles, and that that sort of pace, even for the world's


best to maintain, would be something special. Let's keep an


arms. She knows what pace she is going out, she would have monitored


her fitness. She is obviously a really can she interest trainer,


she was living in Japan, she was disappointed over the last year. --


really conscientious drainer. But look at the gap ahead of her. What


we cannot understand still is how quickly the leader is running. We


cannot understand how she is so far ahead. There is Freya Murray. She


has been out through injury, she is coming back, and has put herself in


a good place. Disappointing position so far for Mara Yamauchi.


As a look down the road, Helen Clitheroe and Jo Pavey, the two


comfortably now. As we look ahead, that the Hungarian coming into shot.


A renowned international athlete. And we can see last year's champion,


Berhane Adere, struggling a bit now. We're hoping to see Jo Pavey and


Helen Clitheroe running together, and running strongly, and working


their way through the field. Helen will be very happy to have the


company of Jo Pavey. They have been good friends on the British team


for many years. This is a stared into the unknown for Helen


Clitheroe. Winning the wheelchair race once again, defending her


title, Shelley once. The time will be very, very close to the course


Bridge. That's the picture I was talking about earlier on, the


picture that have now almost took people's breath away when they saw


it that very first year. There were only 12,000 then as well, but it


was still an impressive sight. It made an awful lot of people think,


yes, I want to be part of that. I'm not sure everybody always realises


how much training you have got to do. Perhaps these days they may be


do little bit less than they used to, and take a bit longer to get


round. A half Marion -- a half marathon, 13.1 miles, is an awful


long way. To me, these days, it seems like it is getting longer. We


have still got the breakaway leader in the women's race, and we have


got three Kenyans leading in the men's race. Here they are. These


three have pushed on a little. Still early stages. I'm surprised,


it is not that fast, just looking at the splits. Nothing special has


happened. I'm really surprised that at this early stage, Emmanuel Mutai


is struggling to keep up. But these three look comfortable, you would


have expected Emmanuel Mutai to be with them. You would not give


athletes like these so much of a lead if you were in control of


things. Because these are good with the Great North Run, but the


appearance of the Red Arrows cost an equally special to the event.


And of course this year there was added significance. Flight


Lieutenant Jon Egging was sadly killed, and this fly-past in


particular will be of particular significance, as one of them will


peel off, to indicate the missing peel off, to indicate the missing


The fly past, in memory of Red 4. We wish his widow, who's here today,


all the best. The Red Arrows have added so much to this event over


the years. I'm sure their presence here is greatly appreciated at the


most difficult of times for them. They will be performing their full


display down at South Shields for all of these athletes later on.


Let's hope conditions stay fair for that. So, our first big break in


the men's race. There had been suggestions that this guy could go


well today, and indeed, Jonathan Maiyo is putting in a bit of a


Maiyo was going to go well today, but I don't think anybody expected


him to try to run away from such a Jonathan Maiyo has never been in a


position like this before. On their way to their halfway point, and we


have got a race on in the men's race now. Commonwealth champion


John Kelai here. You say, world champion, and you would assume that


is an indicator of how good you are. But the conditions in Delhi were so


tough that it is a certain type of runner which tends to win in such


conditions. It does not necessarily translate into quick times in races


like this. But nonetheless, he's a very good athlete. It was a


remarkable performance in Delhi, and you're absolutely right,


different at leads for different courses and different climates.


That day in Delhi, he would have taken some beating by anyone. It


was a real test of endurance. Just which has seen so many great


African runners come on to the world circuit, including Haile


Gebrselassie. You can see Gebrselassie, as well as Paula


Radcliffe, on the BBC, in the Birmingham marathon. Still early


stages, there has been a bit of a surge, but Martin Mathathi is not


letting him get to far away. Keeping him within his sights,


trying to make sure the gap does not get too big. If he starts to


falter later on, he will be close enough to religion. It is not a


particularly significant lead just Micah Kogo. And in the green,


road which I know pretty well. Not too far away from the Robin Hood


pub. I know over the years that has welcomed one or two Great North Run


as! I reckon you could name them! It is always nice to have somewhere


to stop off you're in need of some sustenance. But not needing any


sustenance at the minute, Lucy Kabuu is still going really well.


She's heading for a time of well under 67 minutes. It just depends


how well she finishes. It is quite a tough finish for the elite


athletes, with a bit of an increase over the next mile or so, before


they drop down to the seafront, and then there is another rise before


we really have the last three- quarters of a mile down to the


finish line. But she's still running strong, she has got a big


lead of a minute and a half. Jo Pavey and Helen Clitheroe


contesting fourth at the moment, one over two minutes behind our


leader here. But even that would bring them under 70 minutes, which


I'm sure they would be happy with. But what about Kabuu here, Brandon?


So far, it is indicating a really good time. She still looks


comfortable and strong. We have heard that she has spent time


training with Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot. You cannot get a better


training group than that. They probably knew something that we


didn't know, that this was a pretty outstanding athlete. We knew she


was pretty good, we did not realise she was this good. She has taken


the field by storm. She's now in the area and as she has got to try


to hang on to this. She has got 55 minutes of running behind her.


Approx 10-12 minutes of running left. When you have trained as much


as she has, and been competitive as much as she has over the shorter


distance, once she gets on to the seafront, then I think there will


be a real competition. But here, Helen Clitheroe going really well,


Jo Pavey hanging on to Helen Clitheroe. Going past Berhane Adere.


They have got some company. Jo Pavey just starting to push on. Jo


and Helen are still heading for something possibly under 70 minutes.


I'm pretty sure if they were to maintain this sort of pace, they


would be reasonably happy. Particularly Helen. Jo might want


to go a bit quicker, but it depends how she finishes this off. She's


heading the Skrtel group, which means she's in fourth place.


They're well over two minutes gather. This is the third place


runner. She looks as though she's nice and relaxed. She's probably


about 80 metres ahead of fourth run from Jessica Augusto. It has


been a difficult year for her. Her father died in May. She has got his


name tattooed on the inside of her arm, and she will be thinking about


him. It was a bit of a shock to the whole family. But Jessica Augusto


has had a pretty good summer, despite that. I thought she had a


pretty good chance today, but that was without reckoning for this


young lady here, Lucy Kabuu. She has just done a 5.15. And that is a


difficult part of the course as well. So she's still maintaining


good pace. BRENDAN FOSTER: The only athlete we


have seen go anywhere near as quick as this on this course was Paula


Radcliffe, when she did the fastest time, 65 minutes. And at the moment,


Lucy Kabuu is going just one minute slower than that pace. So, we have


another Kenyan athlete thrust of so far by Jessica Augusto. Helen


Clitheroe is running really well. Lucy Kabuu, just having a look


around, nothing really to see. She has a big lead over Jessica Augusto.


Even if she is feeling tired, she should be able to maintain this


tour the finish. -- until the finish. Her coach will be delighted


with the way she is going. He has been part of the team around Mo


Farah. Just looking a little bit tired, it is a kind of undulating


section this. When you are tired, they are not be killed, but enough


just to test you. -- they're not big hills. Maybe just feeling that


a little bit. I mentioned Mo Farah, he is still there, shaking hands at


the start. He has been shaking hands for 36 minutes! He doesn't


run that much! Look at that, he is still getting... He has still got a


great attitude, still smiling and cheering. They know what he went


through to win those medals, because they have gone through


similar training and preparation for a big event. He came out with a


gold medal, which was wonderful to see, and a silver medal to beat. A


very modest young man. And there, another athlete on her way to an


outstanding performance. Lucy Kabuu, she will see the sea ahead of her,


hitting the Twelve Mile Point. The crowd will be so enthusiastic. She


will really appreciate that. She comes around the corner. This, they


tell you, is the longest mile in distance running. It is actually


just over a mile! You can see the big screen, you can see the crowds,


as you work along the seafront. But it never get closer, it is the long


one, the tough one, you have to keep working at it. Lucy Kabuu of


Kenya, the Commonwealth 10,000 metres champion, is now within


sight of the finish. Well, if she can just maintain some sort of form


over this last mile or so, she is certainly going to put us off in


the top 10 ever half marathon runners in the world. -- put


herself. She is heading for a time that is certainly going to be very,


very impressive indeed. She has just run a 5.17 Mile, the slowest


mile she has run since the 4th mile. So she is getting tired, but if she


can just raised her game, she still could run under 67 minutes, and


that would be very impressive indeed. So Lucy Kabuu, with the


road all to herself, nobody else in sight. Into the last three-quarters


of a mile. From where she is, she cannot see the finish, because


there is a bit over rise and she has to come over, then she will see


the long, long finishing straight, where the crowds are gathered,


waiting to welcome her. Another look behind. She must be tired.


