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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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special event because it is a historic and absolutely beautiful

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

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

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

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as a sporting event and incredibly emotional journey together, and

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

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

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

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delivers competitive racing and compelling stories. We begin our

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

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

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definitely on the cards today with the London Marathon winner,

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

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

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determined to improve on her impressive debut here three years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Phil Jones. They are not necessarily big names and

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celebrities but everyone is a winner when they crossed the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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much-loved sporting event gets under way.

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

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including the Red Arrows traditional fly-past over this

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

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on their way. It is an inspirational start to their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that forward in his name and developing key initiatives to work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Foundation is an opportunity for children with cancer to go on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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interesting to see the entire course from the viewpoint of the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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falling ground forces in Afghanistan. They are raising funds

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

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that she had cancer. She has enjoyed meeting celebrity cancer

:27:27.:27:32.

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

:27:32.:27:37.

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

:27:37.:27:47.

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

:27:47.:27:50.

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

:27:50.:27:55.

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

:27:55.:27:59.

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

:27:59.:28:05.

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

:28:05.:28:09.

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

:28:09.:28:13.

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

:28:13.:28:20.

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

:28:20.:28:30.
:28:30.:28:33.

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

:28:33.:28:39.

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

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

:28:43.:28:49.

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

:28:49.:28:59.
:28:59.:29:09.

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

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

:29:13.:29:19.

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

:29:19.:29:28.

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

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

:29:33.:29:39.

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

:29:39.:29:45.

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

:29:45.:29:55.
:29:55.:29:56.

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

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

:30:01.:30:10.

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

:30:10.:30:16.

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

:30:16.:30:20.

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

:30:20.:30:25.

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

:30:25.:30:29.

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

:30:29.:30:38.

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

:30:38.:30:47.

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

:30:47.:30:53.

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

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

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

:31:15.:31:19.

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

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

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

:31:31.:31:39.

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

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

:31:46.:31:56.
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is going to be quite emotional I think. She would be just laughing,

:31:57.:32:03.

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

:32:03.:32:09.

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

:32:10.:32:17.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:33:19.:33:23.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:34:06.:34:13.

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

:34:13.:34:21.

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

:34:21.:34:27.

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

:34:27.:34:32.

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

:34:32.:34:38.

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

:34:38.:34:44.

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

:34:44.:34:49.

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

:34:49.:34:53.

camaraderie. Calum Best was talking about the foundation you are

:34:54.:35:02.

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

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

:35:06.:35:11.

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

:35:11.:35:17.

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

:35:17.:35:22.

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

:35:22.:35:28.

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

:35:28.:35:35.

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

:35:35.:35:42.

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

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

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

:35:53.:35:56.

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

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

:36:01.:36:06.

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

:36:06.:36:09.

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

:36:09.:36:18.

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

:36:18.:36:28.
:36:28.:36:34.

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

:36:34.:36:44.

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

:36:44.:36:54.
:36:54.:37:05.

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

:37:05.:37:13.

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

:37:13.:37:17.

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

:37:17.:37:26.

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

:37:26.:37:34.

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

:37:34.:37:44.
:37:44.:37:44.

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

:37:44.:37:49.

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

:37:49.:37:54.

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

:37:54.:38:00.

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

:38:00.:38:04.

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

:38:04.:38:09.

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

:38:09.:38:15.

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

:38:15.:38:21.

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

:38:21.:38:27.

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

:38:27.:38:31.

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

:38:31.:38:36.

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

:38:36.:38:42.

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

:38:42.:38:46.

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

:38:46.:38:52.

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

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

:38:57.:39:02.

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

:39:02.:39:08.

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

:39:08.:39:14.

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

:39:14.:39:19.

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

:39:19.:39:24.

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

:39:25.:39:30.

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

:39:30.:39:35.

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

:39:35.:39:40.

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

:39:41.:39:45.

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

:39:45.:39:49.

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

:39:49.:39:56.

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

:39:56.:39:59.

ready for the first of the races. Paul Dickenson.

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Thank you very much indeed. Wonderful conditions on Tyneside.

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

:40:13.:40:18.

British record told us got world champions, Paralympic champions,

:40:18.:40:26.

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

:40:26.:40:31.

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

:40:31.:40:35.

Richard Coleman of Australia is an absolutely super competitive.

:40:35.:40:42.

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

:40:42.:40:47.

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

:40:48.:40:57.
:40:58.:41:01.

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

:41:01.:41:06.

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

:41:06.:41:12.

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

:41:12.:41:17.

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

:41:17.:41:22.

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

:41:22.:41:32.
:41:32.:41:32.

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

:41:32.:41:37.

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

:41:37.:41:44.

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

:41:44.:41:50.

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

:41:50.:41:57.

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

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

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

:42:10.:42:16.

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

:42:16.:42:26.
:42:26.:42:28.

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

:42:28.:42:33.

distinction, excelling at the London Marathon and Beijing Olympic

:42:33.:42:39.

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

:42:39.:42:46.

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

:42:46.:42:51.

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

:42:51.:42:59.

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

:42:59.:43:02.

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

:43:02.:43:07.

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

:43:07.:43:12.

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

:43:12.:43:18.

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

:43:18.:43:24.

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

:43:24.:43:30.

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

:43:30.:43:34.

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

:43:34.:43:38.

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

:43:38.:43:42.

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

:43:42.:43:47.

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

:43:47.:43:52.

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

:43:52.:43:57.

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

:43:57.:44:04.

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

:44:04.:44:11.

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

:44:11.:44:15.

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

:44:15.:44:21.

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

:44:21.:44:24.

illuminated by the inclusion of defending champion, Berhane Adere

:44:24.:44:30.

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

:44:30.:44:34.

Augusto from Portugal. We are now ready to introduce the

:44:34.:44:39.

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

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

:44:45.:44:53.

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

:44:53.:44:58.

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

:44:58.:45:03.

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

:45:03.:45:08.

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

:45:08.:45:13.

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

:45:13.:45:19.

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

:45:19.:45:25.

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

:45:25.:45:31.

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

:45:31.:45:39.

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

:45:39.:45:43.

confidence boost as she begins her marathon campaign for London and

:45:43.:45:51.

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

:45:51.:45:55.

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

:45:55.:46:00.

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

:46:00.:46:08.

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

:46:08.:46:12.

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

:46:12.:46:17.

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

:46:17.:46:22.

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

:46:22.:46:27.

where she became the Commonwealth champion over the marathon distance.

:46:27.:46:32.

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

:46:32.:46:35.

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

:46:35.:46:45.
:46:45.:46:49.

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

:46:49.:46:58.

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

:46:58.:47:08.

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

:47:08.:47:18.
:47:18.:47:20.

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

:47:20.:47:25.

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

:47:25.:47:30.

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

:47:30.:47:35.

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

:47:35.:47:40.

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

:47:40.:47:45.

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

:47:45.:47:50.

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

:47:50.:47:54.

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

:47:54.:47:58.

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

:47:58.:48:04.

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

:48:04.:48:11.

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

:48:11.:48:19.

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

:48:19.:48:23.

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

:48:23.:48:27.

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

:48:27.:48:33.

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

:48:33.:48:38.

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

:48:38.:48:44.

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

:48:44.:48:53.

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

:48:53.:49:01.

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

:49:01.:49:06.

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

:49:06.:49:14.

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

:49:14.:49:21.

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

:49:21.:49:25.

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

:49:25.:49:34.

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

:49:34.:49:43.

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

:49:43.:49:50.

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

:49:50.:49:54.

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

:49:54.:50:01.

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

:50:01.:50:05.

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

:50:05.:50:14.

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

:50:14.:50:19.

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

:50:19.:50:24.

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

:50:24.:50:29.

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

:50:29.:50:39.
:50:39.:50:48.

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

:50:48.:50:58.
:50:58.:50:59.

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

:50:59.:51:04.

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

:51:04.:51:12.

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

:51:12.:51:21.

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

:51:21.:51:24.

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

:51:24.:51:30.

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

:51:30.:51:35.

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

:51:35.:51:40.

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

:51:41.:51:50.
:51:51.:51:53.

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

:51:53.:51:58.

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

:51:58.:52:04.

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

:52:04.:52:10.

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

:52:10.:52:15.

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

:52:15.:52:19.

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

:52:19.:52:29.
:52:29.:52:34.

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

:52:35.:52:39.

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

:52:39.:52:44.

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

:52:44.:52:51.

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

:52:51.:52:59.

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

:52:59.:53:03.

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

:53:03.:53:09.

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

:53:09.:53:17.

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

:53:17.:53:26.

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

:53:26.:53:30.

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

:53:30.:53:37.

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

:53:37.:53:42.

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

:53:42.:53:52.
:53:52.:53:54.

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

:53:54.:53:59.

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

:53:59.:54:05.

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

:54:05.:54:12.

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

:54:12.:54:20.

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

:54:20.:54:23.

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

:54:24.:54:32.

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

:54:32.:54:41.

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

:54:41.:54:44.

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

:54:44.:54:54.
:54:54.:55:04.

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

:55:04.:55:11.

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

:55:11.:55:16.

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

:55:16.:55:21.

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

:55:21.:55:29.

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

:55:30.:55:35.

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

:55:35.:55:38.

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

:55:38.:55:46.

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

:55:46.:55:50.

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

:55:50.:55:56.

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

:55:56.:56:01.

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

:56:01.:56:04.

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

:56:04.:56:10.

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

:56:10.:56:20.
:56:20.:56:20.

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

:56:20.:56:26.

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

:56:26.:56:32.

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

:56:32.:56:36.

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

:56:36.:56:40.

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

:56:40.:56:46.

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

:56:46.:56:50.

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

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

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

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

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group. Being stretched now by Jessica Augusto and Barrios of

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

:57:20.:57:25.

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

:57:25.:57:28.

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

:57:28.:57:38.
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was then! They have a long way to go. A lot of exuberance at the

:57:43.:57:53.
:57:53.:57:55.

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

:57:55.:58:04.

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

:58:04.:58:09.

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

:58:09.:58:12.

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

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

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

:58:29.:58:36.

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

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

:58:43.:58:46.

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

:58:46.:58:49.

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

:58:49.:58:59.
:58:59.:59:00.

Five years ago, Rachel was diagnosed with motor neurone

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disease. She changed her perspective and now counts herself

:59:04.:59:09.

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

:59:09.:59:12.

Motor neurone disease Foundation provided invaluable support, and

:59:12.:59:19.

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

:59:19.:59:29.
:59:29.:59:30.

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

:59:30.:59:37.

is Starlight. Gillian Ferguson lost her entire

:59:37.:59:42.

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

:59:42.:59:46.

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

:59:46.:59:56.
:59:56.:00:02.

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

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

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South Shields, and there are massive crowds gathering already.

:00:12.:00:15.

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

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

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:00:32.:00:36.

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

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:00:46.:00:54.

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

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

:01:01.:01:04.

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

:01:04.:01:10.

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

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

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:01:24.:01:35.

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

:01:35.:01:40.

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

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

:01:49.:01:55.

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

:01:55.:02:01.

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

:02:01.:02:05.

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

:02:05.:02:10.

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

:02:10.:02:13.

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

:02:13.:02:23.
:02:23.:02:26.

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

:02:26.:02:33.

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

:02:33.:02:43.
:02:43.:02:49.

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

:02:49.:02:57.

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

:02:57.:03:04.

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

:03:04.:03:08.

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

:03:08.:03:14.

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

:03:14.:03:18.

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

:03:18.:03:21.

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

:03:22.:03:25.

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

:03:25.:03:31.

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

:03:31.:03:38.

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

:03:38.:03:48.
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the Three Mile split in a moment. The pace is inside 67 pace, pretty

:03:50.:03:54.

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

:03:54.:04:04.
:04:04.:04:06.

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

:04:06.:04:12.

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

:04:12.:04:17.

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

:04:17.:04:23.

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

:04:23.:04:30.

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

:04:30.:04:40.
:04:40.:04:40.

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

:04:40.:04:45.

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

:04:45.:04:55.
:04:55.:05:10.

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

:05:10.:05:20.

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

:05:20.:05:28.

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

:05:28.:05:37.

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

:05:37.:05:42.

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

:05:42.:05:46.

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

:05:46.:05:55.

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

:05:55.:06:05.
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in Newcastle, tens of thousands are lined up, ready to go in a few

:06:06.:06:15.

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

:06:15.:06:23.

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

:06:23.:06:33.
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earlier on this year, it is a very poignant day for them. Normally we

:06:35.:06:40.

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

:06:40.:06:47.

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

:06:47.:06:49.

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

:06:50.:06:57.

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

:06:57.:07:04.

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

:07:04.:07:09.

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

:07:09.:07:18.

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

:07:18.:07:28.
:07:28.:07:31.

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

:07:31.:07:38.

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

:07:38.:07:45.

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

:07:45.:07:55.
:07:55.:08:02.

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

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:08:12.:08:14.

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

:08:14.:08:18.

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

:08:18.:08:26.

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

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

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

:09:31.:09:39.

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

:09:39.:09:43.

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

:09:43.:09:51.

the world over the marathon distance, Emmanuel Mutai. The

:09:51.:09:59.

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

:09:59.:10:02.

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

:10:02.:10:11.

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

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

:10:15.:10:19.

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

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

:10:25.:10:33.

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

:10:33.:10:37.

