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Great North Run Highlights

Highlights of the 36th Great North Run, the world's leading half marathon. Commentary by Steve Cram, Brendan Foster and Paula Radcliffe.

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When I first started this event, the biggest event in Britain, and in our


first year we had 11,000. More than anyone could ever have believed.


Just incredible. I've seen it before, but it is ordinary people


doing extraordinary things. COMMENTATOR: They come from the UK


and Europe and all over the world to take part. A great race and a great


victory for a great champion. 1 million runners and 1 million


stories and a million smiles, as well. People are asking if we are


going to do it next year, but to be understood we have no choice. A


joyous celebration of the area and spirit.


What you had for breakfast. I've got a spare kidney if you want one. I


love the quayside. It is the world's favourite run. I will put my name in


the ballot. Life is full of ups and downs. The best thing I have ever


said yes to. It is the people. I always run. Welcome to highlights of


the 2016 Great North Run and this is the 36th addition, which will be


greater and more international than ever before -- edition. Alongside Mo


Farah, 57,000 runners from no less than 178 different countries. All


tackling the world's biggest half marathon, 13.1 miles from Newcastle


to the seaside, South Shields. This is a taste of what is to come. Mo


Farah is back in Newcastle and we will hear from him as he goes for a


hat-trick of wins here. The big head-to-head in the women's race,


Vivian Cheruiyot taking on Tirunesh Dibaba. We have the incredible story


of Claire Lomas who has tackled the course over five days using


specially built robotic legs. And we have a journey into the dark history


of the 13.1 mile course. And we hear some of the many stories from the


thousands out on the course today. Mo Farah arrived safe and sound with


the other elite runners. But he's not the only one from his family in


action. Tania Sarries taking on the course, as well, his wife, not a bad


partner to have -- Tania Faro. Claire Lomas in 2007, she fell off a


horse at a cross-country event and was left paralysed from the chest


down, but she is determined to finish this cause over five days,


with the aid of special robotic legs. Her epic journey started on


Wednesday and we have been with her every step of the way. In kind of


movement and sensation I have nothing from the chest down and I


did not know what the future would hold, I did not know you could be


happy and paralysed, it was a very scary time. I thought I would not be


able to meet someone who would want someone in a wheelchair and I felt


very low. But then I met down and live started to pick up -- Daniel


and life started to pick up and then the Maisie came along a couple of


years later. To be out on this challenge, I could do all of this,


but it would not be the same if I did not have the people around me


that I got around me. The reason I'm doing the Great North Run is to


raise money for the spinal foundation. It was tough after my


accident but then I saw people with neck injuries and it made me wanted


to start fundraising because my entry is nothing compare to a neck


injury. -- my injury. I got use of my arms. Walking a few miles a day


is the toughest thing I've done, really hard, my shoulders and arms


are so tired, they feel like they weigh a tonne already. There has


been quite a few tears because it has been very hard and also people's


reactions. Children turning up from schools with banners, telling me I


can do it, just at the point when I think I can't. And then I realised


the children are telling me I can. I've enjoyed seeing them but it also


makes you feel emotional. There is a huge concert taking place tonight in


Newcastle, it is the great North after party, if you will. The Kaiser


Chiefs will be headlining. It is all getting a bit rock and roll. Ricky


Wilson is here. The Ricky Wilson fan is over there. CHEERING


I feel like I'm in one direction, I like it. What about the sunshine.


Beautiful and crisp, perfect running conditions. But you are not running?


No, of course not, I forgot my kit. But peanut is running? Yes. This is


for three charities. There is a sense around here in the north-east


-- they say centre. All in the area? Yes, we are keeping the money here,


and I think that gives people the incentive to try a bit harder, we


are keeping the money here and we are very proud to be part of this.


