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Gabby Logan presents live coverage of the 2016 Great North Run, with commentary by Steve Cram, Brendan Foster and Paula Radcliffe.

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When I first started this event, it had 1300 runners, in our first year


it had 1100. It's not more than I just believed but what anybody ever


believed. It's incredible. I've said it before but it is ordinary people


doing extraordinary things. They come now from all over the UK, all


over Europe and all over the world to take part.


The great wastes denigrates roomful -- a great race and a great win for


the champion. 1 million runners 1 million stories and a million smiles


as well. People are asking if I will do it again next year and to be


perfectly honest we have no choice. The greatest, the friendlies but


above all a regional celebration of identity and spirits.


I've got a spare kidney if you would like one. It's the world's favourite


run. I put my name on the ballot. Life is full of ups and downs. The


best thing I've ever said yes to. I always run.


Welcome to a glorious morning here in Newcastle for the 36th Great


North Run. What today we have in store, you will be incredible


stories of bravery and courage and you'll see some amazing distance


runners. The men's elite header by Mo Farrah and there are multiple


champions out there. Behind them tens of thousands of stories, maybe


none more so that the amazing Claire Lomax. Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser


Chiefs is here and you'll see people represented from all over the world.


It's not just the Great North Run but the world's favourite run. 178


countries are represented at there and you'll get plenty of voices. Mo


Farrah has arrived and this is the first race ends his epic


achievements in Rio. He is so relaxed and we spoke to him


yesterday, he is looking forward to getting out there on the streets of


Newcastle and run to South Shields to lap up the adoration of the crowd


that this multiple gold medal winner is one of the greatest long-distance


runners world has ever seen. It's amazing to think it's just three


weeks since his triumph in Rio. Mo Farrah attempting to retain his


tenth thousand Olympic title. -- 10,000. Mo has fallen and it is the


one thing they feared. Has he got the power and the strength and the


speed. We have been here before and we have seen this before. They


succumbed to the inevitable. Bow to his superiority. Mo Farrah wins the


gold. Three medals in the bag, is it going to be an historic fourth. He


is sprinting, he is in the driving seat now. Mo Farrah has gone, he is


away. The double-double. Arise Sir mode. -- Mo. We all love him but no


one else appreciated him more than Mrs Mo Farrah. You're not just here


as Mrs Mo Farrah but here as an athlete? I don't know if you can


call it an athlete but I'm here getting involved and I'm going to


run the full half marathon so this is the first time for me. You like


so many people out there, you when he started training nine months ago?


More like eight. It's weird to think this is my second half marathon ever


within a month and just starting running so I try to not put too much


pressure on myself and just enjoy today but can't believe I'm here.


Have you had plenty of tips from Mo he said get easy and get settled


into a rhythm and push myself hard. I'm just going to let people get


past me and then start working past that. I was teasing him last night


saying if he was a good husband he would run with you. I tried


convincing him to do it but unfortunately he has a job to do


today. He has come to win and I'm sure he'll try to cheer me on the


rest of the way. How excited is he because all along the way the crowds


will come out? This is definitely his favourite half marathon


especially after Rio. It is like a homecoming for him. The crowd here


and the people have been phenomenal. It has been such a homecoming so it


is like a victory lap for him providing he wins of course. He just


wants to come out and give the people a good time. Have you got


time you you're aiming for? Under two hours is what I'm aiming for.


I'll see you at the finish then best of luck you will be brilliant I'm


sure. The race will be started today by two men who can give plenty of


inspiration to those out there. Lord Sebastian Coe and David Rhodesia,


their preferred distance is a bit shorter. There will be joined by Amy


Tinkler as well. You see more and hear from them later. I mentioned


the 178 countries who are represented out there today, it's


quite phenomenal, it really is the world's favourite race. You will


hear plenty of voices throughout the morning so here's a little taste of


what is to come. Netherlands. Germany. USA. Dortmund in Germany.


County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. Beautiful Stockholm Sweden.


Malaysia. Surprisingly sunny island. Switzerland. Toronto. Pennsylvania.