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

:10:37.:10:47.
:10:47.:10:54.

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

:10:54.:11:04.
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champion, gets it started. Along with Emma Eggin. The miles of

:11:10.:11:14.

training, the dreams and aspirations, and so many personal

:11:14.:11:21.

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

:11:21.:11:23.

here on Tyneside, but throughout the country and throughout the

:11:23.:11:33.
:11:33.:11:37.

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

:11:37.:11:47.

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

:11:47.:11:51.

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

:11:51.:11:55.

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

:11:55.:11:59.

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

:11:59.:12:03.

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

:12:03.:12:07.

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

:12:07.:12:12.

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

:12:13.:12:22.
:12:23.:12:24.

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

:12:24.:12:30.

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

:12:30.:12:36.

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

:12:36.:12:41.

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

:12:41.:12:47.

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

:12:47.:12:51.

pint last night with one of his friends from the Sunderland

:12:51.:12:56.

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

:12:56.:13:00.

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

:13:00.:13:10.
:13:10.:13:18.

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

:13:18.:13:22.

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

:13:22.:13:26.

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

:13:26.:13:33.

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

:13:33.:13:39.

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

:13:39.:13:49.
:13:49.:13:52.

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

:13:52.:13:59.

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

:13:59.:14:05.

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

:14:05.:14:14.

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

:14:14.:14:24.
:14:24.:14:26.

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

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:14:36.:14:36.

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

:14:36.:14:46.
:14:46.:14:49.

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

:14:49.:14:59.

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

:14:59.:15:05.

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

:15:05.:15:09.

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

:15:09.:15:16.

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

:15:16.:15:26.
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too is she kept going right that. And now, Helen Kluge Row, who

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

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

:15:51.:16:01.
:16:01.:16:02.

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

:16:02.:16:12.
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Jessica Augusto. But this race is a the left here. There has been a lot

:16:24.:16:28.

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

:16:28.:16:35.

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

:16:35.:16:41.

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

:16:41.:16:45.

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

:16:45.:16:52.

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

:16:52.:16:56.

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

:16:56.:17:03.

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

:17:03.:17:06.

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

:17:07.:17:16.
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sedate start. 4.32 through their first mile. Heading over the Tyne

:17:28.:17:35.

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

:17:35.:17:39.

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

:17:39.:17:45.

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

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

:17:49.:17:55.

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

:17:55.:18:02.

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

:18:02.:18:07.

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

:18:07.:18:11.

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

:18:11.:18:21.
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the week, some of the ban has got blown off the bridge. Fortunately

:18:26.:18:30.

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

:18:30.:18:35.

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

:18:35.:18:40.

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

:18:40.:18:50.
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Here come the leading athletes, the settling down. Emmanuel Mutai, the

:19:00.:19:08.

London Marathon champion, looking relaxed there. The Kenya and

:19:08.:19:14.

present is significant, and the Kenyan talent just keeps increasing

:19:14.:19:19.

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

:19:19.:19:25.

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

:19:26.:19:28.

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

:19:29.:19:38.

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

:19:38.:19:46.

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

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:19:56.:20:00.

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

:20:00.:20:05.

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

:20:05.:20:09.

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

:20:09.:20:13.

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

:20:13.:20:22.

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

:20:22.:20:26.

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

:20:26.:20:32.

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

:20:32.:20:42.
:20:42.:20:53.

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

:20:53.:20:59.

are talking about the logistics of getting everybody across the start

:20:59.:21:04.

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

:21:04.:21:07.

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

:21:07.:21:17.
:21:17.:21:18.

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

:21:18.:21:26.

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

:21:26.:21:36.

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

:21:36.:21:40.

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

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

:22:01.:22:05.

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

:22:06.:22:11.

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

:22:12.:22:21.
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of him all the way down to South start, but in the women's race, the

:22:27.:22:33.

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

:22:33.:22:38.

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

:22:38.:22:45.

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

:22:45.:22:50.

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

:22:50.:22:56.

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

:22:56.:23:01.

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

:23:01.:23:04.

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

:23:04.:23:10.

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

:23:10.:23:15.

Japanese marathon coaches know about marathon running. She has run

:23:15.:23:18.

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

:23:18.:23:25.

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

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:23:35.:23:41.

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

:23:41.:23:45.

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

:23:45.:23:48.

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

:23:48.:23:53.

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

:23:53.:23:58.

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

:23:58.:24:08.
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three or four minutes quicker than the very first finisher in this

:24:17.:24:24.

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

:24:24.:24:30.

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

:24:30.:24:35.

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

:24:35.:24:39.

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

:24:39.:24:47.

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

:24:47.:24:51.

year. Certainly establishing himself as one of the premiere

:24:52.:24:58.

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

:24:58.:25:08.

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

:25:08.:25:13.

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

:25:13.:25:23.
:25:23.:25:24.

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

:25:24.:25:34.
:25:34.:25:54.

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

:25:54.:26:01.

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

:26:01.:26:10.

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

:26:10.:26:20.
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longer this day goes on, do more packed the finish becomes. It has

:26:27.:26:30.

just been getting further and further sense around 8am this

:26:30.:26:40.
:26:40.:26:50.

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

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

:27:07.:27:15.

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

:27:15.:27:21.

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

:27:21.:27:28.

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

:27:28.:27:34.

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

:27:34.:27:44.
:27:44.:28:10.

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

:28:10.:28:14.

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

:28:14.:28:19.

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

:28:19.:28:25.

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

:28:25.:28:30.

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

:28:30.:28:34.

you look at Emmanuel Mutai, fantastic performance in the London

:28:34.:28:38.

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

:28:38.:28:42.

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

:28:42.:28:52.
:28:52.:28:55.

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

:28:55.:29:05.
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and there is nothing to see. She is so far ahead, she has just run

:29:09.:29:18.

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

:29:18.:29:23.

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

:29:23.:29:27.

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

:29:27.:29:32.

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

:29:32.:29:35.

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

:29:35.:29:39.

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

:29:39.:29:46.

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

:29:46.:29:56.

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

:29:56.:30:01.

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

:30:01.:30:05.

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

:30:05.:30:15.
:30:15.:30:18.

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

:30:18.:30:22.

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

:30:22.:30:30.

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

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

:30:35.:30:41.

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

:30:41.:30:47.

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

:30:47.:30:51.

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

:30:51.:30:57.

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

:30:57.:31:02.

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

:31:02.:31:12.
:31:12.:31:22.

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

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

:31:42.:31:46.

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

:31:46.:31:49.

Helen Clitheroe running together, and running strongly, and working

:31:49.:31:53.

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

:31:53.:31:58.

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

:31:58.:32:02.

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

:32:02.:32:12.
:32:12.:32:13.

Clitheroe. Winning the wheelchair race once again, defending her

:32:13.:32:18.

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

:32:18.:32:28.
:32:28.:32:58.

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

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

:33:02.:33:08.

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

:33:08.:33:14.

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

:33:14.:33:20.

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

:33:21.:33:25.

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

:33:25.:33:28.

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

:33:28.:33:38.
:33:38.:33:42.

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

:33:42.:33:48.

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

:33:48.:33:52.

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

:33:52.:34:02.
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got three Kenyans leading in the men's race. Here they are. These

:34:13.:34:20.

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

:34:20.:34:28.

it is not that fast, just looking at the splits. Nothing special has

:34:28.:34:38.
:34:38.:34:41.

happened. I'm really surprised that at this early stage, Emmanuel Mutai

:34:41.:34:47.

is struggling to keep up. But these three look comfortable, you would

:34:47.:34:54.

have expected Emmanuel Mutai to be with them. You would not give

:34:54.:34:57.

athletes like these so much of a lead if you were in control of

:34:57.:35:07.
:35:07.:35:28.

things. Because these are good with the Great North Run, but the

:35:28.:35:31.

appearance of the Red Arrows cost an equally special to the event.

:35:31.:35:41.
:35:41.:35:41.

And of course this year there was added significance. Flight

:35:41.:35:45.

Lieutenant Jon Egging was sadly killed, and this fly-past in

:35:45.:35:50.

particular will be of particular significance, as one of them will

:35:50.:35:53.

peel off, to indicate the missing peel off, to indicate the missing

:35:53.:36:03.
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The fly past, in memory of Red 4. We wish his widow, who's here today,

:36:20.:36:24.

all the best. The Red Arrows have added so much to this event over

:36:24.:36:30.

the years. I'm sure their presence here is greatly appreciated at the

:36:30.:36:35.

most difficult of times for them. They will be performing their full

:36:35.:36:41.

display down at South Shields for all of these athletes later on.

:36:41.:36:51.
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Let's hope conditions stay fair for that. So, our first big break in

:36:52.:36:57.

the men's race. There had been suggestions that this guy could go

:36:57.:37:01.

well today, and indeed, Jonathan Maiyo is putting in a bit of a

:37:01.:37:11.
:37:11.:37:28.

Maiyo was going to go well today, but I don't think anybody expected

:37:28.:37:38.
:37:38.:37:52.

him to try to run away from such a Jonathan Maiyo has never been in a

:37:52.:38:00.

position like this before. On their way to their halfway point, and we

:38:00.:38:10.
:38:10.:38:12.

have got a race on in the men's race now. Commonwealth champion

:38:12.:38:16.

John Kelai here. You say, world champion, and you would assume that

:38:16.:38:21.

is an indicator of how good you are. But the conditions in Delhi were so

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tough that it is a certain type of runner which tends to win in such

:38:25.:38:29.

conditions. It does not necessarily translate into quick times in races

:38:29.:38:36.

like this. But nonetheless, he's a very good athlete. It was a

:38:36.:38:41.

remarkable performance in Delhi, and you're absolutely right,

:38:41.:38:43.

different at leads for different courses and different climates.

:38:43.:38:49.

That day in Delhi, he would have taken some beating by anyone. It

:38:49.:38:59.
:38:59.:39:17.

was a real test of endurance. Just which has seen so many great

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African runners come on to the world circuit, including Haile

:39:20.:39:27.

Gebrselassie. You can see Gebrselassie, as well as Paula

:39:27.:39:36.

Radcliffe, on the BBC, in the Birmingham marathon. Still early

:39:36.:39:45.

stages, there has been a bit of a surge, but Martin Mathathi is not

:39:45.:39:50.

letting him get to far away. Keeping him within his sights,

:39:50.:39:56.

trying to make sure the gap does not get too big. If he starts to

:39:56.:40:00.

falter later on, he will be close enough to religion. It is not a

:40:00.:40:10.
:40:10.:40:43.

particularly significant lead just Micah Kogo. And in the green,

:40:43.:40:53.
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road which I know pretty well. Not too far away from the Robin Hood

:41:05.:41:10.

pub. I know over the years that has welcomed one or two Great North Run

:41:10.:41:17.

as! I reckon you could name them! It is always nice to have somewhere

:41:17.:41:22.

to stop off you're in need of some sustenance. But not needing any

:41:22.:41:32.
:41:32.:41:35.

sustenance at the minute, Lucy Kabuu is still going really well.

:41:35.:41:39.

She's heading for a time of well under 67 minutes. It just depends

:41:39.:41:43.

how well she finishes. It is quite a tough finish for the elite

:41:43.:41:46.

athletes, with a bit of an increase over the next mile or so, before

:41:47.:41:50.

they drop down to the seafront, and then there is another rise before

:41:50.:41:54.

we really have the last three- quarters of a mile down to the

:41:54.:42:00.

finish line. But she's still running strong, she has got a big

:42:00.:42:07.

lead of a minute and a half. Jo Pavey and Helen Clitheroe

:42:07.:42:10.

contesting fourth at the moment, one over two minutes behind our

:42:10.:42:14.

leader here. But even that would bring them under 70 minutes, which

:42:14.:42:24.
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I'm sure they would be happy with. But what about Kabuu here, Brandon?

:42:25.:42:32.

So far, it is indicating a really good time. She still looks

:42:32.:42:39.

comfortable and strong. We have heard that she has spent time

:42:39.:42:43.

training with Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot. You cannot get a better

:42:43.:42:46.

training group than that. They probably knew something that we

:42:46.:42:50.

didn't know, that this was a pretty outstanding athlete. We knew she

:42:50.:42:53.

was pretty good, we did not realise she was this good. She has taken

:42:53.:42:58.

the field by storm. She's now in the area and as she has got to try

:42:58.:43:05.

to hang on to this. She has got 55 minutes of running behind her.

:43:05.:43:10.

Approx 10-12 minutes of running left. When you have trained as much

:43:10.:43:13.

as she has, and been competitive as much as she has over the shorter

:43:13.:43:17.

distance, once she gets on to the seafront, then I think there will

:43:17.:43:22.

be a real competition. But here, Helen Clitheroe going really well,

:43:22.:43:32.
:43:32.:43:34.

Jo Pavey hanging on to Helen Clitheroe. Going past Berhane Adere.

:43:34.:43:44.
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They have got some company. Jo Pavey just starting to push on. Jo

:43:46.:43:53.

and Helen are still heading for something possibly under 70 minutes.

:43:53.:43:57.

I'm pretty sure if they were to maintain this sort of pace, they

:43:57.:44:01.

would be reasonably happy. Particularly Helen. Jo might want

:44:01.:44:06.

to go a bit quicker, but it depends how she finishes this off. She's

:44:06.:44:14.

heading the Skrtel group, which means she's in fourth place.