You have come on a tour bus? We haven't slept. We played in Berlin


last night and then we got a flight and now we have been on the tour


bus. I'm very proud of it. He is having a banana. Give us a wave,


peanut. There he is. It looks like he will smash this course. He is


hoping to do it under one hour 40, but it depends how me autographs in


will have to sign. I'm actually quite jealous. You said that, maybe


you could get some kit on, it's not too late. But I have got to run


around at the arena. He is the keyboard player, he will just sit


down. You are going to do some work for us? Yes, my TV career is really


taking off. If you are working for BBC sport, you know you have made


it. The great North run is -- the Great North Run has attracted


runners from all over the world, they aim to attract as many


international runners as possible, and we have 93% of the United


Nations countries represented, so I would say that this mission


accomplished. Germany. USA. Dortmund, Germany. County Mayo, west


coast of Ireland. Beautiful Stockholm, Sweden. The Netherlands.


County Tipperary. The Netherlands. From Switzerland. Toronto, Ontario,


Canada. We are representing the United States of America. The French


out. Connecticut, USA. See you in Newcastle at the Great North Run.


I'm with two of our great world runners and you are both looking


very colourful. Who are you representing? Grenada. We know all


about the great James, why did you want to be here? I live in the


north-east and I have always wanted to do the Great North Run and here I


am today, given the opportunity, I am excited, just to let everybody


know where Grenada is, a beautiful island in the Caribbean and I want


everyone to enjoy Grenada. Nicole, you have travelled from


Lichtenstein. Can you tell us about your country. It is a tiny country


between Switzerland and Austria and I'm sure that not many people know


about it. That is why I'm here, I want to represent it. If more people


get to know Lichtenstein. You speak German? We speak a German dialect,


like Swiss people, but we write in German. The official language is


German. Howell excited are you to be part of this great event? -- how


excited. It is amazing, so many people here, more people than we


have inhabitants in Lichtenstein, we have 37,000 inhabitants, but here we


have 57,000 people taking part in the Great North Run. You have done


your homework. Very good. It is great that you are representing your


country, have a very good afternoon. From the global back to the local,


Sunderland born writer who is known for the horrible histories series,


he is taking part in his 20th run and he has actually written a


horrible histories telling the history of the course itself. Can I


thank you as a parent, it is just incredible, horrible histories. You


buy the books, so I should be thanking you. They have been a


phenomenal success, bringing history alive for so many young people, but


you are here as a veteran of the Great North Run. Veteran, that


sounds better than an old so-and-so. This is my 20th at the age of 70. It


is a wonderful experience. For club runners like myself, this is


something to aim for every year. You are running for a special cause? The


Viking centre, they were flooded out last year. Usually I run for


children with disabilities but now we have a history one and they need


to rebuild the Viking centre, which inspired me when I first looked at


it. I've been there may times, an amazing place. We are making using


for your supper, you have produced five excellent films which have


documented some horrible histories along the 13th .1 mile course. The


first one is about something just over there, isn't it?


The Great North Run starts just over there along Newcastle's Tyne more


and this was once the most horrible place in this city because this is


where criminals were executed in public. The innocent as well as the


guilty. The worse perversion of justice was in 1650, a witch finder


arrived from Scotland and offered to root out any witches. The Puritan


city Corporation were thrilled, they sent out a man with a bell who


invited anyone to name the person they suspected. 30 accused were


tested by the witch finder, he stripped them to look for which


marks, blemishes on the skin. He pricked the blemishes and if they


bled they were innocent, but if they didn't bleed they were guilty. And


sentenced to hang. Of course it was a fake sleight of hand, the witch


finder was being paid 20 shillings for every which he found, 13 women


and one man were hanged here at the gallows and thousands turned out to


watch. You will be pleased to hear the witch finder was suspected of


fraud and arrested in Scotland, he confessed to sending 220 people to


their deaths and he was hanged. It's a sort of justice, but no


consolation for his innocent victims or their families. Until the middle


of the 1800s this patch of land continued to be used for public


executions. The Eastgate of the city was known as the gallows gate. To


this day Newcastle United football club still has the Gallowgate end.


So you are a Newcastle United supporter? No, I'm from Sunderland,


I'm a black cat. Black cat? Witch! The race is not far away, the


runners are gathering in their thousands,. Ricky Wilson from the


Kaiser Chiefs is out and he has tracked down his team-mate and


band-mate Pete at who is embarking on his debut run. -- a nut. You are


running the Great North Run for three great charities, and we have


joined forces to keep the money in the north-east. Tell me more.