Nothing would have changed since the last time she looked! Certainly,


the victory is hers, it is a question of how fast she can run


in the 10,000 metres, she has had time out since the 2006, to start a


family, not everybody manages to come back to that sort of level. So


this is a very impressive run. impressive. We know that Paula


Radcliffe run fast around this course, 65 minutes, this could be


the second fastest time ever run on this course. If there is only Paula


Radcliffe at her very best running faster than that, then it is very


impressive. Jessica Augusto, who won its two years ago, in second


place, running a strong race. Running fast enough to have won


this race on many occasions. But here, Lucy Kabuu of Kenya, within


the last kilometre now, she has the long finishing straight ahead. She


has to keep to her task, working hard at it. She will enjoy their


victory. She is certainly going to turning on to the seafront, it has


been a good run, she is not far behind Jo Pavey. The gap is only


about four or five seconds. Jo Pavey has pushed on, and if nothing


else, she will be the first Brit to cross the line here. Having to work


hard, she knows this stretch of course well. She ran yesterday, as


well, so a good performance from her. The Times have been slipping a


little bit. Our Leader is going to be close to the 66 minutes mark. It


would be a solid run from Jo Pavey, and a pretty impressive one from


Helen Clitheroe, were they to maintain this through to the finish,


which they should do. Helen now, competing longer than she ever has


before. She has Jo Pavey, the first Briton, in her side, I just wonder


if she can edge ahead of Jo Pavey. And here comes the long-time leader,


in many ways, the surprise leader, but the biggest surprise is the


margin of her victory. She is less than 400 metres away. Lucy Kabuu of


Kenya. Her best performance to date was to win the 10,000 metres


Commonwealth Games in 2006. Today is certainly her best performance


since then. When you look at the time that the Attlee to behind her,


just over 66 minutes, she is approaching the end, this is a


really good performance from her, a big surprise to us all. A bigger


surprise that she has won it in such style. She is mustering a


little bit extra at the end, which might bring her closer to that 67


minutes. Only nine women have ever run under that time for the half


marathon. The former Commonwealth champion from Kenya, who has moved


back home in recent times, and that has certainly paid off. This has


been a stellar performance. Nobody inside, nobody anywhere near her,


she threw in some really quick miles in the middle of the race, a


very impressive run. Just watch the clock. Just over 67, but none the


less, a superb win for Lucy Kabuu of Kenya. One of the best half


marathons we have seen, not only here on Tyneside, in the Great


North Run, but ever, in the world. And she looks back, to see a clear


road behind her. It is a long time before we will see Jessica Augusto,


who was hanging on to second place. Just let it slip away, the last


mile and a half in terms of running under 67 minutes. We will get the


official time soon. A solid run again from Jessica Augusto. Could


do anything about the winner, Lucy Kabuu. -- couldn't do anything.


went to the world championships, ran well in the 10,000 metres, has


run exceptionally well again today. But she found an athlete, and I bet


she is as surprised as we are by the margin of victory, and the way


the victory was achieved. But this is a good performance by Jessica


Augusto, always runs well when she front of her home crowd in 2010, in


Portugal. And accepting the congratulations of the big crowd


gathered here in South Shields, she is enjoying this at finishing


straight, almost as if she had won it. I think she will be pretty


pleased with his performance. -- this performance. This, another


good performance on the roads from her. It is going to be outside 69


minutes. Not too far off her personal best. The way she is


running, she looks so relaxed, and enjoying this, I'm sure it in a


race where she really prepares for it, without having a major track


championships for -- beforehand, while to offer her congratulations.


And that can a testimony to how well she ran. We are watching the


clock ticking away, it is going to go beyond a 70 minutes before we


see Jo Pavey. There she is. I think I can see barriers ahead of her, in


third place. Helen Clitheroe in 5th at the moment. They have also


slowed, really. When Lucy Kabuu put that pace in, some of them tried to


go with it for a little while, but Barrios has done well to hang on to


third. Jo Pavey and Helen Clitheroe have made inroads, but left it a


bit too late to catch up. Just over 70 minutes, in third place. Here


comes Jo Pavey, for a good return to formal. -- to form. A hard-


working performance from Jo Pavey, who will now head off to New York


to run the marathon. And a great debut behind her for Helen


Clitheroe. I think she has a chance to run an outstanding road race,


and more half marathons. A good debut, beating the Commonwealth


marathon champion, Jerotich, just crossing the line behind the two


Helen Clitheroe. Let's not forget she completed the 5000 metres in


Daegu. Perhaps she will have time to put her feet up a little bit and


good performance, we are seeing a pretty special run in the men's


race as well. The last time we looked, at the rate -- lead was


held by Jonathan Maiyo, but now, the paste is pretty quick. This man


here has continued that. And fresh from... Not everybody was fresh


from Daegu, but certainly his performance was good, outside other


medals, but a good run. Now he has pushed on. As suggested, I said


earlier on that Emmanuel Mutai would keep plugging away, we will


try find out what happened to Jonathan Meyer, but Emmanuel Mutai,


just sticking to his task. The pace has been pretty quick at the front,


they're not far away from the course record. This would be


remarkable. They are edging closer to it. So this is something we are


going to keep an eye on. That course record of 59.05 is pretty


special. The leader looks nice and comfortable, nice and balanced,


nice and relaxed. This place is one which is giving us quite a quick


race -- this pace. Looking over his shoulder, looking down the road,


the early leader looks to be in second place, Jonathan Maiyo. He is


now coming back strongly. He looks relaxed, he looks comfortable. He


is only for microsecond a slower, the course record was the fastest


half-marathon in the world at the time. He was the 5th in the world


championships, he had a couple of weeks to get ready, he takes on a


very strong field, and then, he seems to have an attack but


Jonathan Maiyo, which got them going. He is looking really relaxed


now. I just hope somebody get the information to him. When they


travel around the world, their management teams Cumwhitton,


hopefully he will get to know that he only has to run hard along the


seafront to record one of the fastest times, and could be the


for setting up this farce second half of the race and he still going


well in second place. Bigger because their leader, Martin


Mathathi, is moving so well -- they and used to train with a Lucy Kabuu


so the two of them may well be having a joint celebration.


Headings perhaps for a double victory. There is no chance of his


lead disappearing. The only question now is how fast can Martin


Mathathi go. If you look at his pedigree, he can go fast. He has


already run 13 minutes and three seconds of 500 metres, so the


pedigree that he brings for this event, bronze medal in the world


championships in 2007, so he has the youth of distance running


behind him and this year he ran well in the world championships. He


finished 5th when Mo Farah got the silver-medal. In the mix was this


man and he looks like a track runner now to me. He looks more


relaxed of the further he goes. He is up bright and erect in his past


year. Relaxing down the road. The gap is getting bigger. His legs are


starting to move quicker. If he sees that time at 12 miles and


understands, could he go up for the course record? I think that


particular mile between 11 and 12 is the crucial one. That is where


we saw Lucy Kabuu come off the pace a bit because it is a bit


undulating. Tadesse ran for 0.45 in that my when he broke the record. -


- To Dessie ran the four minutes and 45 through that when he broke


the record. When it is the 11th and 12th mile, the undulations can take


that little bit extra out of you and even if the downhill section is


heavy on the quads. It is so steep coming down to the seafront. With


tired legs, that Ken hurt. When you look at the map, it looks like a


good bit but we know it is not a good bit. It doesn't half take it


out of your legs. As he relaxes down the hill, you will see their 3


ahead of him. Then he will start to get the support. -- he will see the


sea ahead of them. Martin Mathathi of Kenya is the long wait leader


now. The longer smile is ahead of them. The Twelve Mile marker... If


he passes it, there it is. 54.1 would be the course record so he


has caught up five or six seconds in that mile, so I think that is


significant. It is not windy to be honest on the seafront but the


bikes are helping him. He has something to latch onto. If he


could finish with a big last mile, we could be seeing a new course


medal. I thought you were saying he would use the bike! Then he would


get it, or wooden tea! The official time I am being told was 53.51 --


then he would get it, wouldn't he! You can see how well he was moving.