:44:14.:44:24.
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They're well over two minutes gather. This is the third place

:44:49.:44:59.
:44:59.:45:00.

runner. She looks as though she's nice and relaxed. She's probably

:45:00.:45:10.
:45:10.:45:25.

about 80 metres ahead of fourth run from Jessica Augusto. It has

:45:25.:45:29.

been a difficult year for her. Her father died in May. She has got his

:45:29.:45:33.

name tattooed on the inside of her arm, and she will be thinking about

:45:33.:45:37.

him. It was a bit of a shock to the whole family. But Jessica Augusto

:45:37.:45:42.

has had a pretty good summer, despite that. I thought she had a

:45:42.:45:46.

pretty good chance today, but that was without reckoning for this

:45:46.:45:53.

young lady here, Lucy Kabuu. She has just done a 5.15. And that is a

:45:53.:45:56.

difficult part of the course as well. So she's still maintaining

:45:56.:46:00.

good pace. BRENDAN FOSTER: The only athlete we

:46:00.:46:04.

have seen go anywhere near as quick as this on this course was Paula

:46:04.:46:09.

Radcliffe, when she did the fastest time, 65 minutes. And at the moment,

:46:09.:46:19.
:46:19.:46:20.

Lucy Kabuu is going just one minute slower than that pace. So, we have

:46:20.:46:30.
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another Kenyan athlete thrust of so far by Jessica Augusto. Helen

:46:41.:46:46.

Clitheroe is running really well. Lucy Kabuu, just having a look

:46:46.:46:51.

around, nothing really to see. She has a big lead over Jessica Augusto.

:46:51.:46:55.

Even if she is feeling tired, she should be able to maintain this

:46:55.:47:04.

tour the finish. -- until the finish. Her coach will be delighted

:47:04.:47:08.

with the way she is going. He has been part of the team around Mo

:47:08.:47:16.

Farah. Just looking a little bit tired, it is a kind of undulating

:47:16.:47:21.

section this. When you are tired, they are not be killed, but enough

:47:21.:47:27.

just to test you. -- they're not big hills. Maybe just feeling that

:47:27.:47:33.

a little bit. I mentioned Mo Farah, he is still there, shaking hands at

:47:33.:47:40.

the start. He has been shaking hands for 36 minutes! He doesn't

:47:40.:47:50.
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run that much! Look at that, he is still getting... He has still got a

:47:51.:47:56.

great attitude, still smiling and cheering. They know what he went

:47:56.:47:59.

through to win those medals, because they have gone through

:47:59.:48:02.

similar training and preparation for a big event. He came out with a

:48:02.:48:09.

gold medal, which was wonderful to see, and a silver medal to beat. A

:48:09.:48:14.

very modest young man. And there, another athlete on her way to an

:48:14.:48:20.

outstanding performance. Lucy Kabuu, she will see the sea ahead of her,

:48:20.:48:27.

hitting the Twelve Mile Point. The crowd will be so enthusiastic. She

:48:27.:48:31.

will really appreciate that. She comes around the corner. This, they

:48:31.:48:36.

tell you, is the longest mile in distance running. It is actually

:48:36.:48:42.

just over a mile! You can see the big screen, you can see the crowds,

:48:42.:48:47.

as you work along the seafront. But it never get closer, it is the long

:48:47.:48:52.

one, the tough one, you have to keep working at it. Lucy Kabuu of

:48:52.:48:56.

Kenya, the Commonwealth 10,000 metres champion, is now within

:48:56.:49:04.

sight of the finish. Well, if she can just maintain some sort of form

:49:04.:49:10.

over this last mile or so, she is certainly going to put us off in

:49:10.:49:15.

the top 10 ever half marathon runners in the world. -- put

:49:15.:49:25.
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herself. She is heading for a time that is certainly going to be very,

:49:29.:49:37.

very impressive indeed. She has just run a 5.17 Mile, the slowest

:49:37.:49:43.

mile she has run since the 4th mile. So she is getting tired, but if she

:49:43.:49:48.

can just raised her game, she still could run under 67 minutes, and

:49:48.:49:54.

that would be very impressive indeed. So Lucy Kabuu, with the

:49:54.:49:59.

road all to herself, nobody else in sight. Into the last three-quarters

:49:59.:50:04.

of a mile. From where she is, she cannot see the finish, because

:50:04.:50:08.

there is a bit over rise and she has to come over, then she will see

:50:08.:50:12.

the long, long finishing straight, where the crowds are gathered,

:50:12.:50:19.

waiting to welcome her. Another look behind. She must be tired.

:50:19.:50:27.

Nothing would have changed since the last time she looked! Certainly,

:50:27.:50:30.

the victory is hers, it is a question of how fast she can run

:50:30.:50:40.
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in the 10,000 metres, she has had time out since the 2006, to start a

:50:47.:50:52.

family, not everybody manages to come back to that sort of level. So

:50:52.:50:58.

this is a very impressive run. impressive. We know that Paula

:50:58.:51:05.

Radcliffe run fast around this course, 65 minutes, this could be

:51:05.:51:11.

the second fastest time ever run on this course. If there is only Paula

:51:11.:51:15.

Radcliffe at her very best running faster than that, then it is very

:51:15.:51:21.

impressive. Jessica Augusto, who won its two years ago, in second

:51:21.:51:25.

place, running a strong race. Running fast enough to have won

:51:25.:51:30.

this race on many occasions. But here, Lucy Kabuu of Kenya, within

:51:30.:51:35.

the last kilometre now, she has the long finishing straight ahead. She

:51:35.:51:40.

has to keep to her task, working hard at it. She will enjoy their

:51:40.:51:50.
:51:50.:51:55.

victory. She is certainly going to turning on to the seafront, it has

:51:55.:52:03.

been a good run, she is not far behind Jo Pavey. The gap is only

:52:03.:52:09.

about four or five seconds. Jo Pavey has pushed on, and if nothing

:52:09.:52:14.

else, she will be the first Brit to cross the line here. Having to work

:52:14.:52:17.

hard, she knows this stretch of course well. She ran yesterday, as

:52:17.:52:21.

well, so a good performance from her. The Times have been slipping a

:52:21.:52:31.
:52:31.:52:32.

little bit. Our Leader is going to be close to the 66 minutes mark. It

:52:32.:52:36.

would be a solid run from Jo Pavey, and a pretty impressive one from

:52:36.:52:39.

Helen Clitheroe, were they to maintain this through to the finish,

:52:40.:52:44.

which they should do. Helen now, competing longer than she ever has

:52:44.:52:49.

before. She has Jo Pavey, the first Briton, in her side, I just wonder

:52:49.:52:57.

if she can edge ahead of Jo Pavey. And here comes the long-time leader,

:52:57.:53:02.

in many ways, the surprise leader, but the biggest surprise is the

:53:02.:53:07.

margin of her victory. She is less than 400 metres away. Lucy Kabuu of

:53:07.:53:12.

Kenya. Her best performance to date was to win the 10,000 metres

:53:13.:53:18.

Commonwealth Games in 2006. Today is certainly her best performance

:53:18.:53:21.

since then. When you look at the time that the Attlee to behind her,

:53:22.:53:27.

just over 66 minutes, she is approaching the end, this is a

:53:27.:53:33.

really good performance from her, a big surprise to us all. A bigger

:53:33.:53:38.

surprise that she has won it in such style. She is mustering a

:53:38.:53:44.

little bit extra at the end, which might bring her closer to that 67

:53:44.:53:49.

minutes. Only nine women have ever run under that time for the half

:53:49.:53:54.

marathon. The former Commonwealth champion from Kenya, who has moved

:53:54.:53:58.

back home in recent times, and that has certainly paid off. This has

:53:58.:54:04.

been a stellar performance. Nobody inside, nobody anywhere near her,

:54:04.:54:10.

she threw in some really quick miles in the middle of the race, a

:54:10.:54:17.

very impressive run. Just watch the clock. Just over 67, but none the

:54:17.:54:21.

less, a superb win for Lucy Kabuu of Kenya. One of the best half

:54:21.:54:26.

marathons we have seen, not only here on Tyneside, in the Great

:54:26.:54:32.

North Run, but ever, in the world. And she looks back, to see a clear

:54:32.:54:38.

road behind her. It is a long time before we will see Jessica Augusto,

:54:38.:54:45.

who was hanging on to second place. Just let it slip away, the last

:54:45.:54:51.

mile and a half in terms of running under 67 minutes. We will get the

:54:52.:54:59.

official time soon. A solid run again from Jessica Augusto. Could

:54:59.:55:07.

do anything about the winner, Lucy Kabuu. -- couldn't do anything.

:55:07.:55:11.

went to the world championships, ran well in the 10,000 metres, has

:55:11.:55:15.

run exceptionally well again today. But she found an athlete, and I bet

:55:15.:55:20.

she is as surprised as we are by the margin of victory, and the way

:55:20.:55:24.

the victory was achieved. But this is a good performance by Jessica

:55:24.:55:34.
:55:34.:55:47.

Augusto, always runs well when she front of her home crowd in 2010, in

:55:48.:55:53.

Portugal. And accepting the congratulations of the big crowd

:55:53.:55:56.

gathered here in South Shields, she is enjoying this at finishing

:55:57.:56:01.

straight, almost as if she had won it. I think she will be pretty

:56:01.:56:07.

pleased with his performance. -- this performance. This, another

:56:07.:56:14.

good performance on the roads from her. It is going to be outside 69

:56:14.:56:20.

minutes. Not too far off her personal best. The way she is

:56:21.:56:26.

running, she looks so relaxed, and enjoying this, I'm sure it in a

:56:26.:56:33.

race where she really prepares for it, without having a major track

:56:33.:56:43.
:56:43.:56:46.

championships for -- beforehand, while to offer her congratulations.

:56:46.:56:52.

And that can a testimony to how well she ran. We are watching the

:56:53.:56:57.

clock ticking away, it is going to go beyond a 70 minutes before we

:56:57.:57:07.
:57:07.:57:07.

see Jo Pavey. There she is. I think I can see barriers ahead of her, in

:57:07.:57:14.

third place. Helen Clitheroe in 5th at the moment. They have also

:57:14.:57:19.

slowed, really. When Lucy Kabuu put that pace in, some of them tried to

:57:19.:57:27.

go with it for a little while, but Barrios has done well to hang on to

:57:27.:57:32.

third. Jo Pavey and Helen Clitheroe have made inroads, but left it a

:57:32.:57:42.

bit too late to catch up. Just over 70 minutes, in third place. Here

:57:42.:57:50.

comes Jo Pavey, for a good return to formal. -- to form. A hard-

:57:50.:57:53.

working performance from Jo Pavey, who will now head off to New York

:57:53.:58:01.

to run the marathon. And a great debut behind her for Helen

:58:01.:58:09.

Clitheroe. I think she has a chance to run an outstanding road race,

:58:09.:58:14.

and more half marathons. A good debut, beating the Commonwealth

:58:14.:58:18.

marathon champion, Jerotich, just crossing the line behind the two

:58:18.:58:28.
:58:28.:58:34.

Helen Clitheroe. Let's not forget she completed the 5000 metres in

:58:34.:58:38.

Daegu. Perhaps she will have time to put her feet up a little bit and

:58:38.:58:48.
:58:48.:58:50.

good performance, we are seeing a pretty special run in the men's

:58:50.:58:57.

race as well. The last time we looked, at the rate -- lead was

:58:58.:59:07.
:59:08.:59:08.

held by Jonathan Maiyo, but now, the paste is pretty quick. This man

:59:08.:59:17.

here has continued that. And fresh from... Not everybody was fresh

:59:17.:59:21.

from Daegu, but certainly his performance was good, outside other

:59:21.:59:31.
:59:31.:59:32.

medals, but a good run. Now he has pushed on. As suggested, I said

:59:33.:59:39.

earlier on that Emmanuel Mutai would keep plugging away, we will

:59:39.:59:45.

try find out what happened to Jonathan Meyer, but Emmanuel Mutai,

:59:45.:59:49.

just sticking to his task. The pace has been pretty quick at the front,

:59:49.:59:55.

they're not far away from the course record. This would be

:59:55.:00:03.

remarkable. They are edging closer to it. So this is something we are

:00:03.:00:09.

going to keep an eye on. That course record of 59.05 is pretty

:00:09.:00:17.

special. The leader looks nice and comfortable, nice and balanced,

:00:17.:00:23.

nice and relaxed. This place is one which is giving us quite a quick

:00:23.:00:29.

race -- this pace. Looking over his shoulder, looking down the road,

:00:29.:00:37.

the early leader looks to be in second place, Jonathan Maiyo. He is

:00:37.:00:45.

now coming back strongly. He looks relaxed, he looks comfortable. He

:00:45.:00:54.

is only for microsecond a slower, the course record was the fastest

:00:54.:01:01.

half-marathon in the world at the time. He was the 5th in the world

:01:01.:01:05.

championships, he had a couple of weeks to get ready, he takes on a

:01:05.:01:09.

very strong field, and then, he seems to have an attack but

:01:09.:01:14.

Jonathan Maiyo, which got them going. He is looking really relaxed

:01:14.:01:22.

now. I just hope somebody get the information to him. When they

:01:22.:01:25.

travel around the world, their management teams Cumwhitton,

:01:25.:01:30.

hopefully he will get to know that he only has to run hard along the

:01:30.:01:33.

seafront to record one of the fastest times, and could be the

:01:33.:01:43.
:01:43.:01:45.

for setting up this farce second half of the race and he still going

:01:45.:01:54.

well in second place. Bigger because their leader, Martin

:01:54.:02:04.
:02:04.:02:17.