I am running for the Graham Wylie Foundation to build a building in


Newcastle. Also to do the Rankin rock gig at the arena. It is like


the official after show, we will have a good night, very proud. Last


night we were playing in Berlin. By Peter-macro all correct, you are


here running. Very little sleep. I have never done anything like it.


The number of people, getting a feel for the course, cannot wait to get


going. I'm jealous, feeling the atmosphere, I want to get running.


Covered in gasoline. You are going to run it for me, have a good time


Peanut. Runners of all shapes and sizes, all kinds of experience


taking to the course. Mark is just one of them. Race number 14. What


keeps bringing you back? The atmosphere, great crowd, Newcastle,


lovely people. You have some serious running to do, good luck. Thank you


for talking to us. The elite women's race likely to be dominated by


Vivian Cheruiyot and Tirunesh Dibaba. Both looking for the


knockout blow today. The crowd rise in the home straight.


So they should. Majestic performance from the Queen of distance running.


Cheruiyot smelt blood, when she passed, no way for the field to come


back. The rest of the field will not be


able to believe it, what they have just taken part in. These women are


the best in their field. The elite women have the roads all


to themselves to begin with. Seb Coe, big smile. Come on, Seb A lot


of support for the women. Women making up 50% of the main field for


the Great North Run. A small contingent choosing to take part in


this elite race. A view others to look for. Ali Dixon, representing


Great Britain in the marathon. In the blue, Sunderland stroller, with


the sunglasses, Gemma Steel, Charlotte Perdue. One of our bright


young talents. Trying to move up, to make the team in Rio, in the


marathon. Susan Partridge, as well. Interesting to watch how the British


runners do. The day like this, good weather, slight following breeze,


almost perfect conditions for running fast, if they choose to.


Intriguing race for Cheruiyot and Tirunesh Dibaba. Vinnie Partridge,


she could well go pretty good today. -- Lily Partridge. If we are


thinking like times, I'm not sure whether they are, Dibaba and


Cheruiyot. The win in the last two years, 65.14. Not sure we're going


to see that. Let's hope for a quick race. This is what they have ahead


of them, should be pretty familiar. Overall, the elevation profile, they


dropped in distance. Nice downhill section over the Tyne Bridge. Then


over the Gateshead International Stadium. Pass the crowds. At about


six miles, taking the turn, passed my old track in Jarrow. They turn


right, at the John Reid Road. Dragging up towards South Shields,


they will be able to smell the seafront. And find us at the finish.