If he keeps this pays going, we are under 59 minutes. He is looking


over his shoulder. Look at the splits. They are impressive in


themselves. His long stride, his beautiful action. Maybe he is using


the bike as a pacemaker but that is good enough. The crowd is getting


ready. The information being relayed to them. I hope he is the


information that he is on schedule on a path is ever Great North Run,


the fastest man ever to come and win here -- he is on schedule to be


the fastest ever Great North Run. His name could be at the top of the


lift. He has got a nice run down to the finish. Even the tiredness that


undoubtedly is sitting within his legs... He does not have to force


themselves a. If he can stay relaxed and pick something up in


the last few hundred metres. He is looking at his watch. I would make


it a three seconds inside the course record. He has to keep going.


He has to keep pushing. I don't know if he knows the course record.


Not all athletes are as full as the statistics as we are but he is


running a superb run and one of the quickest times, heading perhaps for


the quick as when we have seen in the Great North Run. As he is going


quicker, he looks more comfortable. He is stretching out. Well inside


of the finish. He will get a real boost in a couple of hundred metres


when he was the everybody lining the course but Martin Mathathi of


Kenya, that is what will greet him in a few moments time. Just under


57 minutes behind him, only a couple of minutes ahead of him.


Could it be under 59 minutes? Looking over his shoulder for no


real reason because nothing is going to affect him in terms of


this performance but Martin Mathathi of Kenya, bronze medallist


in the world championships, good track credentials, and he looks


like a good track runner. He looked so relaxed there, passing some of


the women athletes who set off a few minutes before him, and here he


comes, looking at his watch. That will tell him. He has been running


for 57 1/2 minutes! It won't tell him how far he has got to go! The


welcome sign now, before hundred metres point. The cyclists are


pedalling faster so he is clearly going faster. We are watching


something special from Martin Mathathi. The quickest time in the


world ever is 58.23. He will not be inside that. 58. but then after


that, another men have gone under 59 minutes and I think that will be


close for him. If he can just find something a little bit special.


59.05, the course record, held by Tadesse, if he can... He is just


check-in which lane to go. If he does not want to waste any more


time. Martin Mathathi, perhaps the biggest win of his career, the best


run of his career, he checks his watch once more... He is sprinting


down the last 150 yards! Heading for one of the quickest half


marathons of all time! Will it break a course record? You can see


the finished. He can see the clock ticking. That victory is his. Now


it is just a question of that time. Martin Mathathi! Sprinting to the


line! Wins the Great North Run inside the course record! The first


time we have ever seen anybody run inside 59 minutes! It will move him


into the top six all time for the half-marathon. And he's still looks


as fresh as a daisy. What a good performance in second place,


Jonathan Maiyo. A huge personal best for him. We will get the


official times for you as soon as we can. And Emmanuel Mutai, the


pre-race favourite, will be taking third spot. A pretty good


performance from him as well. He is trying to get under the hour mark.


He just manages it and takes third spot. Kogo from Kenya will come in


fourth. Then there is a pretty big gap I think to the 5th athlete.


What it raised from the winner. -- what a race. We have had a hugely


impressive performances from Lucy Kabuu and Martin Mathathi. Maybe he


will go and shake the hand of Jonathan Maiyo because he is the


one that changed the pace and then he picked it up after that. But


then of course man one macro just got quicker and quicker. To go from


20 seconds outside the record with five miles to go to go inside 10


seconds inside the record is a very impressive finish. This is a race


where the pace was building all the time. One of the French athletes is


just coming through now. A very good time. That is Abdellatif


Meftah. That is a really good performance by him. It has been a


tough day for Joauad Gharib, getting on of, 39 years of age,


two-time world champion. -- getting on a bit. But still running a


fairly swift 61 1/2. Six crossed the line. Quite a while before we


might get the 7th runner. Still coming to terms with that


performance. We will get the official time as soon as we can. It


was around 58.55. That is important. It is very tight on the all-time


He joins a great long list of Faber's athletes who have won this,


Haile Gebrselassie of course, perhaps one of the most famous --


long list of fabulous athletes. Back to the early days of Mike


McLeod, of course, who won the very first one. That is the best we have


The sea is very calm at South Shields thank goodness. This means


we have had really nice conditions. That is why we have had fast times.


Let's hope the thousands of others can produce some personal bests as


TANNOY: Lucy Kabuu of Kenya. the winner of the men's race,


Martin Mathathi. That is a run he will perhaps remember for the rest


of his life. That is certainly the best performance he has ever


produced. Who knows what sort of career beckons for him? Going up to


the marathon, it is a very lucrative move to make. On the


basis of what we have seen, he should not wait too long before he


There are the scenes at the finish line. It won't be long before they


was switched the lanes across to the finish on the left-hand side,


where the masses will finish, and all of the hundreds of volunteers


and bottles of water waiting for them and the space blankets and


everything else that greets them at good elite races. Lucy Kabuu's time


it took everybody by surprise, What a stunning performance in the


women's elite race. Lucy Kabuu, well done. Were you expecting this


today was mad yes. -- today? Yes. I expected it. You have been in Japan


for a while and have gone back to Kenya. Tell me about the change.


was staying in Japan. I decided to go to Kenya to train in Kenya. So I


could stay with my family. Happy. My manager has supported me well


and also my husband and my family have supported me well. That is why


I made it today. It was your man Agee, Ricky, who told us this is


just your second race back after having your baby -- your manager of.


Angel, it is my first race from... From when I take my child, Angels.


In the north-east there is an angel of the North statue. Have you heard


of that? No. The it is a huge statue as you drive into the north-


east. Why did you call your daughter Angel? I was happy to have


a baby girl and I decided to call Because always when I am doing my


things, I always think I have angels guiding me. That's why I


called my baby Angel. That's a wonderful reason. This was the


third fastest winning time ever in the women's race - were you aware


of how fast you were going? Yes, as I was training with the number two


in the World Championship, I was expecting to do a good time today.


You did that, and you entertained the huge crowd. We look forward to


seeing you again at the Great North STEVE CRAM: It is really


interesting, another athlete making moves. Mo Farah was talking about


doing what you have to do to get the best out of yourself, find the


right training environment, etc. It certainly paid off for Lucy Kabuu,


moving back to Ken year macro. We have still got some of the better


male athletes moving across the You can just see in the background


of clouds gathering a bit. But the sun is pretty much shining down


here at South Shields. There's a few people out in T-shirts. It is a


really nice day, almost perfect conditions. Everybody will be


looking out for their loved ones, and those who they have come to


cheer. Always massive crowds here at South Shields, one of the big


days out up in the north-east. So many watching on the route all the


way down as well. We can see that you're running from Irene. Who was


she? She was my sister-in-law, who passed away recently with motor


neurone disease. How many times have you been here? This is my 20th


consecutive time here, but I'm only PAUL DICKENSON: Certainly, the


finish has been filling up over since about 8 o'clock this morning.


And so on, this area will be packed full of the masses, and the finish


director and his team have been directing operations down here at


directing operations down here at directing operations down here at


South Shields. Earlier, the first finisher we saw this morning was


the Canadian George Cassidy, just outside the course record, held by


Kenny Toal of Great Britain. Coming in second in the wheelchair race


was Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging. And it was a surprise third place


finisher, the Swedish athlete. finisher, the Swedish athlete.


George Cassidy spoke to Sue Barker. Congratulations, what a time.


you, it was a tough race. It looked fairly comfortable. This was pretty


tough. Are was on my own the whole way, but the guys were on my back.


It is the first race, but he is not easy. Was that the kind of time


that you had in mind? I was just trying to give it everything I had.


The wind was quite favourable, but it was hard work. You said you


bitter had a bit of a problem with your shoulder. Yes, and I had food


poisoning a couple of which go. To bounce back like this is really


great. You have won here before, it is a pretty special place, isn't


it? Yes, coming to Newcastle has been good for me, I had the Tyne


Tunnel race a couple of days ago as well. What next? Just a couple of


days off, then preparation for the New York marathon in November. That


of Kenny Toal, when he comes back. The winner of the women's


wheelchair race, Shelly Woods. Just 20 seconds outside of the course


record, which is held by the athlete who came in second, the


American athlete Amanda McGrory. And one of the most prolific


wheelchair racers in the world, Francesca Portcelato, came in third.