Mathathi, is moving so well -- they and used to train with a Lucy Kabuu

:02:17.:02:22.

so the two of them may well be having a joint celebration.

:02:22.:02:29.

Headings perhaps for a double victory. There is no chance of his

:02:29.:02:34.

lead disappearing. The only question now is how fast can Martin

:02:34.:02:39.

Mathathi go. If you look at his pedigree, he can go fast. He has

:02:39.:02:44.

already run 13 minutes and three seconds of 500 metres, so the

:02:44.:02:49.

pedigree that he brings for this event, bronze medal in the world

:02:49.:02:52.

championships in 2007, so he has the youth of distance running

:02:52.:02:58.

behind him and this year he ran well in the world championships. He

:02:58.:03:05.

finished 5th when Mo Farah got the silver-medal. In the mix was this

:03:05.:03:09.

man and he looks like a track runner now to me. He looks more

:03:09.:03:14.

relaxed of the further he goes. He is up bright and erect in his past

:03:14.:03:19.

year. Relaxing down the road. The gap is getting bigger. His legs are

:03:20.:03:25.

starting to move quicker. If he sees that time at 12 miles and

:03:25.:03:32.

understands, could he go up for the course record? I think that

:03:32.:03:36.

particular mile between 11 and 12 is the crucial one. That is where

:03:36.:03:41.

we saw Lucy Kabuu come off the pace a bit because it is a bit

:03:41.:03:49.

undulating. Tadesse ran for 0.45 in that my when he broke the record. -

:03:49.:03:56.

- To Dessie ran the four minutes and 45 through that when he broke

:03:56.:04:04.

the record. When it is the 11th and 12th mile, the undulations can take

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that little bit extra out of you and even if the downhill section is

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heavy on the quads. It is so steep coming down to the seafront. With

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tired legs, that Ken hurt. When you look at the map, it looks like a

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good bit but we know it is not a good bit. It doesn't half take it

:04:27.:04:32.

out of your legs. As he relaxes down the hill, you will see their 3

:04:32.:04:39.

ahead of him. Then he will start to get the support. -- he will see the

:04:39.:04:43.

sea ahead of them. Martin Mathathi of Kenya is the long wait leader

:04:43.:04:52.

now. The longer smile is ahead of them. The Twelve Mile marker... If

:04:52.:05:00.

he passes it, there it is. 54.1 would be the course record so he

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has caught up five or six seconds in that mile, so I think that is

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significant. It is not windy to be honest on the seafront but the

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bikes are helping him. He has something to latch onto. If he

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could finish with a big last mile, we could be seeing a new course

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medal. I thought you were saying he would use the bike! Then he would

:05:25.:05:35.
:05:35.:05:36.

get it, or wooden tea! The official time I am being told was 53.51 --

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then he would get it, wouldn't he! You can see how well he was moving.

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If he keeps this pays going, we are under 59 minutes. He is looking

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over his shoulder. Look at the splits. They are impressive in

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themselves. His long stride, his beautiful action. Maybe he is using

:06:05.:06:10.

the bike as a pacemaker but that is good enough. The crowd is getting

:06:10.:06:15.

ready. The information being relayed to them. I hope he is the

:06:15.:06:18.

information that he is on schedule on a path is ever Great North Run,

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the fastest man ever to come and win here -- he is on schedule to be

:06:27.:06:30.

the fastest ever Great North Run. His name could be at the top of the

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:06:40.:06:40.

lift. He has got a nice run down to the finish. Even the tiredness that

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undoubtedly is sitting within his legs... He does not have to force

:06:47.:06:51.

themselves a. If he can stay relaxed and pick something up in

:06:51.:06:56.

the last few hundred metres. He is looking at his watch. I would make

:06:56.:07:01.

it a three seconds inside the course record. He has to keep going.

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He has to keep pushing. I don't know if he knows the course record.

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Not all athletes are as full as the statistics as we are but he is

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running a superb run and one of the quickest times, heading perhaps for

:07:16.:07:20.

the quick as when we have seen in the Great North Run. As he is going

:07:20.:07:27.

quicker, he looks more comfortable. He is stretching out. Well inside

:07:27.:07:31.

of the finish. He will get a real boost in a couple of hundred metres

:07:31.:07:35.

when he was the everybody lining the course but Martin Mathathi of

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Kenya, that is what will greet him in a few moments time. Just under

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57 minutes behind him, only a couple of minutes ahead of him.

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Could it be under 59 minutes? Looking over his shoulder for no

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real reason because nothing is going to affect him in terms of

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this performance but Martin Mathathi of Kenya, bronze medallist

:08:02.:08:05.

in the world championships, good track credentials, and he looks

:08:05.:08:10.

like a good track runner. He looked so relaxed there, passing some of

:08:10.:08:14.

the women athletes who set off a few minutes before him, and here he

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comes, looking at his watch. That will tell him. He has been running

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for 57 1/2 minutes! It won't tell him how far he has got to go! The

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welcome sign now, before hundred metres point. The cyclists are

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pedalling faster so he is clearly going faster. We are watching

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something special from Martin Mathathi. The quickest time in the

:08:41.:08:51.
:08:51.:08:52.

world ever is 58.23. He will not be inside that. 58. but then after

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that, another men have gone under 59 minutes and I think that will be

:08:57.:09:03.

close for him. If he can just find something a little bit special.

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59.05, the course record, held by Tadesse, if he can... He is just

:09:10.:09:14.

check-in which lane to go. If he does not want to waste any more

:09:14.:09:18.

time. Martin Mathathi, perhaps the biggest win of his career, the best

:09:18.:09:25.

run of his career, he checks his watch once more... He is sprinting

:09:25.:09:29.

down the last 150 yards! Heading for one of the quickest half

:09:29.:09:34.

marathons of all time! Will it break a course record? You can see

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the finished. He can see the clock ticking. That victory is his. Now

:09:39.:09:45.

it is just a question of that time. Martin Mathathi! Sprinting to the

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line! Wins the Great North Run inside the course record! The first

:09:54.:10:00.

time we have ever seen anybody run inside 59 minutes! It will move him

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into the top six all time for the half-marathon. And he's still looks

:10:04.:10:13.

as fresh as a daisy. What a good performance in second place,

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Jonathan Maiyo. A huge personal best for him. We will get the

:10:21.:10:28.

official times for you as soon as we can. And Emmanuel Mutai, the

:10:28.:10:33.

pre-race favourite, will be taking third spot. A pretty good

:10:33.:10:41.

performance from him as well. He is trying to get under the hour mark.

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He just manages it and takes third spot. Kogo from Kenya will come in

:10:48.:10:56.

fourth. Then there is a pretty big gap I think to the 5th athlete.

:10:56.:11:06.
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What it raised from the winner. -- what a race. We have had a hugely

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impressive performances from Lucy Kabuu and Martin Mathathi. Maybe he

:11:10.:11:18.

will go and shake the hand of Jonathan Maiyo because he is the

:11:18.:11:25.

one that changed the pace and then he picked it up after that. But

:11:25.:11:30.

then of course man one macro just got quicker and quicker. To go from

:11:31.:11:35.

20 seconds outside the record with five miles to go to go inside 10

:11:35.:11:41.

seconds inside the record is a very impressive finish. This is a race

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where the pace was building all the time. One of the French athletes is

:11:49.:11:56.

just coming through now. A very good time. That is Abdellatif

:11:56.:12:05.

Meftah. That is a really good performance by him. It has been a

:12:05.:12:10.

tough day for Joauad Gharib, getting on of, 39 years of age,

:12:10.:12:19.

two-time world champion. -- getting on a bit. But still running a

:12:19.:12:28.

fairly swift 61 1/2. Six crossed the line. Quite a while before we

:12:28.:12:33.

might get the 7th runner. Still coming to terms with that

:12:33.:12:38.

performance. We will get the official time as soon as we can. It

:12:38.:12:46.

was around 58.55. That is important. It is very tight on the all-time

:12:46.:12:56.
:12:56.:12:56.

He joins a great long list of Faber's athletes who have won this,

:12:56.:13:02.

Haile Gebrselassie of course, perhaps one of the most famous --

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long list of fabulous athletes. Back to the early days of Mike

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McLeod, of course, who won the very first one. That is the best we have

:13:13.:13:23.
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The sea is very calm at South Shields thank goodness. This means

:13:26.:13:32.

we have had really nice conditions. That is why we have had fast times.

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Let's hope the thousands of others can produce some personal bests as

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TANNOY: Lucy Kabuu of Kenya. the winner of the men's race,

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Martin Mathathi. That is a run he will perhaps remember for the rest

:13:57.:14:01.

of his life. That is certainly the best performance he has ever

:14:01.:14:08.

produced. Who knows what sort of career beckons for him? Going up to

:14:09.:14:12.

the marathon, it is a very lucrative move to make. On the

:14:12.:14:16.

basis of what we have seen, he should not wait too long before he

:14:16.:14:26.
:14:26.:14:31.

There are the scenes at the finish line. It won't be long before they

:14:31.:14:34.

was switched the lanes across to the finish on the left-hand side,

:14:34.:14:38.

where the masses will finish, and all of the hundreds of volunteers

:14:38.:14:43.

and bottles of water waiting for them and the space blankets and

:14:43.:14:53.
:14:53.:15:01.

everything else that greets them at good elite races. Lucy Kabuu's time

:15:01.:15:11.
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it took everybody by surprise, What a stunning performance in the

:15:11.:15:17.

women's elite race. Lucy Kabuu, well done. Were you expecting this

:15:17.:15:27.
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today was mad yes. -- today? Yes. I expected it. You have been in Japan

:15:27.:15:32.

for a while and have gone back to Kenya. Tell me about the change.

:15:32.:15:40.

was staying in Japan. I decided to go to Kenya to train in Kenya. So I

:15:40.:15:48.

could stay with my family. Happy. My manager has supported me well

:15:48.:15:53.

and also my husband and my family have supported me well. That is why

:15:53.:16:01.

I made it today. It was your man Agee, Ricky, who told us this is

:16:01.:16:05.

just your second race back after having your baby -- your manager of.

:16:05.:16:15.
:16:15.:16:18.

Angel, it is my first race from... From when I take my child, Angels.

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In the north-east there is an angel of the North statue. Have you heard

:16:21.:16:28.

of that? No. The it is a huge statue as you drive into the north-

:16:28.:16:34.

east. Why did you call your daughter Angel? I was happy to have

:16:34.:16:44.
:16:44.:16:51.

a baby girl and I decided to call Because always when I am doing my

:16:51.:16:57.

things, I always think I have angels guiding me. That's why I

:16:57.:17:03.

called my baby Angel. That's a wonderful reason. This was the

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third fastest winning time ever in the women's race - were you aware

:17:07.:17:17.
:17:17.:17:20.

of how fast you were going? Yes, as I was training with the number two

:17:20.:17:23.

in the World Championship, I was expecting to do a good time today.

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You did that, and you entertained the huge crowd. We look forward to

:17:28.:17:38.
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seeing you again at the Great North STEVE CRAM: It is really

:17:39.:17:43.

interesting, another athlete making moves. Mo Farah was talking about

:17:43.:17:47.

doing what you have to do to get the best out of yourself, find the

:17:47.:17:56.

right training environment, etc. It certainly paid off for Lucy Kabuu,

:17:56.:18:00.

moving back to Ken year macro. We have still got some of the better

:18:00.:18:10.
:18:10.:18:35.

male athletes moving across the You can just see in the background

:18:35.:18:39.

of clouds gathering a bit. But the sun is pretty much shining down

:18:39.:18:47.

here at South Shields. There's a few people out in T-shirts. It is a

:18:47.:18:51.

really nice day, almost perfect conditions. Everybody will be

:18:51.:18:55.

looking out for their loved ones, and those who they have come to

:18:55.:19:05.
:19:05.:19:06.

cheer. Always massive crowds here at South Shields, one of the big

:19:06.:19:10.

days out up in the north-east. So many watching on the route all the

:19:10.:19:20.

way down as well. We can see that you're running from Irene. Who was

:19:20.:19:25.

she? She was my sister-in-law, who passed away recently with motor

:19:25.:19:32.

neurone disease. How many times have you been here? This is my 20th

:19:32.:19:42.
:19:42.:19:47.

consecutive time here, but I'm only PAUL DICKENSON: Certainly, the

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finish has been filling up over since about 8 o'clock this morning.

:19:54.:20:04.

And so on, this area will be packed full of the masses, and the finish

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director and his team have been directing operations down here at

:20:08.:20:09.

directing operations down here at directing operations down here at

:20:09.:20:15.

South Shields. Earlier, the first finisher we saw this morning was

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the Canadian George Cassidy, just outside the course record, held by

:20:20.:20:25.

Kenny Toal of Great Britain. Coming in second in the wheelchair race

:20:25.:20:29.

was Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging. And it was a surprise third place

:20:29.:20:34.

finisher, the Swedish athlete. finisher, the Swedish athlete.

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George Cassidy spoke to Sue Barker. Congratulations, what a time.

:20:38.:20:44.

you, it was a tough race. It looked fairly comfortable. This was pretty

:20:44.:20:49.

tough. Are was on my own the whole way, but the guys were on my back.