John Culshaw, how are you doing? I have been involved with various


marathon sessions, usually in a pub. This is a half marathon, for


charity, are you excited? I'm nervous, in a good way. The spirit


is amazing. Everybody sparing each other run, I will rely on that. When


you run around, people cheer you on, gives you a lift. You're doing it


for a good run. John Egin Trust, the Red Arrows


pilot who lost his life a few years ago. It is there to mental young


people. Amazing event, all about the spirit of being together. How are


you going to get through this? Channelling any runners. I have been


listening to Brendan faster making his commentaries. Lord Sebastian


Coe, watching Steve Ovett and him that inspired me to join the school


cross-country dream. I have been running on and off. Doing the


Blackpool ten kilometres 80 times. Hopefully a good experience. And


when I need to be fast I will challenge Michael Johnson, be a


sprinter, go for the line, a sense of occasion, hell, yes. John,


everybody. Very important cause. Thank you very much. So, they have


come up the fairly steep rise onto the Tyne Bridge. Crowds gathering,


great vantage point. A lot of them, once we see them, they will see


people from watching them going by. Those people may try to get out of


the finish. There they go, crossing the Tyne Bridge. Famous site. Group


of distance runners, of great repute. Eventually we will see the


masses there. If you look at the field, you would look at the


competition. Times in a half marathon, we have seen some


wonderful times around this course. When you look at Vivian Cheruiyot


entry nicht above, two that the world has my greatest distance


runners. Finishing second and third in the Olympic Games in the 10,000


metres, you imagine that he comes first between those two will win the


race. Tirunesh Dibaba noticing Vivian Cheruiyot, following the


leader closer. Gets into closer order. As we look down on the elite


women from all the great achievements you will see and hear


about. Clare Latimer suffered serious injuries falling from a


horse-macro, paralysed from the chest down. On Wednesday she started


the Great North Run course, wearing robotic legs. Deliberate and


difficult effort. She has completed the Great North Run. After five


days. She has done the London Marathon. Raising half ?1 million


for spinal research. She is also expecting her second child. Colin


Jackson giving her middle. Never has it been so richly deserve. How


fantastic does it feel. Amazing, worn out. It has been hard. The


support. Great North Run team. The people supporting me, my support


team, donations. Down holding the upright. It is very clearly. It has


been tough, everybody helped me to get through. It has been amazing.


Mum and dad. Congratulations, well done. Get the support from the


crowd, you thoroughly deserve it. Thank you so much. The elite male


runners are nearly ready to go. Mo Farah aiming for his third


consecutive Great North Run title. With four Olympic golds to his name,


Phil Jones went to see if he's showing would continue to date. --


his show would continue to date. When does it sink reality? It takes


a while, you get back home. I watched back the race, really, I did


that? Incredible from Mo Farah. A kid he started from the age of 12,


having the ambition, watching the Olympics in Sydney. Telling


yourself, one day I want to become Olympic champion. Doing it in your


hometown, later on four years later. Incredible, not a word to explain


it. London 2017? Thinking about 2017, I get nervous and excited. I


would like to be able to end my career on the track on a high. Such


a perfect ending. It never goes to plan. The months leading up to it,


you get little niggles. You fall. I was panicking. People may not see


it, I thought my race is done. When I trained for finish. Three or four


lapse later I got back into it. Galen rap talking to me, telling me


you are getting back into it. Giving me the thumbs up. The crowd on their


feet, Mo Farah wins the Great North Run. You have won the last two


years. Nobody winning three in a row? It will be hard, hopefully


enjoy it, use the crowd as much as I can. We have two 's special


starters, David Rudisha, and Amy Tinkler. The 2016 Great North Run


under way. Mo Farah, the red-hot favourite. I'm sure all of these


people will go home tonight, saying I raced Mo Farah. One great part of


these big races you get to the line-up with the best of the world.


You may not see much of them, but at least you can say he started the


race with them. The way they go. The Central motorway, winding its way


through the centre of Newcastle city centre. Down to the Tyne Bridge.


Quickstart for them, the women at this point, making their way towards


White Mare pool. They were taken there. Turning towards the seafront.


As they approach six miles. The men, we will see how they go through the


first mile. 4.30 to. That is pretty quick. I was talking to the leader,


the first thing he said, Mo must be tired. He says, he's going to give


him a run for his money. At the end of the day we will find out as the


miles unfiled, Tautai Mo Farah is as they leave the city centre, crossing


the Tyne Bridge, heading towards South Shields, where we are waiting


on the finish line with thousands of people. There is data and


Ritzenhein. Mo Farah Tommy Hayes is will be sought. They are roaring


him. Dathan getting ready to make a race of this. Chris Thompson just


behind him. Pretty good pace early in the men's race. As they come


across the Tyne Bridge on a beautiful day. They will have time


for the view. Great day looking up and down the river. Yesterday with


the death of the city games. The quayside was absolutely rammed. We


have been blessed with the weather this weekend, that is wonderful.


The news of the women's race. They went for 54 through the seventh mile


and then the same, that really is quick running -- 454. Dibaba is


definitely struggling and maybe Cheruiyot is sensing that, keeping


the pace going. Cheruiyot looks very good, very easy. On her debut, itchy


either thinks she will sit back -- she is either thinks she will sit


back or she will go out with the attitude that she has nothing to


lose, if she gets it wrong first time, it is her debut, but she is in


the best shape she has ever been and she's enjoying her run out there.