Representing the United States of America. Spain. Connect the USA. As


we say in Spain has still away go see you in the great move run. I've


seen people from all over. If you're from outside the UK then tell us


where you're from. Denise Lewis will be catching up with plenty of people


today. I'm not sure what her linguistic skills are like the let's


see who is weird. I'm with tea great -- I'm with two great bonus of a


Connor Hayley representing? Granado. Tell us why you wanted to be here


and so important to represent your country? I live in the north-east


and I've always wanted to do the Great North Run and here I am today


given the opportunity. I'm excited. Just to let everyone know where


Granada is, it's a beautiful island in the Caribbean and everyone should


go enjoy grenade. Michal you have travelled from Itchen Steyn, tell us


about your country. The aged and Steyn is a tiny country between


Switzerland and Austria. -- Lynch and Steyn. I'm sure not a lot of


people know about it and that's why I want to represent the country so


more people know the country. We speak German dialect like this which


people but the official language is German. How excited I need to be


part of this great event? There are more people here than we have


inhabitants, we have 37,000 inhabitants and here I think there


are 57,000 people taking part -- Liechtenstein. You have done your


homework great for you to represent your country and have a great


afternoon. That's incredible. We could have the whole of


Liechtenstein running and no one else could take part. We will hear


from so many other countries and it truly is a magnificent morning here.


Temperatures higher than it has been for many years so it may affect some


runners but for the elite runners, that'll be very favourable indeed.


Here is a little flavour of what is coming up. The as we have already


seen Mo Farrah is here in Newcastle and we will hear from him ahead of


the race. The big head-to-head in the women's race, Vivian Cheruiyot


taking on Tirunesh Dibaba per. We have the story of Claire Lomas who


is trying to complete the course using robotic legs. Terry Geary


takes us on a history onto the 13 mile course. More women are running


than ever before, we will show how campaigns like this would have made


an impact. Whilst author Hannah Phillips discusses all the excuses


we make not to run and how to overcome. And the amazing story of


how one man saved a little boy 's life after seeing his story at last


year 's Great North Run. I implore you to watch that because it is an


incredible story and there are people running for all kinds of


different reasons the basic unit anybody running hashtag get


inspired. You can text us and of course BBC sport is on Instagram and


Facebook, plenty of ways to get involved throughout the morning. I


mentioned the causes people running for cover many charities will


benefit from the 57,000 people running. Along the way they will


wish they were at the finish and that is exactly where Colin Jackson


is now in the charity tense. Good morning everybody. It is a bit


chilly here but I can ensure you it's all very soon. People are


organising to welcomed the runners back. When they arrived here they


get hugs and kisses and a cup of tea and a bit of our Massad Buttle for a


good cause. I will catch up from somebody from candlelight is here.


Can you tell us about this and who is running today? We are running for


my son die he was here, my husband James is doing the run with two of


his friends and then he is biking about 90 miles back home for


Liechtenstein. Hopefully it is going to bring in lots of money for


Candlelighters. After the death of guy at last year who contracted


leukaemia, from the offset of diagnosis, Candlelighters were there


for us. Today is a vital day for fundraising and exposure for the


charity to get people to donate as much as they can? Without a shadow


of a doubt and good luck and thank you for everybody for donating. Have


a good year. Thank you you too. Many runners would have had to overcome


many kinds of difficulties, fears and phobias even get on the start


line, one lady today has had to challenge herself in the most


remarkable way. She started the Great North Run Wednesday and has


walked three miles a day and in the next hour or so, Clare Lomas will


cross the finish line. Back in May 2000 and seven. I was at an event I


competed at loads of time on a horse I had written loads of times. It is


a risky sports but you thrive in the excitement. The track split into


two, he got his eye on one way, it was a misunderstanding and he


clipped a shoulder on the tree and flung me into the tree but the


consequences were severe. As I hit the ground I knew I was paralysed.


What I did was dislocate my spine at T4 level and that is where the


spinal damage was, I also fractured my neck, punctured a lung and caught


pneumonia so I was in intensive care for days. It was a tough time.


Movement and sensation I have nothing from the chest down, I did


feel angry, Cross, upset. Everything really. I didn't know what the


future would have in store, I didn't know you could be happy and be


paralysed. It's a very scary time. I thought when I had my accident I


probably wouldn't be able to meet anyone, I felt really low. But then


I met Dan, life started to pick up and then a few days later Maisie


arrived. I thought this is a miracle my body does still work a little


bit. It meant the world. I could do one of the spirit it wouldn't be the


same if I didn't have the people around me. The reason I'm doing the


Great North Run is to raise money. It was tough after my accident but


when I looked around and saw people with neck injuries, that made me


want to start fundraising because nothing compared to a neck injury, I


have the use of my arms. I have been walking about three


miles a day. The toughest thing I have done. It is just really hard,


on your shoulders. Your arms are so tired. And already there have been


quite a few tears, sometimes because it is really hard and sometimes


because of people's reactions, children turning up from schools


with little banners saying, "You can do it", when I have got to the point


of thinking I can't. It also makes you feel quite emotional. Well, she


has had a tough few days and hopefully you will see her finish


within the next hour or so, the amazing Claire Lomas. I am joined by


the amazing Paula Radcliffe and Brendan Foster on this amazing


Sunday morning. Do you book the weather for this? Every year, you


know, I set on the Saturday after the Games, and I watched the VTs of


all the people around the world, and also so many local people inspired


for so many different reasons, Paula, and I know you as a running


not love to get out there and see people pounding the streets. That is


the thing with mass races, the build-up, seeing people out there.