Congratulations, Shelly Woods - how many times have you won this?


think three. I have done it seven times. It is a good day. You're


hardly a veteran. No, I'm only 25, I started when I was 17. I know


that this win means a lot to you. You left your big rival Amanda


McGrory way behind. I don't know, I have never done that before,


especially with such a big margin. It is always good to be Amanda


McGrory, because it does not happen very often. But I broke away in the


first few miles, and I stayed away. I knew she was going to try to


catch me, because she's such a good climate. So on every hill, I was


climbing like a mad woman, descending like a woman possessed,


and just trying to go all out on the Flat. I'm really happy. I think


it was the fastest time I have ever done on this course. And possibly a


course record. It would be night -- nice if I took her course record as


well! Obviously you have got the Paralympics coming up, and a London


2012 and everything. Yes, really excited about next year. It is


going to be huge. This is good confidence for me going into the


New York Marathon next month - or in November. And next year, I think


the Paralympics, at home, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm


just looking forward to it, and preparing the best are possibly can.


I will do everything I can to try and get on the podium next year.


Keep racing like a woman possessed, it's brilliant!


STEVE CRAM: While we were speaking to Shelly Woods, this man was


crossing the finishing line, this is Ryan Macleod, and it was his dad


who won the very first Great North Run in 1981. That's his brother and


his mum with him, I think. I'm sure his dad will not be too far away.


You were running in that one as well, Brendan, and I was as well.


The reason you say that is because you caught me at nine males and run


away from me. That's why you wanted to tell the story, I know. I wasn't


going to mention it, but now that you have... You did cheat though,


you said you were going to run slowly, and you set off right at


the front. Well, that was 30 years ago. Incredible to believe. But


what a day we have had, as far as the elite racers are concerned.


Lots of drama I'm sure to come with the masses, who are making their


way quickly, and some rather less quickly, towards South Shields. The


sun who are still shining here, Mary Cury. Yes, they have to raise


�140 million a year, and only a third comes from Hoddle. The rest


has to be raised from total causes like today. If need be, it allows


those people to die at home, surrounded by their family and


be able to see the road at all. While we're waiting for more to


come through, let's catch up with some of the elite women. Phil has


spoken to the two British women who went pretty well today. Jo, fourth


place, Helen, fifth place. Did you get out of the race what you wanted,


with a view to New York? Yes, definitely, it is great to be back


out racing. I was not able to race in the summer because of injury.


First race back, it was lovely just to get back out there. It was


lovely to have Helen running as well. I was really impressed with


her. I really enjoyed it. A really fast pace being set ahead of you,


what was going through your mind? Yes, it was a really strong field


here today. It was always going to be a really fast time. I was


pleased to get house and have a race. Ideally I would have wanted


to be a bit quicker. But it is a great stepping-stone towards New


York later in the year. It is always such a fantastic atmosphere.


I thoroughly enjoyed it. And this was your half-marathon debut, Helen


- how did you enjoy it? A lot more than I thought I would. I came with


that mentality, I did not know what to expect. Especially having run


yesterday and having had such a long track season. But I just


enjoyed it. I had a bit of a bad patch at about three miles, which


was a bit worrying. After that we started running together, just


running with my mate, and it was great! She just got away from me at


the end. But really pleased with my debut. Does this put down a marker


for you for where you might go in the next year or two? Yes, I do


enjoy running on the roads, and I would like to do more of it. I had


not really prepared specifically for half marathon, so it would be


interesting to see if I could improve if I did more specific


training. Because obviously I have been training for the World


Championships on the track. state of distance running for


females in Britain, as well as Mo on the male side of things, is


fantastic. But it causes problems for you, with just three places for


the marathon for 2012... Yes, it keeps us all going. We are all good


mates, it is lovely having Helen here today. We kept each other


going. It is a nice position to be in. It is the same for me, we were


laughing afterwards, we both felt really bad at three miles. And then


we seemed to get going again. We managed to work together and get


back to some of the others. It was a good race. It is really nice to


have so many good runners in the country. It is a brilliant


situation to be in going into 2012. And what Mo has achieved has


inspired us all. Well done to both British athletes there. It is a big


the best on the screen # # Read our name on the screen # # Everybody


wants to be on TV #. # Everybody wants to be on TV #.


Forget Audrey Hepburn, forget Betty Davies #.


# I can't act, I can't dance, I can't sing #.


# But we all want to be famous #. # Be a face on the screen #.


# Reader our names in the papers #. # Everybody wants to be on TV #.


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


# Everybody wants to be like James famous #.


How are you feeling? Mark? Not normally seen in you with so many


people. I feel great. If I had the support in America, I would have


done it in a 50 days, not 100. is your first time? This is my 10th


time of doing the Great North Run. The first one was in 1993. The


Great North Run gave me the idea that I could run so it is very


important to us. I am normally one from getting from A to B, but I am


hoping to run under two hours today. You have been up a star, we look


forward to seeing your next project. All the best. Great to speak to you.


Good luck. The clouds gathering but so far we


have managed to stay warm and drive down at South Shields but the


weather forecast people have done a pretty good job. They said at 1pm


we could get showers and that may be happening. One of our local


presenters on Tyne-Tees is running for a dog charity. The amount of


different charities... It doesn't matter what your love is, whether


it is something very personal or your pets, there are third in the


ways in which you can show your appreciation. -- there are


Somebody running his first Great North Run for cancer research,


Freddie, says would you wish Adam good luck, please. Adam, hopefully


out for local club vests, like Gateshead Harriers and polytechnic


and so on, but what is more prevalent as the years go by a are


the number of charity best so be warned and another person who is


running the very first Great North Run and possibly her last is the


wife of a former executive producer of athletics on BBC television,


Martyn Webster, who unfortunately passed away early on this year from


motor neurone disease. We have been -- we will be speaking to his wife


later. Death there is raising money to -- and there is both raising


money for cancer. Nell McAndrew is such a good runner. That lane is


kept for the celebrities and funnily enough, there is nobody


else in it. So well done to Nell McAndrew. Looking as fit as above.


She has been enjoying her running for so many years now. 1.25. 85


costumes. I don't know if that is technically a bad girl. I would


trust your judgment. Never mind. I Lee's Webster, running for motor


neurone disease in memory of her husband, and we can catch up with


an now. She spoke to Denise Lewis Up I am running for Martyn Webster,


my husband, who died in March of motor neurone disease. He directed


the first Great North Run, and has ever since. Last it was the first


we had to sit and watch it because he was not well enough to run it


and I told him I would try to run it this see if so here I am,


running it in his memory, because he loved this place, he up the


energy and enthusiasm of everybody in the North East, and the first


will story he ever did as a producer was about Charlie Spedding,


a runner from the North East, and since that time he have had a great


fondness for this blaze. On behalf of everyone at the BBC, we wish you


the best. We all miss him. Thank you. I am sure he is with us to.


Absolutely. What she knew. Telling you to get going! And that's what


everybody who has sponsored mate... Good luck. We all do miss Martin


Webster and indeed his daughter is here today, she is fund-raising


manager for a charity close to my Certainly be very best of luck to


Peter Brooke, or running in memory of his very best friend, Paul


Huddlestone, who lost his life to pancreatic cancer a little while


ago. He is running on behalf of Pancreatic Cancer a UK, where over


�18,000 has been raised so far. Elizabeth is running for the RNIB


and said if she gets to South Shields, make sure she turns left


because she does not want to end up in a thief! She is number 32,867. -


- she does not want to end up in it was the eve of stub Caroline chapel


raising money for a charity which provides the holiday of a lifetime


was sick and disabled children. was walking on the quayside


yesterday after the Great North City games and a man called Archie


came up and said, could you mention my wife running in memory of her


mum and dad's. And for all the leaders of Girl guiding in


Edinburgh, where she is the Commissioner. Good luck! David, No.