Her first real experience of a mass road race and the support you can


get and the boost that can give you a the route. The finish of the


wheelchair race and it was a very close race indeed. Mark Telford,


just taking it, ahead of Bret Crossley, who was closing in on the


way. Mark Telford went out early and took the lead and built it up, Bret


Crossley was closing in, but Mark Telford, the man from Perth in


Scotland, he takes it, ahead of the Leeds athlete Bret Crossley. He came


very close to going to the Olympics in Rio, as well, Bret Crossley. But


that is the winner the wheelchair event, Mark Telford. Cheruiyot, you


could see she was feeling good, but then she backed off. Subtle mind


games. Coming off the incline, Dibaba sensed that Cheruiyot had


made a move and she was backing off a little bit, so she glided


alongside her as if to say, I'm still here. She is still here and


able to stretch it out, but now she has let her know she will drop to


the back of the group again. A bit of daylight opening up between


herself and Dibaba. So, the mens rea is, down to three already. Chris


Thompson has dropped off and this is a good pace being set by Ritzenhein


-- the men's race. He has finished third in the Great North Run before,


and now he's doing what he said he would do, making Mo Farah run for


his money. The men's race is down to three and we have just seen the


women's phased out of three, this is now getting competitive, and I'm


impressed with Ritzenhein. Running impressively and strongly and


running well. Meanwhile, at the Tyne bridge, great friends of the Great


North Run, the red arrows, flying overhead. Honouring this event with


their fly past as they have done now for so many years. All the way back


to 2002, they have come every year and they are the real welcome


indeed. A resplendent day such as we have on Tyneside, we have a


spectacular view of their skill and expertise and we will see more of


them later on. We are looking at the chasing Dibaba, keeping her eyes


firmly fixed ahead, the gap has not grown much at all, but she is an


outstanding athlete. Normally you would say she has no chance from


this position, but you can never say that with her. Developments in the


men. No more Emmanuel Bett. Ritzenhein, maybe a patch when he


was not feeling too good, but he has really picked up the pace and he has


thrown in hard miles in the middle-of-the-road 's. Mo Farah,


though, sticking to him like glue -- in the middle of the race. He is


doing a great job, Ritzenhein, 42.36 through 15 K, that is pretty good


running from the American. Many American fans wanted to see him do


well and wanted to see him make the team for the Olympics in Rio, and it


would have been suffer him to watch Galen Rupp winning his medal, I'm


sure. It was very tough for Ritzenhein, he had cramping issues


and I'm not sure he was able to finish the trial, but he was not


able to do himself justice and that was very hard for him, he knew that


was his last real shot at making the US Olympic team. He has bounced back


from that and has gone away and trained hard over the summer. He


will have been pleased to see Galen Rupp, forming training partner of


his, running so well in the marathon in Rio, but he dearly wanted to be


in that race. At the front now in her first half marathon here in


South Shields. Is it going to be a glorious debut for Cheruiyot? Or is


Jeptoo going to run away with this question at she is a previous winner


of this event. -- run away with this? She is about 5-6 seconds, that


is not that far. This race might not be over yet, even for Dibaba, but


when they have crossed this rise, it is about judging your effort. Jeptoo


has sided she's off, and I think Cheruiyot is under pressure --


decided she's. Cheruiyot is hanging on to her, but Dibaba is moving well


again and she might be thinking she has a chance. Back to this pace


being set by Ritzenhein. He is operating in an area he hasn't been


in too many times so it is great to see him doing this. I would also


make the point, you can get to 10-11 miles and not be able to finish it


off well, so that is the question for him. He is testing Mo Farah and


also testing himself. The important test is for him because when it


comes to the finishing area, you would never bet against Mo Farah, on


the road and on the track. Ritzenhein has run a fine race


today, though. Jeptoo gives another go. Maybe Cheruiyot was worried they


were going to go a bit slow and that would let Dibaba have another chance


of thinking that she could get there, but now they are approaching


the last few hundred metres and Jeptoo is desperately trying to hang


on. Cheruiyot, when it comes to finishing races quickly on the


track, it she is one of the best. Over the years she has been


outkicked by Dibaba at the Olympics, but she has won world titles and


finally she won the 5,000-metre gold medal at the Rio Olympics. And now


in her first-ever half marathon, it she has enough of a gap which will


suggest she can build on that, and she does. Cheruiyot of Kenya, moving


away from her team-mate Jeptoo who was the winner in 2013, two former


winners behind Vivian Cheruiyot. She has got the half marathon part of