:20:49.:20:53.

It is the first race, but he is not easy. Was that the kind of time

:20:53.:21:00.

that you had in mind? I was just trying to give it everything I had.

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The wind was quite favourable, but it was hard work. You said you

:21:06.:21:10.

bitter had a bit of a problem with your shoulder. Yes, and I had food

:21:10.:21:15.

poisoning a couple of which go. To bounce back like this is really

:21:15.:21:20.

great. You have won here before, it is a pretty special place, isn't

:21:20.:21:30.

it? Yes, coming to Newcastle has been good for me, I had the Tyne

:21:30.:21:35.

Tunnel race a couple of days ago as well. What next? Just a couple of

:21:35.:21:39.

days off, then preparation for the New York marathon in November. That

:21:39.:21:49.
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of Kenny Toal, when he comes back. The winner of the women's

:21:55.:22:00.

wheelchair race, Shelly Woods. Just 20 seconds outside of the course

:22:00.:22:06.

record, which is held by the athlete who came in second, the

:22:06.:22:09.

American athlete Amanda McGrory. And one of the most prolific

:22:09.:22:16.

wheelchair racers in the world, Francesca Portcelato, came in third.

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Congratulations, Shelly Woods - how many times have you won this?

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think three. I have done it seven times. It is a good day. You're

:22:28.:22:34.

hardly a veteran. No, I'm only 25, I started when I was 17. I know

:22:34.:22:38.

that this win means a lot to you. You left your big rival Amanda

:22:38.:22:43.

McGrory way behind. I don't know, I have never done that before,

:22:43.:22:48.

especially with such a big margin. It is always good to be Amanda

:22:48.:22:52.

McGrory, because it does not happen very often. But I broke away in the

:22:52.:22:55.

first few miles, and I stayed away. I knew she was going to try to

:22:56.:23:01.

catch me, because she's such a good climate. So on every hill, I was

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climbing like a mad woman, descending like a woman possessed,

:23:04.:23:09.

and just trying to go all out on the Flat. I'm really happy. I think

:23:09.:23:12.

it was the fastest time I have ever done on this course. And possibly a

:23:12.:23:20.

course record. It would be night -- nice if I took her course record as

:23:20.:23:25.

well! Obviously you have got the Paralympics coming up, and a London

:23:25.:23:30.

2012 and everything. Yes, really excited about next year. It is

:23:30.:23:35.

going to be huge. This is good confidence for me going into the

:23:35.:23:42.

New York Marathon next month - or in November. And next year, I think

:23:42.:23:46.

the Paralympics, at home, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm

:23:46.:23:52.

just looking forward to it, and preparing the best are possibly can.

:23:52.:23:57.

I will do everything I can to try and get on the podium next year.

:23:57.:24:02.

Keep racing like a woman possessed, it's brilliant!

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STEVE CRAM: While we were speaking to Shelly Woods, this man was

:24:07.:24:14.

crossing the finishing line, this is Ryan Macleod, and it was his dad

:24:14.:24:21.

who won the very first Great North Run in 1981. That's his brother and

:24:21.:24:31.
:24:31.:24:31.

his mum with him, I think. I'm sure his dad will not be too far away.

:24:31.:24:36.

You were running in that one as well, Brendan, and I was as well.

:24:36.:24:40.

The reason you say that is because you caught me at nine males and run

:24:40.:24:45.

away from me. That's why you wanted to tell the story, I know. I wasn't

:24:45.:24:49.

going to mention it, but now that you have... You did cheat though,

:24:49.:24:53.

you said you were going to run slowly, and you set off right at

:24:53.:25:02.

the front. Well, that was 30 years ago. Incredible to believe. But

:25:02.:25:06.

what a day we have had, as far as the elite racers are concerned.

:25:06.:25:10.

Lots of drama I'm sure to come with the masses, who are making their

:25:10.:25:16.

way quickly, and some rather less quickly, towards South Shields. The

:25:16.:25:26.
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sun who are still shining here, Mary Cury. Yes, they have to raise

:25:41.:25:44.

�140 million a year, and only a third comes from Hoddle. The rest

:25:44.:25:54.
:25:54.:25:54.

has to be raised from total causes like today. If need be, it allows

:25:54.:25:58.

those people to die at home, surrounded by their family and

:25:58.:26:08.
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be able to see the road at all. While we're waiting for more to

:26:23.:26:27.

come through, let's catch up with some of the elite women. Phil has

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spoken to the two British women who went pretty well today. Jo, fourth

:26:33.:26:39.

place, Helen, fifth place. Did you get out of the race what you wanted,

:26:39.:26:43.

with a view to New York? Yes, definitely, it is great to be back

:26:43.:26:47.

out racing. I was not able to race in the summer because of injury.

:26:47.:26:51.

First race back, it was lovely just to get back out there. It was

:26:51.:26:54.

lovely to have Helen running as well. I was really impressed with

:26:54.:27:03.

her. I really enjoyed it. A really fast pace being set ahead of you,

:27:03.:27:08.

what was going through your mind? Yes, it was a really strong field

:27:08.:27:14.

here today. It was always going to be a really fast time. I was

:27:14.:27:17.

pleased to get house and have a race. Ideally I would have wanted

:27:17.:27:21.

to be a bit quicker. But it is a great stepping-stone towards New

:27:22.:27:26.

York later in the year. It is always such a fantastic atmosphere.

:27:26.:27:32.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. And this was your half-marathon debut, Helen

:27:32.:27:37.

- how did you enjoy it? A lot more than I thought I would. I came with

:27:37.:27:41.

that mentality, I did not know what to expect. Especially having run

:27:41.:27:45.

yesterday and having had such a long track season. But I just

:27:45.:27:49.

enjoyed it. I had a bit of a bad patch at about three miles, which

:27:49.:27:53.

was a bit worrying. After that we started running together, just

:27:53.:27:59.

running with my mate, and it was great! She just got away from me at

:27:59.:28:05.

the end. But really pleased with my debut. Does this put down a marker

:28:05.:28:10.

for you for where you might go in the next year or two? Yes, I do

:28:10.:28:15.

enjoy running on the roads, and I would like to do more of it. I had

:28:16.:28:19.

not really prepared specifically for half marathon, so it would be

:28:19.:28:21.

interesting to see if I could improve if I did more specific

:28:21.:28:27.

training. Because obviously I have been training for the World

:28:27.:28:35.

Championships on the track. state of distance running for

:28:35.:28:39.

females in Britain, as well as Mo on the male side of things, is

:28:39.:28:43.

fantastic. But it causes problems for you, with just three places for

:28:43.:28:50.

the marathon for 2012... Yes, it keeps us all going. We are all good

:28:50.:28:54.

mates, it is lovely having Helen here today. We kept each other

:28:54.:29:02.

going. It is a nice position to be in. It is the same for me, we were

:29:02.:29:07.

laughing afterwards, we both felt really bad at three miles. And then

:29:07.:29:11.

we seemed to get going again. We managed to work together and get

:29:11.:29:15.

back to some of the others. It was a good race. It is really nice to

:29:15.:29:18.

have so many good runners in the country. It is a brilliant

:29:18.:29:23.

situation to be in going into 2012. And what Mo has achieved has

:29:23.:29:33.
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inspired us all. Well done to both British athletes there. It is a big

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How are you feeling? Mark? Not normally seen in you with so many

:32:41.:32:50.

people. I feel great. If I had the support in America, I would have

:32:50.:33:00.
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done it in a 50 days, not 100. is your first time? This is my 10th

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time of doing the Great North Run. The first one was in 1993. The

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Great North Run gave me the idea that I could run so it is very

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important to us. I am normally one from getting from A to B, but I am

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hoping to run under two hours today. You have been up a star, we look

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forward to seeing your next project. All the best. Great to speak to you.

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Good luck. The clouds gathering but so far we

:33:35.:33:39.

have managed to stay warm and drive down at South Shields but the

:33:39.:33:45.

weather forecast people have done a pretty good job. They said at 1pm

:33:45.:33:52.

we could get showers and that may be happening. One of our local

:33:52.:33:58.

presenters on Tyne-Tees is running for a dog charity. The amount of

:33:58.:34:02.

different charities... It doesn't matter what your love is, whether

:34:02.:34:07.

it is something very personal or your pets, there are third in the

:34:07.:34:11.

ways in which you can show your appreciation. -- there are

:34:11.:34:21.
:34:21.:34:23.

Somebody running his first Great North Run for cancer research,

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Freddie, says would you wish Adam good luck, please. Adam, hopefully

:34:30.:34:40.
:34:40.:34:43.

out for local club vests, like Gateshead Harriers and polytechnic

:34:43.:34:49.

and so on, but what is more prevalent as the years go by a are

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the number of charity best so be warned and another person who is

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running the very first Great North Run and possibly her last is the

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wife of a former executive producer of athletics on BBC television,

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Martyn Webster, who unfortunately passed away early on this year from

:35:07.:35:15.

motor neurone disease. We have been -- we will be speaking to his wife

:35:15.:35:25.
:35:25.:35:33.

later. Death there is raising money to -- and there is both raising

:35:33.:35:39.

money for cancer. Nell McAndrew is such a good runner. That lane is

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kept for the celebrities and funnily enough, there is nobody

:35:43.:35:50.

else in it. So well done to Nell McAndrew. Looking as fit as above.

:35:50.:35:59.

She has been enjoying her running for so many years now. 1.25. 85

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costumes. I don't know if that is technically a bad girl. I would

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:36:25.:36:37.

trust your judgment. Never mind. I Lee's Webster, running for motor

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neurone disease in memory of her husband, and we can catch up with

:36:42.:36:52.
:36:52.:37:00.

an now. She spoke to Denise Lewis Up I am running for Martyn Webster,

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my husband, who died in March of motor neurone disease. He directed

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the first Great North Run, and has ever since. Last it was the first

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we had to sit and watch it because he was not well enough to run it

:37:14.:37:19.

and I told him I would try to run it this see if so here I am,

:37:19.:37:23.

running it in his memory, because he loved this place, he up the

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energy and enthusiasm of everybody in the North East, and the first

:37:27.:37:31.

will story he ever did as a producer was about Charlie Spedding,

:37:31.:37:35.

a runner from the North East, and since that time he have had a great

:37:35.:37:41.

fondness for this blaze. On behalf of everyone at the BBC, we wish you

:37:41.:37:47.

the best. We all miss him. Thank you. I am sure he is with us to.

:37:47.:37:55.

Absolutely. What she knew. Telling you to get going! And that's what

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everybody who has sponsored mate... Good luck. We all do miss Martin

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Webster and indeed his daughter is here today, she is fund-raising

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:38:19.:38:33.

manager for a charity close to my Certainly be very best of luck to

:38:33.:38:37.

Peter Brooke, or running in memory of his very best friend, Paul

:38:37.:38:43.

Huddlestone, who lost his life to pancreatic cancer a little while

:38:43.:38:51.

ago. He is running on behalf of Pancreatic Cancer a UK, where over

:38:51.:38:56.

�18,000 has been raised so far. Elizabeth is running for the RNIB

:38:56.:39:00.

and said if she gets to South Shields, make sure she turns left

:39:00.:39:09.

because she does not want to end up in a thief! She is number 32,867. -

:39:09.:39:14.

- she does not want to end up in it was the eve of stub Caroline chapel

:39:14.:39:19.

raising money for a charity which provides the holiday of a lifetime

:39:19.:39:25.

was sick and disabled children. was walking on the quayside

:39:25.:39:29.

yesterday after the Great North City games and a man called Archie

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came up and said, could you mention my wife running in memory of her

:39:33.:39:40.

mum and dad's. And for all the leaders of Girl guiding in

:39:40.:39:48.

Edinburgh, where she is the Commissioner. Good luck! David, No.

:39:48.:39:53.

12,009, is running the Alzheimer's Society, and Jon, money for

:39:53.:39:58.

Macmillan Cancer Care. So many of these big charities rely on

:39:58.:40:03.

hundreds and thousands of people taking part today. The first shower

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now. Those weather forecasters are good. The best one is sitting next

:40:10.:40:19.

to me. He taught me just after 1pm... It is a bit early. Out there

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today from Birmingham City Council, be international sports director,

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Mike Osborne, it is his birthday. He is running his first Great North

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Run. Getting nicely cool. No need for any showers along the course

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because this one is right above their heads. A stalwart, Dawn

:40:42.:40:48.

Jackson, regularly runs at Great North Run, the easier run-in with

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her new sisters-in-law, Amy and Emily. And getting a nice welcome

:40:57.:41:03.

relief. The runners will love this towards the end, after they had

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been running an hour 1/2. This will be great. Sean and Collette and

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Claire's imam, Pat, who is 66, -- Clare's mother. All of them doing

:41:19.:41:23.

this at the very first time today. I hope they are having a great

:41:23.:41:26.

experience and raising lots of money for the breast cancer

:41:26.:41:34.

campaign. Squally showers. I am pretty sure it is localised or stop

:41:34.:41:40.

specially put on for those who are finishing! I think it is living in

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a southerly direction. My Directors says it is not reining at the

:41:48.:41:58.
:41:58.:42:02.