12,009, is running the Alzheimer's Society, and Jon, money for


Macmillan Cancer Care. So many of these big charities rely on


hundreds and thousands of people taking part today. The first shower


now. Those weather forecasters are good. The best one is sitting next


to me. He taught me just after 1pm... It is a bit early. Out there


today from Birmingham City Council, be international sports director,


Mike Osborne, it is his birthday. He is running his first Great North


Run. Getting nicely cool. No need for any showers along the course


because this one is right above their heads. A stalwart, Dawn


Jackson, regularly runs at Great North Run, the easier run-in with


her new sisters-in-law, Amy and Emily. And getting a nice welcome


relief. The runners will love this towards the end, after they had


been running an hour 1/2. This will be great. Sean and Collette and


Claire's imam, Pat, who is 66, -- Clare's mother. All of them doing


this at the very first time today. I hope they are having a great


experience and raising lots of money for the breast cancer


campaign. Squally showers. I am pretty sure it is localised or stop


specially put on for those who are finishing! I think it is living in


a southerly direction. My Directors says it is not reining at the


Helen, lovely to see you again! The safety in numbers! Yes, this means


we can talk all the way round! When I am pushing, all the men say, do


you want and hand? I am definitely getting a better deal. Are they


looking after you? Very good. They did last year. I could not do it


without them. Who are you raising money for? The company, the


Disabled Centre in Jesmond. It is the only centre we have in


Newcastle for disabled people. They do a fantastic job. How much do you


want to raise? A group of them have already raised �2,000 and I have


raised �451. That is fantastic. You are looking very fresh-faced Oster


that is because the boys are doing most of the pushing. We definitely


need a better wheelchair. If anybody has a better racing


wheelchair next year, please let us know! It keeps spinning at the


front come up every time I hit a bump. Anybody out there who has a


racing wheelchair, please! heard it first! We wish you all the


best of stock not far to go now. How are we going to get down this


Mickey Gray, a man synonymous with a few football clubs but most


importantly, Sunderland. The club where he started and the one that


is closest to his heart. I am not sure if he will head down to the


match afterwards or stop he is a good runner. He looks a little


tired but that is still a pretty good time. 1.33. A very good time


by Mickey grave. -- Mickey Gray. The soldiers are lining but routes


for the last couple of hundred metres. The best example of all,


Brigadier-General James Stevenson. He is running the course, trying to


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


run his best time in the half of the race, how is it going?


just lines unfolding in my head at the moment, and I'm quite tired.


Can you give us any lines? Yes. I'm starting with - I see a man


carrying a fridge humpback like the time Bridge, he's representing


those burdens that we bear, like wandering, did I just need one last


run to properly prepare? And then we're off, a slap of Mo Farah's


hand, laces untied, we fall,? Wrapped, we stand, and we flow


through the tunnel, like water, or as if we're on a conveyor belt.


There's a sunflower, Indiana Jones, a cuddly toy a... And my shins


guess unstrained as I get to the Tyne Bridge, but then I think of


that bloke carrying the fridge. And then the Red Arrows go by, in the


missing man formation, the smoke evaporates in the sky, and I think


of the army of ghosts shadowing us, giving us all for what and the why.


And then the band strikes up the Blaydon races, and a spectrum of


puce floods across our faces. That's about it, the rest of it is


in my head. I think that's amazing. I cannot wait to hear the finished


masterpiece. I'm a bit surprised that came out, it came out on


adrenalin, I think. I did not think that would be in my brain. The it


was amazing. I think you should do the London Marathon! No, not the


London Marathon, oh, no. We will see if we make it through this one


first. I cannot wait to hear the finished product. That was Kate Fox,


a member of the Great North Run cultural programme, which has been


going for five years, and has done some wonderful things since they


came into existence. Let's hare of projects, installations and


commissions, set against the backdrop of the world's largest


features 13 short films, with each run a training for this year's


Great North Run lip synching to 2000 finishers already, but lots


more to come. We are still in the early stages of people getting over


the line. One man who went over the finishing line about six minutes


ago is with Sue now. They say you for looking reasonably fresh, but


you did about 1:32. Yes, it was very tough, I found the last four


miles really hard, but I had a great runner alongside me all the


way, staying with me until the end, and I'm really pleased with my time


this year. Did he do better than last year? No, I did 1:30 last year.


Today it was 1:32. I will take that. You know a lot about this race


because you ran it many, many years ago. Yes, before I even started as


an apprentice in Sunderland, I did it when I was 15 years old. I did


1:45 then, so, gradually improving. I thought you may turn out in a


Sunderland kit today. I have been trying to organise something for


the last couple of weeks. But they could not get me a showed in time.


Captain, but you can't get their kit. A exactly, you leave the club


and they forget all about you. you going to watch later? Most


definitely. I will be cheering the shirt, maybe he could give one to


Sunderland for today. Close to the finishing line, Joe McElderry,


looking pretty good. A local boy. He had such a good time last year,


getting big, big cheers. This is better than singing, isn't it?


Running for Teeneage Cancer Trust, as you can see. He's doing sterling


work. I think he might give us a bit of a sing-song later, who knows.


1:42, something like that, for Joe, well done to him. I'm sure we will


hear from him shortly. I never thought there would see the day


that these two were actually donning their trainers and running


the Great North Run. Both of you former athletes, tell me why you're


doing this. I'm running for British Heart Foundation. My aunt died this


year, as you know. And Caroline's father. Together we are showing


everybody that yes, we can do it. It is hard work and very emotional.


It is hard, but her love it. I'm running for Alzheimer's, in memory


of my nan, also with my father in mind. I want to do it every year


now. I cannot believe it, converted! I know you were really


nervous yesterday, not looking forward to it. But completely


changed, I want to do it on a marathon now. What has the


atmosphere been like? Electric, and we're dragging you in next year.


I'm not sure about that. Let's, girls, really proud of you. I will


see you at the finish line. First celebrity home, as always, Nell


McAndrew. Yes, I'm creeping up, a bit better this year, 1:25. I did


get a few shouts of Batman, but I thought, I do look like a girl,


don't I? Who chose the outfit? son, Devon. We have got a superhero


theme in our house at the moment. He says, you have got to run fast,


Mum, and bring home a medal. He thinks that a win. Well, you have


won, the top celebrity once again. It is just a fantastic atmosphere.


If you dress it up, you get even more cheers, it is fantastic.


People say, why doesn't she run with the elite runners? Well, just


being busy with being a mum and other things. It is hard to fit


training in. But I feel so fortunate. Anybody out there, just


get started, do a raised for life for cancer research UK, and before


you know it, you can build up to a half marathon. Anything is possible.


We have got 2,500 winners for cancer research UK today. Come and


join us. You are are becoming quite the little runner, aren't you?


did the London Marathon a blow was in pieces after that. It is


tomorrow and, I picked a smaller charity, it is called the Sara's


Hope Foundation, which gives holidays to the families of


children with cancer. Me and my friends, we're halfway through, it


is all good. The sun has come out to greet you, probably not making


it quite as easy as you hoped. wish it was raining, actually. I'm


trying to keep this on, to keep Sara's Hope Foundation seen. And I


have been so stitched up, I'm a Manchester United fan, but I have


got to where this! Not far to go is waiting in the tent, with a cup


of tea, probably. He says, we you say hello to my wife, eight months


after having given birth to their baby daughter. I think he's


expecting her in a little while. So, come on, Lindsey, Steve's waiting,


he will have a nice cup of tea for you.


PAUL DICKENSON: Certainly still plenty of people out on the course.


The course director will be delighted that the progress, if not


with the weather. But it looks like it is clearing up a little bit. We


had a message in the commentary box earlier on today about a young lady


who's running in her second Great North Run today on her 18th


birthday, called Lauren Richardson, running on behalf of Teeneage


Cancer Trust. Her mum is also running. Her husband said he was


not sure what time she would be running, but she had better be


quick, because Lauren's birthday party starts at 5 o'clock this


forecasting, they have been pretty accurate today. -- weather


forecasting. And a there's one of our more well known whether people,


John Hammond. -- weather people. He's going well. And we're trying


to get hold of Joe McElderry shortly. John goes over the line in


just over 1:48. He looks OK. I mentioned Joe. He finished a few


minutes ago, and he's with Sue now. Yes, and he's recovered. Was it


hard? It was, because of the rain and things. But I got a pain in my


ankle which was travelling at my leg. But I really enjoyed it, and


going to live, that's the main thing. You were looking to beat


1:38, you were only just outside. think it was 1:42. I'm happy with


that. I had to stop about three times to stretch my leg because it


was painful. But I enjoyed it and it rained, which called us down.


Tell us a bit more about this charity, the Teeneage Cancer Trust.


Yes, I'm a patron. It is an amazing charity. They have units all over


the country. It is home from home for the teenagers wondering


hospital. Families can go and stay, it is more than just being stuck in


a hospital bed. It is great. Every time I go in, the atmosphere is


just so loving and caring, the nurses are amazing. I go in and I


sing for them. I answer questions for them, and they love it. It is


great to raise some money for them. You must have one of the most


recognisable faces, did you get a lot of comments? Yes, people had


banners and things, which was really nice. I saw some friends and


family on the way, which was nice as well. They will probably trying


to get you to sing later on. Well, you never know. Get your breath


running for the Mary Curie Cancer Trust. He plays Ryan in EastEnders.