Watching it for the first time, she was stood there watching some of


those videos, crying and it hadn't even started yet. There's so much


history of people getting to the start line, that journey through the


race, all the support along the route, that other people there, and


there is not another sport where you will get that. I am almost addicted.


I was with a guy who had done this 20 times, and London 15 times


comedies from down South, and this is his favourite one. There must be


so many people who want to shake your hand and just say, thanks for


doing this. -- and he is from down South. We never had any idea. It


started as an event 30 odd years ago and we never knew it would reach


this level. The atmosphere is good, people excited and nervous, and that


mixture makes it great. We know David Rudisha, Lord Sebastian Coe,


Amy, they starting today, but with this being the world's favourite


run, 178 countries, I understand you had the temerity to ask Ban Ki-moon


if he might come along to start the race? Yes, I thought we should aim


big, shoot high. We had a wonderful response from him. He is doing other


things who couldn't make it but he would have loved to have been here,


and it would have been nice to have the Secretary-General of the UN...


Yes, if you don't ask, you don't get! Did he say he would come


another year? Yes, but they all say that. You never know. You might be


on the starting line. We are dipping into those nationalities throughout


the morning. I don't know who Denise has with her now... I feel a little


out of place here amongst you. Firefighters... Local? And I believe


you have actually done this marathon before? We have run the half


marathon 2013, which was in conjunction with our charity in


memory of one of our colleagues who sadly died of leukaemia that year.


This year we are doing it as part of... It being the 1515th


anniversary of 911, and also to raise some money for firefighters'


charity which is very close to our own hearts -- 15 th anniversary of


9/11. And you did the nature and came out this morning? Yes, that was


the only opportunity I had to be your -- you did the night shift and


intimate this morning. How much does this way? About 30 kilograms. It is


supposed to keep that heap insult obviously on the day, and it is


quite warm, it will be very hot -- keep the heat in Seoul obviously on


the day with it being quite warm it will be very hot. I am sure the team


will keep us right. Will you stick together? Yes, we start as a team,


and we finish as a team. Good luck to all of you and raise lots of


money. GABBY LOGAN: It is all getting a bit


rock 'n' roll. Ricky Wilson is here! Hello! I feel like I am in One


Direction! I like it. Yes, and the sun here is incredible. You did not


expect this? Beautiful and sunny, perfect running conditions. But


you're not running? Of course not, I forgot my kit and I didn't want to


do it in my pants! Peanut is running, and we are doing a gig


tonight, the official after party for the Great North Run, playing at


the arena. We have just released more tickets so some are available,


so come on down. Hopefully people's legs will not be too tired to jump


up and down and enjoy the night but I give everybody permission to take


tomorrow off work. The charities? Yes, one that got together to build


the centre here in the north-east. The benefit the north-east? Yes, I


think when you keep money in the area where it is raised it gets


people that incentive to try a little harder and we are keeping the


money in the area and are very proud to be part of it. You came on a tour


bus overnight from Berlin? Peanut hasn't slept and I haven't slept. We


played in Berlin last night, got a Ryanair flight, have been on a tour


bus... I am really proud of him. He is eating a banana now, getting


ready. His first marathon. Give us wave, Peanut. There he is. He looks


like he will actually smash this. He is hoping to do it in under 1.40 but


it depends how many autographs he has to say another way. I am


actually a bit jealous... I thought you would be. I am sure we can get


your kit for you, get something for you. But we have a gig at the Arena


later, and he is just the keyboard player. I have to preserve my


energy. And you will help us throughout the day as well. Yes,


preserve your energy. Yes, my TV career is really taking off! Well,


when you're working at BBC Sport you know you have made it! Let's get out


there, because Louise is very adept at this, you can take some tips from


her. I know you are pretty famous in these parts, but forgive me because


I do not know your band. But you're tuned in and ready to go? I am


robbed. Gem. Ricky. Mat. Who are you? Little comets. We are going to


do at half marathon while playing against, that is the plan. Guitar


playing and singing all the way from Newcastle to sunny South Shields.