Helen, lovely to see you again! The safety in numbers! Yes, this means

:42:02.:42:07.

we can talk all the way round! When I am pushing, all the men say, do

:42:07.:42:12.

you want and hand? I am definitely getting a better deal. Are they

:42:12.:42:18.

looking after you? Very good. They did last year. I could not do it

:42:18.:42:27.

without them. Who are you raising money for? The company, the

:42:27.:42:32.

Disabled Centre in Jesmond. It is the only centre we have in

:42:32.:42:36.

Newcastle for disabled people. They do a fantastic job. How much do you

:42:36.:42:41.

want to raise? A group of them have already raised �2,000 and I have

:42:41.:42:47.

raised �451. That is fantastic. You are looking very fresh-faced Oster

:42:47.:42:52.

that is because the boys are doing most of the pushing. We definitely

:42:52.:42:58.

need a better wheelchair. If anybody has a better racing

:42:58.:43:04.

wheelchair next year, please let us know! It keeps spinning at the

:43:04.:43:09.

front come up every time I hit a bump. Anybody out there who has a

:43:09.:43:15.

racing wheelchair, please! heard it first! We wish you all the

:43:15.:43:19.

best of stock not far to go now. How are we going to get down this

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:43:29.:43:33.

Mickey Gray, a man synonymous with a few football clubs but most

:43:33.:43:38.

importantly, Sunderland. The club where he started and the one that

:43:38.:43:43.

is closest to his heart. I am not sure if he will head down to the

:43:44.:43:53.
:43:54.:43:54.

match afterwards or stop he is a good runner. He looks a little

:43:54.:44:00.

tired but that is still a pretty good time. 1.33. A very good time

:44:00.:44:07.

by Mickey grave. -- Mickey Gray. The soldiers are lining but routes

:44:07.:44:14.

for the last couple of hundred metres. The best example of all,

:44:14.:44:18.

Brigadier-General James Stevenson. He is running the course, trying to

:44:18.:44:28.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

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run his best time in the half of the race, how is it going?

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just lines unfolding in my head at the moment, and I'm quite tired.

:47:29.:47:37.

Can you give us any lines? Yes. I'm starting with - I see a man

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carrying a fridge humpback like the time Bridge, he's representing

:47:42.:47:49.

those burdens that we bear, like wandering, did I just need one last

:47:49.:47:55.

run to properly prepare? And then we're off, a slap of Mo Farah's

:47:55.:48:02.

hand, laces untied, we fall,? Wrapped, we stand, and we flow

:48:02.:48:09.

through the tunnel, like water, or as if we're on a conveyor belt.

:48:09.:48:19.
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There's a sunflower, Indiana Jones, a cuddly toy a... And my shins

:48:20.:48:24.

guess unstrained as I get to the Tyne Bridge, but then I think of

:48:24.:48:28.

that bloke carrying the fridge. And then the Red Arrows go by, in the

:48:28.:48:33.

missing man formation, the smoke evaporates in the sky, and I think

:48:33.:48:39.

of the army of ghosts shadowing us, giving us all for what and the why.

:48:39.:48:45.

And then the band strikes up the Blaydon races, and a spectrum of

:48:45.:48:52.

puce floods across our faces. That's about it, the rest of it is

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in my head. I think that's amazing. I cannot wait to hear the finished

:48:57.:49:01.

masterpiece. I'm a bit surprised that came out, it came out on

:49:01.:49:05.

adrenalin, I think. I did not think that would be in my brain. The it

:49:06.:49:11.

was amazing. I think you should do the London Marathon! No, not the

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London Marathon, oh, no. We will see if we make it through this one

:49:16.:49:26.
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first. I cannot wait to hear the finished product. That was Kate Fox,

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a member of the Great North Run cultural programme, which has been

:49:38.:49:41.

going for five years, and has done some wonderful things since they

:49:41.:49:51.
:49:51.:50:04.

came into existence. Let's hare of projects, installations and

:50:04.:50:08.

commissions, set against the backdrop of the world's largest

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:50:18.:50:32.

features 13 short films, with each run a training for this year's

:50:32.:50:42.
:50:42.:51:09.

Great North Run lip synching to 2000 finishers already, but lots

:51:09.:51:12.

more to come. We are still in the early stages of people getting over

:51:12.:51:16.

the line. One man who went over the finishing line about six minutes

:51:16.:51:24.

ago is with Sue now. They say you for looking reasonably fresh, but

:51:24.:51:31.

you did about 1:32. Yes, it was very tough, I found the last four

:51:31.:51:35.

miles really hard, but I had a great runner alongside me all the

:51:35.:51:39.

way, staying with me until the end, and I'm really pleased with my time

:51:39.:51:45.

this year. Did he do better than last year? No, I did 1:30 last year.

:51:45.:51:51.

Today it was 1:32. I will take that. You know a lot about this race

:51:51.:51:56.

because you ran it many, many years ago. Yes, before I even started as

:51:56.:52:01.

an apprentice in Sunderland, I did it when I was 15 years old. I did

:52:01.:52:08.

1:45 then, so, gradually improving. I thought you may turn out in a

:52:08.:52:11.

Sunderland kit today. I have been trying to organise something for

:52:11.:52:20.

the last couple of weeks. But they could not get me a showed in time.

:52:20.:52:24.

Captain, but you can't get their kit. A exactly, you leave the club

:52:24.:52:30.

and they forget all about you. you going to watch later? Most

:52:30.:52:40.
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definitely. I will be cheering the shirt, maybe he could give one to

:52:47.:52:57.
:52:57.:52:58.

Sunderland for today. Close to the finishing line, Joe McElderry,

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looking pretty good. A local boy. He had such a good time last year,

:53:03.:53:12.

getting big, big cheers. This is better than singing, isn't it?

:53:12.:53:15.

Running for Teeneage Cancer Trust, as you can see. He's doing sterling

:53:15.:53:25.
:53:25.:53:29.

work. I think he might give us a bit of a sing-song later, who knows.

:53:29.:53:35.

1:42, something like that, for Joe, well done to him. I'm sure we will

:53:35.:53:40.

hear from him shortly. I never thought there would see the day

:53:40.:53:44.

that these two were actually donning their trainers and running

:53:44.:53:50.

the Great North Run. Both of you former athletes, tell me why you're

:53:50.:53:56.

doing this. I'm running for British Heart Foundation. My aunt died this

:53:56.:54:00.

year, as you know. And Caroline's father. Together we are showing

:54:00.:54:05.

everybody that yes, we can do it. It is hard work and very emotional.

:54:05.:54:10.

It is hard, but her love it. I'm running for Alzheimer's, in memory

:54:10.:54:15.

of my nan, also with my father in mind. I want to do it every year

:54:15.:54:20.

now. I cannot believe it, converted! I know you were really

:54:20.:54:26.

nervous yesterday, not looking forward to it. But completely

:54:26.:54:31.

changed, I want to do it on a marathon now. What has the

:54:31.:54:36.

atmosphere been like? Electric, and we're dragging you in next year.

:54:36.:54:40.

I'm not sure about that. Let's, girls, really proud of you. I will

:54:40.:54:50.
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see you at the finish line. First celebrity home, as always, Nell

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McAndrew. Yes, I'm creeping up, a bit better this year, 1:25. I did

:55:01.:55:04.

get a few shouts of Batman, but I thought, I do look like a girl,

:55:04.:55:11.

don't I? Who chose the outfit? son, Devon. We have got a superhero

:55:11.:55:16.

theme in our house at the moment. He says, you have got to run fast,

:55:16.:55:20.

Mum, and bring home a medal. He thinks that a win. Well, you have

:55:20.:55:26.

won, the top celebrity once again. It is just a fantastic atmosphere.

:55:26.:55:32.

If you dress it up, you get even more cheers, it is fantastic.

:55:32.:55:38.

People say, why doesn't she run with the elite runners? Well, just

:55:38.:55:42.

being busy with being a mum and other things. It is hard to fit

:55:42.:55:49.

training in. But I feel so fortunate. Anybody out there, just

:55:49.:55:55.

get started, do a raised for life for cancer research UK, and before

:55:55.:55:59.

you know it, you can build up to a half marathon. Anything is possible.

:55:59.:56:03.

We have got 2,500 winners for cancer research UK today. Come and

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join us. You are are becoming quite the little runner, aren't you?

:56:19.:56:22.

did the London Marathon a blow was in pieces after that. It is

:56:22.:56:30.

tomorrow and, I picked a smaller charity, it is called the Sara's

:56:30.:56:33.

Hope Foundation, which gives holidays to the families of

:56:33.:56:36.

children with cancer. Me and my friends, we're halfway through, it

:56:36.:56:42.

is all good. The sun has come out to greet you, probably not making

:56:42.:56:48.

it quite as easy as you hoped. wish it was raining, actually. I'm

:56:48.:56:54.

trying to keep this on, to keep Sara's Hope Foundation seen. And I

:56:54.:57:01.

have been so stitched up, I'm a Manchester United fan, but I have

:57:01.:57:11.
:57:11.:57:27.

got to where this! Not far to go is waiting in the tent, with a cup

:57:27.:57:32.

of tea, probably. He says, we you say hello to my wife, eight months

:57:32.:57:36.

after having given birth to their baby daughter. I think he's

:57:36.:57:42.

expecting her in a little while. So, come on, Lindsey, Steve's waiting,

:57:42.:57:44.

he will have a nice cup of tea for you.

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PAUL DICKENSON: Certainly still plenty of people out on the course.

:57:48.:57:52.

The course director will be delighted that the progress, if not

:57:52.:57:55.

with the weather. But it looks like it is clearing up a little bit. We

:57:55.:58:02.

had a message in the commentary box earlier on today about a young lady

:58:02.:58:06.

who's running in her second Great North Run today on her 18th

:58:06.:58:13.

birthday, called Lauren Richardson, running on behalf of Teeneage

:58:13.:58:16.

Cancer Trust. Her mum is also running. Her husband said he was

:58:16.:58:19.

not sure what time she would be running, but she had better be

:58:19.:58:23.

quick, because Lauren's birthday party starts at 5 o'clock this

:58:23.:58:33.
:58:33.:58:41.

forecasting, they have been pretty accurate today. -- weather

:58:41.:58:44.

forecasting. And a there's one of our more well known whether people,

:58:44.:58:54.
:58:54.:59:00.

John Hammond. -- weather people. He's going well. And we're trying

:59:00.:59:04.

to get hold of Joe McElderry shortly. John goes over the line in

:59:05.:59:13.

just over 1:48. He looks OK. I mentioned Joe. He finished a few

:59:13.:59:20.

minutes ago, and he's with Sue now. Yes, and he's recovered. Was it

:59:20.:59:25.

hard? It was, because of the rain and things. But I got a pain in my

:59:25.:59:29.

ankle which was travelling at my leg. But I really enjoyed it, and

:59:29.:59:33.

going to live, that's the main thing. You were looking to beat

:59:33.:59:39.

1:38, you were only just outside. think it was 1:42. I'm happy with

:59:39.:59:43.

that. I had to stop about three times to stretch my leg because it

:59:43.:59:48.

was painful. But I enjoyed it and it rained, which called us down.

:59:48.:59:54.

Tell us a bit more about this charity, the Teeneage Cancer Trust.

:59:54.:00:03.

Yes, I'm a patron. It is an amazing charity. They have units all over

:00:03.:00:07.

the country. It is home from home for the teenagers wondering

:00:07.:00:11.

hospital. Families can go and stay, it is more than just being stuck in

:00:11.:00:16.

a hospital bed. It is great. Every time I go in, the atmosphere is

:00:16.:00:20.

just so loving and caring, the nurses are amazing. I go in and I

:00:20.:00:26.

sing for them. I answer questions for them, and they love it. It is

:00:26.:00:32.

great to raise some money for them. You must have one of the most

:00:32.:00:36.

recognisable faces, did you get a lot of comments? Yes, people had

:00:36.:00:40.

banners and things, which was really nice. I saw some friends and

:00:40.:00:45.

family on the way, which was nice as well. They will probably trying

:00:45.:00:50.

to get you to sing later on. Well, you never know. Get your breath

:00:50.:01:00.
:01:00.:01:14.

running for the Mary Curie Cancer Trust. He plays Ryan in EastEnders.

:01:14.:01:23.

You may have heard Steve Cram took about a charity called Coco, well

:01:23.:01:33.
:01:33.:01:33.

Becky would worth is running for them, hoping to run into 0.5 hours.

:01:33.:01:43.
:01:43.:01:49.

not the best the spectating, but for the runners, it is just giving

:01:49.:01:58.

them a nice cool down in the last mile or so. There she is, Sophie

:01:58.:02:04.

Raworth. That is a smiling Sophie. The London Marathon was a bit of a

:02:05.:02:08.

difficult experience, this one looks as though it has been a much

:02:08.:02:15.

happier one. 1.51, crossing the line, very well done indeed. Pretty

:02:15.:02:21.

good running, well under two hours for Sophie. I think that was her

:02:21.:02:24.

husband crossing the line with her, she said they were hoping to run

:02:24.:02:34.
:02:34.:02:41.

together. Harmony in their some are a long way further back,

:02:41.:02:45.

we keep talking about the organisation of this event, it is

:02:45.:02:50.

built on years and years of experience. But we should always

:02:50.:02:54.

remember that there are all sorts of people involved in the

:02:54.:02:58.

preparations. Let's have a look at some of the preparations that go

:02:58.:03:08.
:03:08.:03:20.