You may have heard Steve Cram took about a charity called Coco, well


Becky would worth is running for them, hoping to run into 0.5 hours.


not the best the spectating, but for the runners, it is just giving


them a nice cool down in the last mile or so. There she is, Sophie


Raworth. That is a smiling Sophie. The London Marathon was a bit of a


difficult experience, this one looks as though it has been a much


happier one. 1.51, crossing the line, very well done indeed. Pretty


good running, well under two hours for Sophie. I think that was her


husband crossing the line with her, she said they were hoping to run


together. Harmony in their some are a long way further back,


we keep talking about the organisation of this event, it is


built on years and years of experience. But we should always


remember that there are all sorts of people involved in the


preparations. Let's have a look at some of the preparations that go


We are printing out all the goodies that the runners want, T-shirts,


medals, drinks and also something to eat at the end. It is a


combination of three weeks' work fast, nearly 50,000 packs, just in


time for the event this coming You have got a Brit is putting


various items into the back. I'm putting the bottle here, passing


them, putting him in a box. After last week, we feel as though we


have done the marathon, perhaps There we are a bit panicky in case


we don't get it done in time. Everybody has worked really well


together, it is great that we are nearly at the end.


There is an awful lot of work to do, but everyone is up for the


challenge. It has all got to go out on the


wagons, and then we will be watching the telly on Sunday, with


our feet up! We did those packs right at the


end! It will absolutely be done in time.


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


I think we do need a medal at the crossed the finish line, and still


they keep coming. That is only about a 6th of those who will cross


the finish line today. A little earlier on, we had deep two very,


very good elite races. And if you are just joining us, just to remind


you, we had a very quick race in the women's event, and in the men's


event, the quickest we have ever seen here at the Great North Run.


The previous course record had stood at 59 minutes and five


seconds. But then this man, man -- it Mathathi, who were set up very


nicely by Jonathan Maiyo, picked up the pace, but quicker and quicker,


under 59 minutes. Only six men have ever run under 59 minutes before.


He finished 5th in the world championships, but he was the


What an amazing performance by Martin Mathathi, the first athlete


ever to go under 59 minutes here at the Great North Run. I wonder what


you think now about your achievement today? I feel really


honoured to run today in this, and run my best records, the best


average my career. Did you believe at the start of today's Ray Stead


you could achieve such a fast time? No why couldn't believe, but my


manager encouraged me and said, maybe I can run 59. So he gave me a


lot of motivation and encouragement, so I made it. What does it mean to


you to join such a fantastic list of great Kenyan winners of this


race? Such as Martin Lel, you are the 8th different Kenyan winner of


this race. I know it is a very big race, I was hoping to run today, my


manager told me the race is a very good and well organised. I thought


that it would be better for me to run it and give it a try. What were


you thinking when Jonathan Maiyo went out into quite a sizable lead?


He went out into the lead early on. I was thinking, I have all the race,


I encourage myself, so I thought I could win, yes. Well you won in


emphatic style. We hope to see back again. Congratulations. I hope to


run again next year, I am very happy for the organisations and the


spectators who cheered me all the way, and I thank my manager for


That puts him a 5th on the all-time list. A great run from Jonathan


Maiyo as well in second place. Emmanuel Mutai, the pre-race


course record, but it was a really quick run from Lucy Kabuu of Kenya.


That is the third fastest ever on this course, Paula Radcliffe holds


the record. Mara Yamauchi dropped out at around 80 miles, not injured,


just feeling unwell. -- eight miles. Hopefully she can come back and run


a marathon and get her Olympic plans back on course. A few moments


ago, Sophie Raworth finished in Guess who is here, she has made it


to the finish, and we have time to do the interview this time! I am so


pleased to see you, sue! It means it is over! And you look really


fresh. Did you find it easy? I felt brilliant, I did it in one hour 50,


which is much better than last time. It was fantastic, I loved it. I was


reassuring myself all the way round with a monitor, the crowds were


brilliant. Loved it. In case anyone doesn't know why, it is because you


pass that during the London Marathon because you push yourself


too much. But I hear that you did when the domestic battle?


husband, who told me he had pulled a muscle, actually was right on my


shoulder the whole way round, I think he held back in gallant


fashion and let me cross the line ahead of him. It was a wonderful


race. I know a number of people were chatting to you all the way


round. Lots of people were saying, don't push it too hard! Take it


easy! Really wonderful support. have done this with ease, so the


big question is, would you consider doing the London marathon again?


would consider it, it is my mother. Today was about predictably to


myself, because I trained so hard for the marathon and then Blewett,


because I came in at six hours 22, but today was fantastic, because I


proved it to myself. If my mum will that's me, I will do it! Anywhere,


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


congratulations. A great time, people who have all got really


personal stories as to why they are taking part here today. And so many


of them, running for courses -- causes so close to their heart, and


hopefully having a bit of fun as A fantastic job, you must be


relieved. Yes, I have had injuries this year, but to get under one


hour 30 at the age of 48, I'm happy. And raised a lot of money? Yes, I


was in Afghanistan last year, we lost a lot of troops, a lot of


injuries, so this goes towards helping the blokes we need to help


now. Your company are all looking very shy, I know they have worked


hard. Rebecca at work has been hounding everybody for sponsors and


family and everything, she has raised the most money. Rebecca,


There is a lot of emotion out there on days like this and we began the


day in a fairly emotional way with the Red Arrows. Don't forget we


will be see them again with their display at South Shields or all of


Just over 8,000 have now crossed This is the corner where they will


see the sea for the first time. They will know there is not far to


Just over two hours now. Peak time is approaching between now and two


hours 30 and you can see the road filling up and the runners coming


through. Of all the runners out there, one man, Mark Allison, is


just coming to the end a remarkable journey and this actually will just


be a stroll in the park for him off from running right across the


United States for America, over # On the road again #.


At not one point did I think I would not make it. You have to


remind yourself why you are running across America. The two great


It took 12 months to perfect the route across America and then the


logistics around my accommodation and transport, it comes together,


slowly but surely, but it does take a lot of planning. I chose not to


go the easy way and it wasn't too much of a straight line in the end.


I took in the Mojave desert, it is such a fantastic place, I was on


Route 66 at the time. You would see one or two cars a day. The amount


of thinking time you get. It is I chose a very difficult path


through the Rocky Mountains. It could not be too easy. Worthy of


people's sponsorship. We stayed in mobile accommodation for 100 days.


We tried to make the porridge as tasty as we could! That was my


staple diet. Probably had 50 different chicken recipes and 200


porridges! My family surprised me with a visit for five days when I


was 40 but the moment that I had to say goodbye to them, my wife and my


son, I have never felt so low in all of my life. I could not look at


the horizon for three days after You hear of so many people do in


the Great North Run and you have a debt of gratitude to pay to a


hospice, hospital, whatever. St Benedict's Hospice, who cared for


my manner which she had cancer, was firmly in my mind, -- who cared for


my mum, as was the Children's Foundation. When you have a


difficult few miles, I remind myself why I am running and the


miles become a lot easier. It is 1045 am on day 96. I have


just heard that the fund has gone up to 50,000 pound for a St


Benedict's Hospice and the Children's Foundation. I am so


pleased with that. The last five days were extremely


difficult. I started thinking about the finishing line far too early


and I was getting very anxious. I was on my feet for 22 hours on the


last day, New Jersey, Manhattan, into Coney Island. I had only had


three hours Street. But looking back, I was very focused -- 3 hours


asleep. I was fully aware that I was being sponsored to the finish


line in 100 days and for me, if higher at not managed to get there


in 100 days, it would have been so disappointing -- if I had not


managed to get there. This is the peer of Coney Island. I


made it, coast to coast. I made it. CHEERING. That is the Atlantic.


After 100 days. Brilliant. I cannot believe that. It is all over.


An amazing feat by Mark worthy of a lack of honour and that is how his


participation in today's race has been built. Had I not been


influenced by the Great North Run, I perhaps wouldn't have run across


America though I am full of admiration for the Great North Run


and I am so looking forward to doing this years. It will be a


fantastic end to a long, hard summer of running. So many


incredible stories and the man in a green T-shirt there has put in a


few miles in the past, the former Minister of Sport, Richard Caborn.


He finishes in just over two hours and 11 minutes. Over 11,000 have


finished now, and I was saying a few minutes earlier that it is a


very special day for the show macro and particularly for the Red Arrows


will have been synonymous with this event for so many years -- for the


Great North Run. Jon Egging sadly lost his life and is being


remembered today by the Red Arrows You said it was quite an emotional


race but you did it super-fast time. It was just amazing, the atmosphere.