her career off to a brilliant start, by coming to take the title in her


first ever visit to the Great North Run. Cheruiyot wins. Jeptoo is


second. Dibaba crosses the line a few seconds behind in third. Great


race from three very good athletes. The two big names, Cheruiyot and


Dibaba, of course, and Jeptoo got in amongst them, and that is a


fantastic debut for Cheruiyot. What is it like out here today? The


atmosphere is amazing, it always is every year, the whole community


comes out to support everyone, it is great. Why are you running? Liberty


is a wonder woman, she was diagnosed under three years ago with breast


cancer and she had a baby at the time, as well, had just had a baby,


and she beat breast cancer. You are a bit of a star. She is. I hope that


you don't go, but you are such an inspiration, these ladies have told


me. I could not have done it without them. It is wonderful. This is my


first Great North Run and this is amazing, you have got to come out


and do it, everybody. If Mo Farah would like to push on, he can still


dip under 60 minutes, but he would be more interested in winning the


race because he senses that Ritzenhein is working so hard to


maintain this kind of place, so when they drop down through 12 miles


which will be fairly soon, in about another minute. When they drop down


through this steep downhill section near Marston. He is away, and that


is a sense of someone who hasn't got dead legs. Ritzenhein, breaking


hard, but Mo Farah was flowing down the hill, letting himself go. He


just wants to make he doesn't do himself any damage. It is better to


relax downhill. He might even let Ritzenhein come back to him, but now


he has the gap, why not push on? He knows he pretty much has the race


won but it is now a case of how hard he wants to go in the last mile.


John Culshaw, how are you feeling? Not too bad, I'm going at a steady


pace, about the speed that Del boy went when he was dressed as Batman,


that is my pace. Where is your running buddy? There is a group of


four of us and we are having a chat, and you form a little team, and that


spurs you on, and the crowd, the cheering, the music, it is magical,


it really is. You managed to stay off the jelly babies? The crowd are


very generous with jelly babies and energy drinks, we have everything we


need and I can't believe the halfway stage is here. Not far to go now.


Mentally you are ready? I have done the Blackpool ten K a few times.


Onwards and upwards. None of this track races are like


this, they always come down to the last 400 metres, but this is a very


familiar sight in a British sport, Mo Farah winning another race. Mo


Farah, stretching out, 800 metres remaining. A glance over his


shoulder. Ritzenhein is working hard now. Mo Farah, 600 metres to go, the


end of a glorious year and a glorious four years since 2012 and


all the victories he has achieved. Well done, Mo Farah. I'm not sure he


is that bothered about going below one hour, but I think he will be


right on the margin. If he had really tapped this last 500 metres


he would have broken it. He doesn't really need to do that. If he


maintains his rhythm and his cadence he might just miss the one-hour mark


but that doesn't matter. The crowd came to see Mo Farah win and that is


what they will be watching. That is what he has delivered for them. The


hero of British athletics. He is being cheered by thousands of


people. None of them... Maybe a few went to Rio to cheer him on, he had


great British support in the stadium, but this is their chance to


come out on the streets of Tyneside and see Britain's hero, and one of


the greatest distance runners of all time, you have to say that, with the


record he now has in major championships. Two more Olympic gold


medals to add to the amazing tally he'll rehouse. It won't stop there.


-- amazing tally he already has. We will see him at the World


Championships in London next year and many people will have already


got tickets for that. Mo Farah, continuing his glory run, in the


last 150 metres. He would have to go some to break one-hour, he's


probably looking at the clock, but he well be bothered by that. No need


for him to panic or worry, no need to watch the clock. He is just


enjoying this. That might even be a little different ways, but there is


the usual gesture and he makes another bit of history. Ritzenhein,


running very fast indeed, not far outside his personal best, he did


very well today in second. He made Mo Farah work for it. Winning in


front of this huge crowd and winning his third Great North Run. We can


round up the elite races. Very close in the wheelchair race. Mark Telford


taking it by a second, from Bret Crossley, who was closing in for


much of the race. It was very close in the women's


race. Dibaba drops towards the end, but Cheruiyot got it in front of her


fellow countrywoman Jeptoo. It was Mo Farah's race in the men's but he


was made to work very hard by the American Ritzenhein. Emmanuel Bett


finished in third. Mo Farah taking his third successive victory in the


Great North Run. There are thousands upon thousands


of people on the course. Some pushing for personal bests, some


struggling with the pain barrier, they all have their own motivation.