We are printing out all the goodies that the runners want, T-shirts,

:03:20.:03:25.

medals, drinks and also something to eat at the end. It is a

:03:25.:03:33.

combination of three weeks' work fast, nearly 50,000 packs, just in

:03:33.:03:43.
:03:43.:03:46.

time for the event this coming You have got a Brit is putting

:03:46.:03:51.

various items into the back. I'm putting the bottle here, passing

:03:51.:03:58.

them, putting him in a box. After last week, we feel as though we

:03:58.:04:07.

have done the marathon, perhaps There we are a bit panicky in case

:04:07.:04:13.

we don't get it done in time. Everybody has worked really well

:04:13.:04:18.

together, it is great that we are nearly at the end.

:04:18.:04:21.

There is an awful lot of work to do, but everyone is up for the

:04:21.:04:25.

challenge. It has all got to go out on the

:04:25.:04:28.

wagons, and then we will be watching the telly on Sunday, with

:04:28.:04:32.

our feet up! We did those packs right at the

:04:32.:04:38.

end! It will absolutely be done in time.

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:04:48.:04:48.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

:04:48.:07:56.

I think we do need a medal at the crossed the finish line, and still

:07:56.:08:02.

they keep coming. That is only about a 6th of those who will cross

:08:02.:08:08.

the finish line today. A little earlier on, we had deep two very,

:08:08.:08:15.

very good elite races. And if you are just joining us, just to remind

:08:15.:08:19.

you, we had a very quick race in the women's event, and in the men's

:08:19.:08:23.

event, the quickest we have ever seen here at the Great North Run.

:08:23.:08:27.

The previous course record had stood at 59 minutes and five

:08:27.:08:37.
:08:37.:08:41.

seconds. But then this man, man -- it Mathathi, who were set up very

:08:41.:08:48.

nicely by Jonathan Maiyo, picked up the pace, but quicker and quicker,

:08:48.:08:54.

under 59 minutes. Only six men have ever run under 59 minutes before.

:08:54.:08:58.

He finished 5th in the world championships, but he was the

:08:58.:09:06.

What an amazing performance by Martin Mathathi, the first athlete

:09:06.:09:11.

ever to go under 59 minutes here at the Great North Run. I wonder what

:09:11.:09:17.

you think now about your achievement today? I feel really

:09:17.:09:23.

honoured to run today in this, and run my best records, the best

:09:23.:09:27.

average my career. Did you believe at the start of today's Ray Stead

:09:27.:09:32.

you could achieve such a fast time? No why couldn't believe, but my

:09:33.:09:38.

manager encouraged me and said, maybe I can run 59. So he gave me a

:09:38.:09:43.

lot of motivation and encouragement, so I made it. What does it mean to

:09:43.:09:49.

you to join such a fantastic list of great Kenyan winners of this

:09:49.:09:54.

race? Such as Martin Lel, you are the 8th different Kenyan winner of

:09:54.:10:00.

this race. I know it is a very big race, I was hoping to run today, my

:10:00.:10:07.

manager told me the race is a very good and well organised. I thought

:10:07.:10:12.

that it would be better for me to run it and give it a try. What were

:10:12.:10:17.

you thinking when Jonathan Maiyo went out into quite a sizable lead?

:10:17.:10:27.
:10:27.:10:27.

He went out into the lead early on. I was thinking, I have all the race,

:10:28.:10:33.

I encourage myself, so I thought I could win, yes. Well you won in

:10:33.:10:39.

emphatic style. We hope to see back again. Congratulations. I hope to

:10:39.:10:43.

run again next year, I am very happy for the organisations and the

:10:43.:10:46.

spectators who cheered me all the way, and I thank my manager for

:10:46.:10:56.
:10:56.:11:03.

That puts him a 5th on the all-time list. A great run from Jonathan

:11:03.:11:08.

Maiyo as well in second place. Emmanuel Mutai, the pre-race

:11:08.:11:18.
:11:18.:11:25.

course record, but it was a really quick run from Lucy Kabuu of Kenya.

:11:25.:11:30.

That is the third fastest ever on this course, Paula Radcliffe holds

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the record. Mara Yamauchi dropped out at around 80 miles, not injured,

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just feeling unwell. -- eight miles. Hopefully she can come back and run

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a marathon and get her Olympic plans back on course. A few moments

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ago, Sophie Raworth finished in Guess who is here, she has made it

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to the finish, and we have time to do the interview this time! I am so

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pleased to see you, sue! It means it is over! And you look really

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fresh. Did you find it easy? I felt brilliant, I did it in one hour 50,

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which is much better than last time. It was fantastic, I loved it. I was

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reassuring myself all the way round with a monitor, the crowds were

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brilliant. Loved it. In case anyone doesn't know why, it is because you

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pass that during the London Marathon because you push yourself

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too much. But I hear that you did when the domestic battle?

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husband, who told me he had pulled a muscle, actually was right on my

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shoulder the whole way round, I think he held back in gallant

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fashion and let me cross the line ahead of him. It was a wonderful

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race. I know a number of people were chatting to you all the way

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round. Lots of people were saying, don't push it too hard! Take it

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easy! Really wonderful support. have done this with ease, so the

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big question is, would you consider doing the London marathon again?

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would consider it, it is my mother. Today was about predictably to

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myself, because I trained so hard for the marathon and then Blewett,

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because I came in at six hours 22, but today was fantastic, because I

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proved it to myself. If my mum will that's me, I will do it! Anywhere,

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congratulations. A great time, people who have all got really

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personal stories as to why they are taking part here today. And so many

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of them, running for courses -- causes so close to their heart, and

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hopefully having a bit of fun as A fantastic job, you must be

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relieved. Yes, I have had injuries this year, but to get under one

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hour 30 at the age of 48, I'm happy. And raised a lot of money? Yes, I

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was in Afghanistan last year, we lost a lot of troops, a lot of

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injuries, so this goes towards helping the blokes we need to help

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now. Your company are all looking very shy, I know they have worked

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hard. Rebecca at work has been hounding everybody for sponsors and

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family and everything, she has raised the most money. Rebecca,

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There is a lot of emotion out there on days like this and we began the

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day in a fairly emotional way with the Red Arrows. Don't forget we

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will be see them again with their display at South Shields or all of

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Just over 8,000 have now crossed This is the corner where they will

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see the sea for the first time. They will know there is not far to

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Just over two hours now. Peak time is approaching between now and two

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hours 30 and you can see the road filling up and the runners coming

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through. Of all the runners out there, one man, Mark Allison, is

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just coming to the end a remarkable journey and this actually will just

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be a stroll in the park for him off from running right across the

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United States for America, over # On the road again #.

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At not one point did I think I would not make it. You have to

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remind yourself why you are running across America. The two great

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It took 12 months to perfect the route across America and then the

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logistics around my accommodation and transport, it comes together,

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slowly but surely, but it does take a lot of planning. I chose not to

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go the easy way and it wasn't too much of a straight line in the end.

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I took in the Mojave desert, it is such a fantastic place, I was on

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Route 66 at the time. You would see one or two cars a day. The amount

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of thinking time you get. It is I chose a very difficult path

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through the Rocky Mountains. It could not be too easy. Worthy of

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people's sponsorship. We stayed in mobile accommodation for 100 days.

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We tried to make the porridge as tasty as we could! That was my

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staple diet. Probably had 50 different chicken recipes and 200

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porridges! My family surprised me with a visit for five days when I

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was 40 but the moment that I had to say goodbye to them, my wife and my

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son, I have never felt so low in all of my life. I could not look at

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the horizon for three days after You hear of so many people do in

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the Great North Run and you have a debt of gratitude to pay to a

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hospice, hospital, whatever. St Benedict's Hospice, who cared for

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my manner which she had cancer, was firmly in my mind, -- who cared for

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my mum, as was the Children's Foundation. When you have a

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difficult few miles, I remind myself why I am running and the

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miles become a lot easier. It is 1045 am on day 96. I have

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just heard that the fund has gone up to 50,000 pound for a St

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Benedict's Hospice and the Children's Foundation. I am so

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pleased with that. The last five days were extremely

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difficult. I started thinking about the finishing line far too early

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and I was getting very anxious. I was on my feet for 22 hours on the

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last day, New Jersey, Manhattan, into Coney Island. I had only had

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three hours Street. But looking back, I was very focused -- 3 hours

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asleep. I was fully aware that I was being sponsored to the finish

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line in 100 days and for me, if higher at not managed to get there

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in 100 days, it would have been so disappointing -- if I had not

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managed to get there. This is the peer of Coney Island. I

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made it, coast to coast. I made it. CHEERING. That is the Atlantic.

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After 100 days. Brilliant. I cannot believe that. It is all over.

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An amazing feat by Mark worthy of a lack of honour and that is how his

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participation in today's race has been built. Had I not been

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influenced by the Great North Run, I perhaps wouldn't have run across

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America though I am full of admiration for the Great North Run

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and I am so looking forward to doing this years. It will be a

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fantastic end to a long, hard summer of running. So many

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incredible stories and the man in a green T-shirt there has put in a

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few miles in the past, the former Minister of Sport, Richard Caborn.

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He finishes in just over two hours and 11 minutes. Over 11,000 have

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finished now, and I was saying a few minutes earlier that it is a

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very special day for the show macro and particularly for the Red Arrows

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will have been synonymous with this event for so many years -- for the

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Great North Run. Jon Egging sadly lost his life and is being

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remembered today by the Red Arrows You said it was quite an emotional

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race but you did it super-fast time. It was just amazing, the atmosphere.

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Everybody here is running for a good cause and everybody was

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cheering me on. It is a real privilege to be here and to launch

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the Jon Egging charity. Mention a bit about the trust you have set up

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in his memo Reef. We have launched the Jon Egging Trust, to realise's

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Jon's ambition to develop people's natural talents and everything he

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laughed, and leadership, teamwork. I know it was difficult for you. He

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was always with you. You used to run together. This is the first

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half marathon I have run without Jon but pretty tough. I had great

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people with me. Everybody here is amazing at this show macro so

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fantastic day. You have tremendous support from the Red Arrows. -- At

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this Great North Run. You were running with one of the pilots. I

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guess it was great to see the fly past. It is really tough. Seeing

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the fly-past, I have been touched by everything. It is great to be

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here. I know Jon would be very proud of you and what you are doing.

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Congratulations on today and good luck with raising the money for the

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trust. Thank you ever so much. A very emotional day for everyone

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connected with the Red Arrows. They will be giving their display in

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about 20 minutes or so so watch out for that. And still they come.

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12,500 across the line now and this is really getting into the peak

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Two hours and 30 minutes have now -- have now elapsed. Most of these

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runners are looking in fine fettle indeed. Colin Jackson is a little

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further behind us through the other Simon, I notice that dragon, I had

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to come directly to you! Tell us about your charity. Sants raise

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awareness for parents suffering from losing a baby, etc. They give

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bereaved parents support and help them through tough times. You came

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running up. You spotted him in the mayhem! It is. I am really proud of

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him. Really proud. Was it heptathlon? I really enjoyed it but

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it was tough. A lot of hills, which I am used to, but... Different

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tales. We should be used to that. I am glad you had a great time and I

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hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Thank you! I won't fall

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off # And I would walk 500 more #. # Jested beat the man who walks 500

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miles #. #. # And I would walk 500 more #

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# Just to be the man who walks 1000 miles #

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The Proclaimers, the song that gets played more often than not, and

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little did they know when they recorded that song that it would

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get played time and time again at running events all around the world.

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It still sounds good though. 14,500 runners have now finished. This is

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probably the peak time finishing. People moving well. The expedition

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beyond the finishing finals starts as they go through collecting their

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goodie bags, replenishing their drinks, and then finding the

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families, because there is 50,000 here, 100,000 on the other end

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waiting to meet them! The numbers For some it is the first time, for

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some may have done it many times before, and somebody who has been

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here a few times before, Finley Going back a few years, one of the

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features we did was a rather moving one involving this gentleman here.

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Remind me. Was up 13 1/2 marathons? 24 1/2 marathons, 24 days, 24 times

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around the world. Explain why you did it for Alstom I had cancer and

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I wanted to put something back into the charity. Cancer Research UK. It

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was great. It was all clear for five years until just before last

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year's Great North Run, and then unfortunately I got diagnosed with

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a different type of cancer, and it has been a bit of a rough year but

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after 38 treatments, two months ago, I had all my tests completed and I

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am free from cancer again. So I have beaten cancer three times and

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it is a great day, just to be back here again, and I am trying to work

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out gift after two -- after two around the world, not quite sure

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what his next. Hazel has been giving me support. It is good to be

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back. What tribute can you pay to this guy? He is absolutely

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fantastic. When I got the opportunity to run with him, I

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could not wait to help him get a cross that line. I have a sad story

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myself as well. My sister died of multiple sclerosis nine years ago

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just before my very first Great North Run and my brother has got it

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who is out there now so this is my 9th time, and to run it with

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Findlay has been the best one of all. Few were so gracious to us all

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of those years back -- you were so gracious. We did a feature on you.

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It hit home and I am sure you storm today well as well. Thank you. -- I

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am sure your story today will as well. Certainly, some remarkable

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One of the things about the Great North Run over the years, it has

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evolved into something much, much bigger than even Brendan Foster

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could have imagined some years ago. One of the great features now is

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the fact it is a two-day festival, not just a running, but a track-

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and-field athletics. And yesterday, around the quayside of Newcastle,

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we had the great Junior run. We It has been a great weekend of

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activity, and enthusiasm is really shining through. They are even

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I have enjoyed it a lot. I thought it was really good, I loved it.