Everybody here is running for a good cause and everybody was


cheering me on. It is a real privilege to be here and to launch


the Jon Egging charity. Mention a bit about the trust you have set up


in his memo Reef. We have launched the Jon Egging Trust, to realise's


Jon's ambition to develop people's natural talents and everything he


laughed, and leadership, teamwork. I know it was difficult for you. He


was always with you. You used to run together. This is the first


half marathon I have run without Jon but pretty tough. I had great


people with me. Everybody here is amazing at this show macro so


fantastic day. You have tremendous support from the Red Arrows. -- At


this Great North Run. You were running with one of the pilots. I


guess it was great to see the fly past. It is really tough. Seeing


the fly-past, I have been touched by everything. It is great to be


here. I know Jon would be very proud of you and what you are doing.


Congratulations on today and good luck with raising the money for the


trust. Thank you ever so much. A very emotional day for everyone


connected with the Red Arrows. They will be giving their display in


about 20 minutes or so so watch out for that. And still they come.


12,500 across the line now and this is really getting into the peak


Two hours and 30 minutes have now -- have now elapsed. Most of these


runners are looking in fine fettle indeed. Colin Jackson is a little


further behind us through the other Simon, I notice that dragon, I had


to come directly to you! Tell us about your charity. Sants raise


awareness for parents suffering from losing a baby, etc. They give


bereaved parents support and help them through tough times. You came


running up. You spotted him in the mayhem! It is. I am really proud of


him. Really proud. Was it heptathlon? I really enjoyed it but


it was tough. A lot of hills, which I am used to, but... Different


tales. We should be used to that. I am glad you had a great time and I


hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Thank you! I won't fall


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


off # And I would walk 500 more #. # Jested beat the man who walks 500


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


miles #. #. # And I would walk 500 more #


# Just to be the man who walks 1000 miles #


The Proclaimers, the song that gets played more often than not, and


little did they know when they recorded that song that it would


get played time and time again at running events all around the world.


It still sounds good though. 14,500 runners have now finished. This is


probably the peak time finishing. People moving well. The expedition


beyond the finishing finals starts as they go through collecting their


goodie bags, replenishing their drinks, and then finding the


families, because there is 50,000 here, 100,000 on the other end


waiting to meet them! The numbers For some it is the first time, for


some may have done it many times before, and somebody who has been


here a few times before, Finley Going back a few years, one of the


features we did was a rather moving one involving this gentleman here.


Remind me. Was up 13 1/2 marathons? 24 1/2 marathons, 24 days, 24 times


around the world. Explain why you did it for Alstom I had cancer and


I wanted to put something back into the charity. Cancer Research UK. It


was great. It was all clear for five years until just before last


year's Great North Run, and then unfortunately I got diagnosed with


a different type of cancer, and it has been a bit of a rough year but


after 38 treatments, two months ago, I had all my tests completed and I


am free from cancer again. So I have beaten cancer three times and


it is a great day, just to be back here again, and I am trying to work


out gift after two -- after two around the world, not quite sure


what his next. Hazel has been giving me support. It is good to be


back. What tribute can you pay to this guy? He is absolutely


fantastic. When I got the opportunity to run with him, I


could not wait to help him get a cross that line. I have a sad story


myself as well. My sister died of multiple sclerosis nine years ago


just before my very first Great North Run and my brother has got it


who is out there now so this is my 9th time, and to run it with


Findlay has been the best one of all. Few were so gracious to us all


of those years back -- you were so gracious. We did a feature on you.


It hit home and I am sure you storm today well as well. Thank you. -- I


am sure your story today will as well. Certainly, some remarkable


One of the things about the Great North Run over the years, it has


evolved into something much, much bigger than even Brendan Foster


could have imagined some years ago. One of the great features now is


the fact it is a two-day festival, not just a running, but a track-


and-field athletics. And yesterday, around the quayside of Newcastle,


we had the great Junior run. We It has been a great weekend of


activity, and enthusiasm is really shining through. They are even


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


I have enjoyed it a lot. I thought it was really good, I loved it.


Exhausting! I am dressed as a Snow Queen, I have had lots of fun.


thought we would do It For our sister. She just loved it. Halfway


through, my lungs felt as if they were fit to burst! I can't wait for


next year! Do it again. The event is coming to the end, and the crowd


pick-up all the youngsters, and a thoroughly enjoyable day out. I


Tyne mouth, and the Priory, standing proud as ever. South


Shields beach, the tide is on its way out now. I am not good on tides,


to be fair! You have done well on the weather, you have predicted the


weather. We would get others to worry about the tides. Anyway,


beautiful sunshine here in South Shields. Looking further down,


there are clouds gathering, but we have had ideal conditions. Two are


fast races in the elite events, a little shower to greet the runners,


but sunshine at the moment. Brollies have been put away for the


time being. A story which has touched the hearts of many in the


north-east is one we mentioned earlier, the teenager, and Newton,


tragically killed in June this year. -- Emma Newton. Many or Reading for


If you were watching our coverage earlier, a story on Emma Newton,


who sadly died in made, when a tree fell on her car in high winds. Her


uncle Andrew and Simon. She was into the performing arts. You have


had the glasses on. Obviously, a very sad story, an emotional day


for you. Very emotional, coming over the line. It felt really hard,


but we kept shouting Emma, love you, Emma. How are you feeling? Not too


bad, I have been marathon training. It is a great one to do. Come on in,


Robbie. Robbie, Emma's father. And one of the twins, Emma's sister,


the whole clan are here. It has been on TV all day. Everybody has


been here, was it good? Brilliant. Unreal. They will be back for more.


What has it been like with the anticipation, waiting for them to


come home? Everybody has been wearing a Tutus, I can always spot


Simon! But it has been great, just waiting for them to come back


through. The key is to get the word out. The other twin has joined us


now! Gorgeous girls. We have the Emma Newton Fund, that is what it


is all about, raising money to help people who might not be so


fortunate to enjoy performing arts, really. Yes, for anybody who is


struggling to get the funds together in the performing arts,


the fund is there for them. This will be a long-lasting thing in


Emma's name, that is what we are really proud of. Maybe these guys


might need it in a few years' time! Let's hope so, these two are a


credit to you, and these grown-ups are as well. I know there are about


seven in all, well done to the long stretch down to the finish


line here, they are still looking very happy. The crowds are as big


as I have ever seen at the Great North Run, it is a pretty nice day,


so they have come out to cheer them through these sometimes tough last


few yards. Plenty to welcome them, Multi-coloured socks, any


particular reason? Just to stand out, and give a bit of motivation


to myself, look stupid. A bit more fun, keeps you going! It was a


tough course today? Yes, it was a. It was my first time, I didn't know


what to expect. I did my best, that is all I needed to do. You have


been accused of raping him in! Absolutely! That is the 6th in a


row. I thought I would get him on the running but as well. You raised


a lot of money, hopefully? A few fund raising events. I raised money


for cardiac arrest in the young. love this medal, it is one that I


haven't got, next year, maybe! Well I have got two competitors here,


absolutely delighted to finish. We met them at the start. Hannah Gray,


and Sophie Gradin, a former Miss Newcastle. You have got a big smile


on your face. Very chuffed. Just over two hours, I think someone was


watching over me today, a very special number, 25, the same number


as a Syrett who I was writing money for. Trimmer -- tremendous. Helping


children with cancer. Yes, it is providing luxury, with the peace of


mind of the care and attention people need, so they can go on


holiday like a normal families, and do normal activities, go to the


beach, in the comfort of their wonderful villa in Crete. We are


taking more donations, we really appreciate more donations, if you


can. You did really well, you only went out to buy your running socks


a few days ago. Bless my little prodding stocks! I am so proud to


be here, the sun came out, we got caught in the rain, I'm so proud to


represent the city that holds such a fantastic event. The atmosphere


is buzzing, everyone is smiling, I want to stay here all day! Jelly


beans! Ice packs! And everyone, cheering your name. Yes, thank you


to everyone who cheered us on, without the people at the sidelines,


I don't think we would have got through as well as we did.


person you are without his Calum Best. We haven't seen him at the


finish come any news on him? idea where he is. He might claim he


ran it in a one hour 50 maybe. chance of that. We are going to


watch him, over! Maybe see you next Better known as Craig and Andy. You


have made a -- and added. Who are you running for? Bobby Moore, the


diabetes Association. How was the run today? Weather conditions were


good, the atmosphere was fantastic all the way around, lot of support


from the fantastic people of Newcastle. Whose idea was it to


come in a Smurfs outfit? struggled to decide what to run as,


but he has had some bad experiences in races before, beaten by Smurfs


twice in marathons and half marathons. We thought, if you can't


beat them, join them. That is a good motto. Well done, I hope you


You have received a hero's welcome. How old are you? 80 years, one


month, two weeks, two days, five hours and 20 seconds! I hear you --


who are you running for? handicapped children. Up to now, I


have �1,520. Brilliant! And I have two collections to go. How many


times have you been doing this? times. What is it that keeps


pulling you back? My wife died a long time ago, we were going to do


this together. When I first started, it was tough. But now, when you


hear the crowd, what can I do? I must keep going! I want to do it


next year now! We want to see you here next year. It has been a


pleasure meeting you. Brendon tells me that I am 60. That is his age!