Just getting your trainers on can be enough. There are 101 reasons not to


run, and I thought of everyone, a date with marigolds, a one-woman


excuse. I don't have time, one of my favourite lines of that has to be


the worst of the lot. Female multitasking powers mean there are


always moments. When I say I don't feel like it, I'm a mother, wife, I


work, I have a life, lacing up seems a struggle sometimes. What I tell


myself when I don't feel like running to my veg OPV's bum does not


stay on the sofa. The never-ending washing basket does cause issues,


especially the lot pockets of jelly babies and tissues. If all else


fails, you don't have to do it. I cannot run on empty tummy. I get


dizzy. Running when one is full to the brim makes me sick, queasy


evident that grin. The key to nutrition is suck it and see. The


chances are, you will always find a willing Bush to have a wee. There


are 101 reasons not to run, over the years I have been through everyone.


At the end of the day, with no run intended, all the other pans, I


still go, I still get out there, I always run.


35 years, the Great North Run has been going. I'm not sure it has ever


looked better. Thousands upon thousands lining the last mile at


South Shields. It has the almost perfect conditions. Gentle breeze.


Blue skies, sunshine. Over 40,000 pounding the streets from Newcastle


down through Gateshead, Jarrow and South Shields. Wonderful day.


Talking earlier on. The first year was 1981, about 12,000, I'm not sure


how many finished. We use to finish a bit further down, not even a half


marathon. The half marathon distance, as a regulation distance


had not been invented. Only 1981. It was a run from Newcastle to South


Shields. Brendan was saying, if they had thought about it properly, they


may have gone the other way round. Great finish, brilliant start. The


last mile or so, it is great. A chance to look all the way up the


street, the big crowds get so close, getting the chance to strike and


spot if they are lucky, their loved ones. -- to try and spot. More


colourful than it used to be. 103 people have taken part in the Great


North Run since it was first staged in 1981. 103 people giving all 35.


There is the holding area, they gave three, gets the goody bags, a mass


IS, some sustenance. Reflecting with others, on a great day's work. Weeks


and months of training for many, a lot of them back to do it next year.


Thousands of people still on the iconic course, so much history


around it. Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories can explain.


The final mile. Most runners agree, it is the longest mile since


Mr Imperial invented measurements. It starts here. The grotto is a


large cave blasted into the cliffs. In 1782, a man called Jack the


Bluster and his wife Jessie borrowed some explosives in a local quarry


turned a small cave into a large one to live in. They built this stairway


down the cliff. The odd choice of accommodation attracted visitors.


The couple supplied with refreshments at a cost. Supplying


the smugglers along the caves to hide their cargoes. The legend says


one smuggler turned informer, but the smugglers escaped by dumping the


cargo along there. When the smugglers found John, they put him


in a basket, lowered him down the shaft known as Smuggler's Hole,


where they left in to starve to death. They feasted in front of his


eyes, and used him as a target. It is set on cold, dark, stormy nights,


the wailing of his ghost can be heard above the sounds of the


howling wind. Those be the ghostly moan is of John the Gibber. Actually


the ghostly moans of runners at the finishing line. They could be right.


You are at the halfway stage. Nobody mentioned these little hills. To the


Great North Run, lovely. No mention of hills. You are still smiling?


Brilliant, one of the best things I have done. We cried when the Red


Arrows went over. A moment. Such an inspiration for so many people. We


loved your story. What would you say to anyone thinking about getting


into running. Get your trainers on, go. Best thing ever. Best thing you


done. Go for it, find support. I have supported with Run Wales. Find


support go for it. Delighted to say Vivian Cheruiyot is with me. Looking


fresh as a daisy. First time you have ever run that far


competitively. How did you find the half marathon? You made it look


easy. I was trying to finish the half marathon. It seems as if it is


going to be too tough. I have been used to 5000, 10,000 metres. Maybe


I'm going to do my best. When I was racing, racing Tirunesh Dibaba.