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Exhausting! I am dressed as a Snow Queen, I have had lots of fun.

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thought we would do It For our sister. She just loved it. Halfway

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through, my lungs felt as if they were fit to burst! I can't wait for

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next year! Do it again. The event is coming to the end, and the crowd

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pick-up all the youngsters, and a thoroughly enjoyable day out. I

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Tyne mouth, and the Priory, standing proud as ever. South

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Shields beach, the tide is on its way out now. I am not good on tides,

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to be fair! You have done well on the weather, you have predicted the

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weather. We would get others to worry about the tides. Anyway,

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beautiful sunshine here in South Shields. Looking further down,

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there are clouds gathering, but we have had ideal conditions. Two are

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fast races in the elite events, a little shower to greet the runners,

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but sunshine at the moment. Brollies have been put away for the

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time being. A story which has touched the hearts of many in the

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north-east is one we mentioned earlier, the teenager, and Newton,

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tragically killed in June this year. -- Emma Newton. Many or Reading for

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If you were watching our coverage earlier, a story on Emma Newton,

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who sadly died in made, when a tree fell on her car in high winds. Her

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uncle Andrew and Simon. She was into the performing arts. You have

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had the glasses on. Obviously, a very sad story, an emotional day

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for you. Very emotional, coming over the line. It felt really hard,

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but we kept shouting Emma, love you, Emma. How are you feeling? Not too

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bad, I have been marathon training. It is a great one to do. Come on in,

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Robbie. Robbie, Emma's father. And one of the twins, Emma's sister,

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the whole clan are here. It has been on TV all day. Everybody has

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been here, was it good? Brilliant. Unreal. They will be back for more.

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What has it been like with the anticipation, waiting for them to

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come home? Everybody has been wearing a Tutus, I can always spot

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Simon! But it has been great, just waiting for them to come back

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through. The key is to get the word out. The other twin has joined us

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now! Gorgeous girls. We have the Emma Newton Fund, that is what it

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is all about, raising money to help people who might not be so

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fortunate to enjoy performing arts, really. Yes, for anybody who is

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struggling to get the funds together in the performing arts,

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the fund is there for them. This will be a long-lasting thing in

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Emma's name, that is what we are really proud of. Maybe these guys

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might need it in a few years' time! Let's hope so, these two are a

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credit to you, and these grown-ups are as well. I know there are about

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seven in all, well done to the long stretch down to the finish

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line here, they are still looking very happy. The crowds are as big

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as I have ever seen at the Great North Run, it is a pretty nice day,

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so they have come out to cheer them through these sometimes tough last

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few yards. Plenty to welcome them, Multi-coloured socks, any

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particular reason? Just to stand out, and give a bit of motivation

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to myself, look stupid. A bit more fun, keeps you going! It was a

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tough course today? Yes, it was a. It was my first time, I didn't know

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what to expect. I did my best, that is all I needed to do. You have

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been accused of raping him in! Absolutely! That is the 6th in a

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row. I thought I would get him on the running but as well. You raised

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a lot of money, hopefully? A few fund raising events. I raised money

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for cardiac arrest in the young. love this medal, it is one that I

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haven't got, next year, maybe! Well I have got two competitors here,

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absolutely delighted to finish. We met them at the start. Hannah Gray,

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and Sophie Gradin, a former Miss Newcastle. You have got a big smile

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on your face. Very chuffed. Just over two hours, I think someone was

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watching over me today, a very special number, 25, the same number

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as a Syrett who I was writing money for. Trimmer -- tremendous. Helping

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children with cancer. Yes, it is providing luxury, with the peace of

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mind of the care and attention people need, so they can go on

:41:01.:41:05.

holiday like a normal families, and do normal activities, go to the

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beach, in the comfort of their wonderful villa in Crete. We are

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taking more donations, we really appreciate more donations, if you

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can. You did really well, you only went out to buy your running socks

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a few days ago. Bless my little prodding stocks! I am so proud to

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be here, the sun came out, we got caught in the rain, I'm so proud to

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represent the city that holds such a fantastic event. The atmosphere

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is buzzing, everyone is smiling, I want to stay here all day! Jelly

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beans! Ice packs! And everyone, cheering your name. Yes, thank you

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to everyone who cheered us on, without the people at the sidelines,

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I don't think we would have got through as well as we did.

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person you are without his Calum Best. We haven't seen him at the

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finish come any news on him? idea where he is. He might claim he

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ran it in a one hour 50 maybe. chance of that. We are going to

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watch him, over! Maybe see you next Better known as Craig and Andy. You

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have made a -- and added. Who are you running for? Bobby Moore, the

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diabetes Association. How was the run today? Weather conditions were

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good, the atmosphere was fantastic all the way around, lot of support

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from the fantastic people of Newcastle. Whose idea was it to

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come in a Smurfs outfit? struggled to decide what to run as,

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but he has had some bad experiences in races before, beaten by Smurfs

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twice in marathons and half marathons. We thought, if you can't

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beat them, join them. That is a good motto. Well done, I hope you

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You have received a hero's welcome. How old are you? 80 years, one

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month, two weeks, two days, five hours and 20 seconds! I hear you --

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who are you running for? handicapped children. Up to now, I

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have �1,520. Brilliant! And I have two collections to go. How many

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times have you been doing this? times. What is it that keeps

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pulling you back? My wife died a long time ago, we were going to do

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this together. When I first started, it was tough. But now, when you

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hear the crowd, what can I do? I must keep going! I want to do it

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next year now! We want to see you here next year. It has been a

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pleasure meeting you. Brendon tells me that I am 60. That is his age!

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You don't look 90, that is for and of north-east events for a long

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time. Well done to him, still going strong. 2.5 hours have been

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completed. We have had over 20,000 crossing the finishing line. And

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Lee and Anna have kindly stopped. - - Emma. This a Blue Peter special.

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A lot of love went into this! Sticky-backed plastic, gaffer tape!

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A real effort. Why are you running for this cause? Emma and are still

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a lot of sailing on the south coast, we see these guys and girls go out

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in weather that no one else wants to go out in, risked their lives.

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These guys are amazing, unbelievable. One of the best

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causes there is, I think. Way you a guide, to try and making knock

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people out? Pretty much. He did pretty well. I couldn't do it in

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this, I absolutely couldn't. He got through it. You have both done your

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Well done to them and to all of those who are still running

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strongly be on the two-and-a-half hour mark. The skies had been

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clearing, the clouds have been swept away and the sun is shining.

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You saw a glimpse of the Red Arrows heading down the coastline as they

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prepare for their display. The squadron leader has popped into the

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commentary box behind us. He is the man who stands on the ground and

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guides them through the display. It will be starting a very shortly

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indeed. Here is Romley and Wendy. You are

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partners and you run today. Yes. It is the second time for me. 1.38.

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Wendy? Under 1.5 overs. That is what I am hoping for. Everybody

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around seems really happy. What is unique about the Great North Run?

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It is such a massive event. The support you get from beginning to

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end is absolutely brilliant. have run for charities before. Not

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today. No. I can't keep asking the same people but we have done a lot

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in the past four charities. We are just waiting for our club-mate to

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turn up. It is so busy! Impossible to see! It is great! And the sun is

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coming out. I was just about to mention that. It is a great at Ms

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there. I will leave you to your spotting! See you later!

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I am here with Calum Best as we wait for the Red Arrows. Sophie and

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Hannah had been giving you a hard time because they finished a bit

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before you. They are young, beautiful women in shape so what

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can I say! It was all for a good cause. That was hard work. I tell

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you. But you had an injury as well. I did not prepare at all for the

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London Marathon. I thought I was getting old! For this one was not

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that bad until the end. Halfway through, some people were out cold

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on the floor. It was pretty scary. But we made it in the end.

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believe you got some grief for wearing a Newcastle shirt. I think

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they weren't so happy in certain parts of town. I had to put the

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name of my foundation in the pocket. Very proud to be doing it for them.

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We had a great time. I don't know about next year! We will put you on

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the spot. Will you do it? Definitely. Thank you forced off

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It has been a very emotional day. That is one of the thing that

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everybody down here watches and waits for. It won't be long... We

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should get a pretty good view because the clouds have been

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clearing and the sunshine bearing down on the right just, including

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Ray Stubbs. You can just see him in red and white, of Gateshead

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Harriers. Honorary member, bestowed on him by Brendan Foster. People

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like Ray Stubbs have really added to the atmosphere. He comes back

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year after year. He says his training gets worse every year and

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his time gets worse every year but he enjoys it more. Slowdown more

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and you will enjoy it more! It is nice to see the Gateshead Harriers

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vest been carried with such aplomb. Well done, Ray Stubbs or stop Shell

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we read anything into his number, 666? -- shall we read anything?

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gets it every year and he doesn't Let's enjoy the Red Arrows or a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

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The superb Red Arrows continued their display on what must have

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been a very difficult day for the team. Remembering Flight Lieutenant

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Jon Egging, read four. A few minutes ago we saw Ray Stubbs

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looking resplendent in his Gateshead Harriers vest. Wearing

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666. He finished before 6pm thank goodness! Well done. Brendan says

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he did not give the number to you. It is a devil of a course and he

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did give me that number! I am so delighted to be here. That was the

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hardest ever for May. Not enough training. I am so pleased I got

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around in one piece. It would not be the same without you. You are

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very kind. I am the lesson for everyone. You have to put some work

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in or you struggle. But I have my guys from Gateshead Harriers who

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help me around as always, the community spirit, it is a very

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emotional experience. My personal worst again! By a distance. But as

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the years go on, I am just happy to get around in one piece. Maybe I

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should run a bit harder but maybe I would not enjoy it as much then.

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you have done it spot on because you come away with so many great

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memories. When it started raining, I was delighted. Brendan Foster

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turns the sunshine on at the end, he has got switch in there. The

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guys flew round. Yes. Some great stories as well. And three years.

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Congratulations. We will see you next year. Thank you. I hope so.

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I hope he picks up on the Olympic team next year and put some

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training in. If you want to come and join Ray Stubbs and the

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thousands of others, don't go on that website because it is the

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wrong spelling but put the letter Next year should be a fantastic

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I said a great summer of sport coming up and of course, the other

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events we will be bringing you, it details in just a second, next year

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day of our lives #. # today this could be the greatest

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day of our lives #. # Estate close to me -- stay close

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to me #. # Watch the world, Live tonight #.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

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# Hold your head high. # The world starts to come alive.

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# When you stay close to me. # Today could be the greatest day

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of our lives. # Today this could be the greatest

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# Oh, stay close to me. # A two-state close to me.

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And the world comes alive. # Watch the world come alive

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tonight. Well, the runners still crossing

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the lines, but we are coming towards the end of our programme.

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We are now going to look back to some amazing elite races from

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Josh Cassidy of Canada broke away from the field in the men's

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wheelchair race, and claimed his second victory here. He was a

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winner in 2008. In the women's race, a terrific

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performance from Shelly Woods as she it reclaimed her title, it was

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her off victory here. -- 4th victory.

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Lucy Kabuu produced the third fastest a winning time here at the

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Great North Run. Jo Pavey was bought and Helen Clitheroe was

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better for Britain. A great performance from Martin

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Mathathi. He won the men's race. He announced his arrival on the world

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seen by smashing the course record. Only the 7th man to run under 59

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minutes. It was quite a performance, thought? Once again, as Ray Stubbs

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was saying, somehow the weather has managed to remain absolutely

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beautiful, despite the thunderstorm, all the rain that we had earlier.

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The sun will certainly shine on many, many people, because of the

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millions of pounds that have been raised at the charity's all over

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the country. A very emotional day for the Red Arrows. Great to see Mo

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Farah or on the start line, enjoying his time, some fantastic

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performances, a course record being a set, 26,000 people have perished

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so far, and the weather has been kind to them all. -- have finished.

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The Red Arrows, with their own particular message, it is a

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heartfelt message from them to us, and for a mast to them as well. At

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the end of each Olympic Games, they used to say it was the best

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Olympics above. We have had the best men's race above, the quickest

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we have ever seen, the third fastest women's winner, and

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certainly it is not for me to comment whether this has been

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better than any other year. All we do know is that it is great. The

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weather has been ideal, and with pretty 6000 plus already across the

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line, -- 26,000. Many more have to negotiate the last few miles. The

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Red Arrows continue to add to what has been a glorious day,

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particularly down here on the coast at South Shields. Two hours and 50

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since they started on the central motorway in Newcastle. And all of

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them, with a sense of achievement when they get down here. Some of

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them do this every year, if -- a small band have been here for 31

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years. It has been a great year of running in Great Britain. Hopefully

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one day we will see Mo Farah come and lead all these people to the

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finish line. I think next year, it will largely depend on how things

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go for him in London at the Olympics. But it has been another

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fantastic year at the Great North Run, and we are all already looking

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Thanks to Steve, Brendan and Paul, hundreds are still to cross the

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line, but we're coming to the end of our programme. Plenty of sport

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That is it, we will keep our cameras running, could -- because

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there are plenty of stories still to come. But once again, it has

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been such a success. Millions of pounds have been raised for good

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causes, so many inspirational stories. And a great day for the

:03:39.:03:44.

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.


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