You don't look 90, that is for and of north-east events for a long


time. Well done to him, still going strong. 2.5 hours have been


completed. We have had over 20,000 crossing the finishing line. And


Lee and Anna have kindly stopped. - - Emma. This a Blue Peter special.


A lot of love went into this! Sticky-backed plastic, gaffer tape!


A real effort. Why are you running for this cause? Emma and are still


a lot of sailing on the south coast, we see these guys and girls go out


in weather that no one else wants to go out in, risked their lives.


These guys are amazing, unbelievable. One of the best


causes there is, I think. Way you a guide, to try and making knock


people out? Pretty much. He did pretty well. I couldn't do it in


this, I absolutely couldn't. He got through it. You have both done your


Well done to them and to all of those who are still running


strongly be on the two-and-a-half hour mark. The skies had been


clearing, the clouds have been swept away and the sun is shining.


You saw a glimpse of the Red Arrows heading down the coastline as they


prepare for their display. The squadron leader has popped into the


commentary box behind us. He is the man who stands on the ground and


guides them through the display. It will be starting a very shortly


indeed. Here is Romley and Wendy. You are


partners and you run today. Yes. It is the second time for me. 1.38.


Wendy? Under 1.5 overs. That is what I am hoping for. Everybody


around seems really happy. What is unique about the Great North Run?


It is such a massive event. The support you get from beginning to


end is absolutely brilliant. have run for charities before. Not


today. No. I can't keep asking the same people but we have done a lot


in the past four charities. We are just waiting for our club-mate to


turn up. It is so busy! Impossible to see! It is great! And the sun is


coming out. I was just about to mention that. It is a great at Ms


there. I will leave you to your spotting! See you later!


I am here with Calum Best as we wait for the Red Arrows. Sophie and


Hannah had been giving you a hard time because they finished a bit


before you. They are young, beautiful women in shape so what


can I say! It was all for a good cause. That was hard work. I tell


you. But you had an injury as well. I did not prepare at all for the


London Marathon. I thought I was getting old! For this one was not


that bad until the end. Halfway through, some people were out cold


on the floor. It was pretty scary. But we made it in the end.


believe you got some grief for wearing a Newcastle shirt. I think


they weren't so happy in certain parts of town. I had to put the


name of my foundation in the pocket. Very proud to be doing it for them.


We had a great time. I don't know about next year! We will put you on


the spot. Will you do it? Definitely. Thank you forced off


It has been a very emotional day. That is one of the thing that


everybody down here watches and waits for. It won't be long... We


should get a pretty good view because the clouds have been


clearing and the sunshine bearing down on the right just, including


Ray Stubbs. You can just see him in red and white, of Gateshead


Harriers. Honorary member, bestowed on him by Brendan Foster. People


like Ray Stubbs have really added to the atmosphere. He comes back


year after year. He says his training gets worse every year and


his time gets worse every year but he enjoys it more. Slowdown more


and you will enjoy it more! It is nice to see the Gateshead Harriers


vest been carried with such aplomb. Well done, Ray Stubbs or stop Shell


we read anything into his number, 666? -- shall we read anything?


gets it every year and he doesn't Let's enjoy the Red Arrows or a


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


The superb Red Arrows continued their display on what must have


been a very difficult day for the team. Remembering Flight Lieutenant


Jon Egging, read four. A few minutes ago we saw Ray Stubbs


looking resplendent in his Gateshead Harriers vest. Wearing


666. He finished before 6pm thank goodness! Well done. Brendan says


he did not give the number to you. It is a devil of a course and he


did give me that number! I am so delighted to be here. That was the


hardest ever for May. Not enough training. I am so pleased I got


around in one piece. It would not be the same without you. You are


very kind. I am the lesson for everyone. You have to put some work


in or you struggle. But I have my guys from Gateshead Harriers who


help me around as always, the community spirit, it is a very


emotional experience. My personal worst again! By a distance. But as


the years go on, I am just happy to get around in one piece. Maybe I


should run a bit harder but maybe I would not enjoy it as much then.


you have done it spot on because you come away with so many great


memories. When it started raining, I was delighted. Brendan Foster


turns the sunshine on at the end, he has got switch in there. The


guys flew round. Yes. Some great stories as well. And three years.


Congratulations. We will see you next year. Thank you. I hope so.


I hope he picks up on the Olympic team next year and put some


training in. If you want to come and join Ray Stubbs and the


thousands of others, don't go on that website because it is the


wrong spelling but put the letter Next year should be a fantastic


I said a great summer of sport coming up and of course, the other


events we will be bringing you, it details in just a second, next year


day of our lives #. # today this could be the greatest


day of our lives #. # Estate close to me -- stay close


to me #. # Watch the world, Live tonight #.


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds


# Hold your head high. # The world starts to come alive.


# When you stay close to me. # Today could be the greatest day


of our lives. # Today this could be the greatest


# Oh, stay close to me. # A two-state close to me.


And the world comes alive. # Watch the world come alive


tonight. Well, the runners still crossing


the lines, but we are coming towards the end of our programme.


We are now going to look back to some amazing elite races from


Josh Cassidy of Canada broke away from the field in the men's


wheelchair race, and claimed his second victory here. He was a


winner in 2008. In the women's race, a terrific


performance from Shelly Woods as she it reclaimed her title, it was


her off victory here. -- 4th victory.


Lucy Kabuu produced the third fastest a winning time here at the


Great North Run. Jo Pavey was bought and Helen Clitheroe was


better for Britain. A great performance from Martin


Mathathi. He won the men's race. He announced his arrival on the world


seen by smashing the course record. Only the 7th man to run under 59


minutes. It was quite a performance, thought? Once again, as Ray Stubbs


was saying, somehow the weather has managed to remain absolutely


beautiful, despite the thunderstorm, all the rain that we had earlier.


The sun will certainly shine on many, many people, because of the


millions of pounds that have been raised at the charity's all over


the country. A very emotional day for the Red Arrows. Great to see Mo


Farah or on the start line, enjoying his time, some fantastic


performances, a course record being a set, 26,000 people have perished


so far, and the weather has been kind to them all. -- have finished.


The Red Arrows, with their own particular message, it is a


heartfelt message from them to us, and for a mast to them as well. At


the end of each Olympic Games, they used to say it was the best


Olympics above. We have had the best men's race above, the quickest


we have ever seen, the third fastest women's winner, and


certainly it is not for me to comment whether this has been


better than any other year. All we do know is that it is great. The


weather has been ideal, and with pretty 6000 plus already across the


line, -- 26,000. Many more have to negotiate the last few miles. The


Red Arrows continue to add to what has been a glorious day,


particularly down here on the coast at South Shields. Two hours and 50


since they started on the central motorway in Newcastle. And all of


them, with a sense of achievement when they get down here. Some of


them do this every year, if -- a small band have been here for 31


years. It has been a great year of running in Great Britain. Hopefully


one day we will see Mo Farah come and lead all these people to the


finish line. I think next year, it will largely depend on how things


go for him in London at the Olympics. But it has been another


fantastic year at the Great North Run, and we are all already looking


Thanks to Steve, Brendan and Paul, hundreds are still to cross the


line, but we're coming to the end of our programme. Plenty of sport


That is it, we will keep our cameras running, could -- because


there are plenty of stories still to come. But once again, it has


been such a success. Millions of pounds have been raised for good


causes, so many inspirational stories. And a great day for the


Sue Barker presents live coverage of the 31st Bupa Great North Run, the most famous half-marathon in the world. More than 50,000 runners are expected to tackle the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields.

In 2010 one of the all-time great distance runners, Haile Gebrselassie, enjoyed a memorable debut with victory in the men's race. Another Ethiopian, the former World Champion Berhane Adere, won the women's race.

For many the goal is just to complete the run, raising money for charity in the process. Among those aiming to do just that are England cricketer Graham Onions and Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton.

Download Subtitles