Jeptoo. They have been competing in half marathons and marathons. I


should not go in front immediately, I never know what is going to happen


ahead of me. I was relaxing. It was a little bit tough, the last one


kilometre. I am so happy, fantastic for me, also to wrap up my season. I


have three, I want is exhausted, men. They look fresh. This is great,


everybody names, numbers. What happened there? I changed it at the


last minute. Did not have my name on. Tell me your name. David. The


first three runners. How was the race? Absolutely knackered. I have


done before. Did not seem as hard last time. Seems either. Really


good. Brilliant. Rob, you were the first of these two. Great.


Supporters came at in force, great atmosphere. How much money did you


raise? About ?400, first time I have done. The verse eight or nine miles,


no bother, last few could not go faster. Would you advise someone


like me to do this instead of running? Definitely. Thank you, glad


you said that. Well done, gentlemen. I have been joined by the winner of


the elite men's race, Mo Farah. Not quite as straightforward as you


would think. I knew it would be hard work. Dathan ran a great race. I


know him well, he knows me well, former training partner. He put the


boot down, trying to get rid of me, he knows I have thus the face.


Amazing support kept me going. I am knackered. Hardly gentle. You have


to do a bit more talking. Somewhere out there is a wife. I said she has


crossed ten kilometres in 52 minutes. Because you are not used to


those kind of times, you said, is that good? I think she's doing well.


Good time for her. About halfway. If she goes like that, about 150. She


puts a little bit more, 150. It is a tough course. Mainly, do not get


carried away. I cannot talk to her. Does she have the Mo Farah kick? She


is a better sprinter. In the 100 metres, she has a better style. When


we release you, you can go back out there. You're cool down could be


going back to find Tanya. There might be chaos there and there. I


will be waiting at the finish line. -- chaos out there. Dathan's wife


Tanya is out on the course. She has been telling still all about the


pain that training for the world's Leichhardt marathon. Behind every


elite athlete chasing medals with a sole focus, there is a family behind


them. A family you may only see this husband and father for half a year.


For Tanya, some me time. She goes from the woman behind the athlete,


to the celebrity athlete in her rain right. I often have to watch


him at the start. To run it, I'm proud of the fact I have been able


to train myself well enough to the point where I feel I can run. I hope


I have been a good coach. If not, I will be in trouble. When she does


her run, she says she's getting cramps in your stomach. I say I'm


doing that over time. There is a fine line when you push the body


beyond, you get different pain. It is part of it. No one knows. Now she


does. I have gained a huge amount of respect for running more so than


ever before. I understand what it is like. Such a mental game. The


physical element, I felt the stomach cramps and the pain Mo's describes.


When you go through something from achieve something at the end, it


outweighs all the pain you have been through. It is great. There she is.


She crossed the line from significant and knowledgeable person


to greet her, her husband from a Mo, who won the elite men's race. Did


not look like you were in the mood for a big cuddle? I was not. Did not


even know he was there. The first thing I said, did you win? You cross


the line in? 1.39 something. I said if I could go under two hours, I


would be happy. I wanted to get close to 1.50, to get the that,


crazy. -- below that. That is it from the 36th edition of


the Great North Run. Another incredible day. For so many people.


We hope you enjoy watching. We will see you next year.


These people tonight will say yes, I raced Mo Farah.


Vivian Cheruiyot wins. A hero of British athletics. Mo Farah


sprinting away.


Ore Oduba presents highlights of the 36th Great North Run, the world's leading half marathon.

Mo Farah, who recently retained his Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m titles, leads a strong elite men's field. The women's race will also be fiercely contested with former world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya facing previous winner and compatriot Priscah Jeptoo and Britain's Gemma Steel aiming to better her position of runner-up for the past two years.

Commentary is by Steve Cram, Brendan Foster and Paula Radcliffe. Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson report from the course.

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