Why did you choose your particular charity? Jim was a good friend of


ours. And he couldn't make it gig one time because he had cardiac


arrest so Rob became really good friends with Jim and Jim wanted us


to do a gig at his university, but instead we thought to raise more


money for organ donation we would do a half marathon and play guitar and


sing... That is crazy! You will join them in the latter stages of the


race? Yes, I am doing the last few yards. I have a bionic heart so it


will be quite a task for me but hopefully the percussion will be


good enough for these lives to finish in style! Yes, a fantastic


reason to take part today. Are you tuned in and ready to give me a bit


of a musical interlude? 2, numerically, 4...


# Language is dead, or so she believes


# I'm looking up, I'm socially bereaved


#... She lies on the border # One night in October... #.


They are not bad at all! Well done, guys. A round of applause!


GABBY LOGAN: I told you this year's Great North Run was very rock 'n'


roll. With me now... If you have a child or were born after the early


90s you will know this man's work. Terry Deary, the founder of the of


Horrible Histories and also our local man. Can I thank you as a


parent, and also as a consumer of what you do, because it is just


incredible, Horrible Histories? You buy the books so I should thank you.


Yes, but other people as well, bringing history alive for so many


young people. You are here today as a veteran of the Great North Run? A


veteran, sounds better than an old git... This is my 20th at the age of


70. It is just a wonderful experience. Something for club


runners like myself to aim for. And you're running for a special cause?


Campaign Canute, the Viking Centre, who were flooded out. Normally it is


for children with disabilities but this year it is a history one,


because they need to rebuild the centre, the Viking Centre, which


inspired me... I have been there many times and it is an amazing


place. It would be even better if people go. We are making you kind of


thing for your supper, because you have produced five excellent films


for us which have documented some Horrible Histories along the 13 mile


course, so we will look at the first which is just somewhere over there,


isn't it? Yes, on the other side of those trees. The Town Moor. The


Great North Run starts just over there alongside Newcastle's Town


Moor, and this was once the most horrible place in the city, because


this is the place where criminals were executed. In public. The


innocent as well as the guilty. The worst per version of Justice was in


1650 -- per version. A witch Hunter arrived from Scotland and offered to


point out any witches. The Putin said it corporation were not


thrilled. They sent out a man with a bell and invited anyone to name the


person they suspected. Verratti accused were tested by the witch


finder. -- Verratti accused. He stripped them to look for blemishes


on the skin and then put those to the test. If they bled they were


innocent but if they did not believe they were guilty and sentenced to


hang -- 30 accused. Of course it was fake test. The witch finder was


being paid 20 shillings for every which he found. 13 women and one man


were hanged here on the Town Moor 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 is a sort of justice but no


consolation for his innocent victims, or their families. Until


the middle of the 1800, this patch of land continued to be used for


public executions -- 1800s. It was known as the Gallows gate in the


east of the city, and to this day Newcastle United football club still


has a Gallowgate end. So you are in Newcastle United supporter? No, I am


from Sunderland! I am a Black Cat! Black Cat... Witch! Plenty Of


Newcastle United Fans Will Be Thinking They Have Seen The Grim


Reaper Of Relegation At The Gallowgate End One Too Many Times.


Yes, I Am Absolutely Gutted for them! You will see he is a Black Cat


a little later on because there are four brilliant films of places


around the course and you will see them throughout the morning. Thank


you so much, Terry, and hope you smash record today. I wonder Peanut


will be posting a new personal best out on the course. He is discussing


race tactics with Ricky Wilson, no doubt. Peanut, this is weird. I am


interviewing year. Very strange. You're running the Great North Run


today. Three great charities have joined forces to benefit the


north-east. Tell me about it? I am running for a foundation have been


-- who have been building a music therapy centre and also Teenage


Cancer Trust. We are also doing it for the run, rock and raise, for the


Arena this evening. Tonight we are playing in the arena and it is the


slightly official aftershow so there are more tickets released so come on


down. I am proud of you because last night we were playing in Berlin and


by hook or by crook we have got you and your running on very little


sleep? Yes, but it is the occasion. The atmosphere... I have never done


anything like this before. You can get a feel for what the course is


right with all these people. I cannot wait to get going. I am a bit


jealous because now I am here I am feeling the atmosphere, I want to


run. I am covered in Vassell in and ready to go but you will run it for


me. I am very proud of you to stop cheers -- covered in vaseline.


GABBY LOGAN: The women's elite is also full of talent...


I think most of us think it could be a real head-to-head between Vivian


Cheruiyot and Tirunesh Dibaba. The crowd rise and so they should. A


majestic performance from the Queen of distance running. Cheruiyot smelt


blood and then she pounced. There is no way the Ethiopian to come back.


The rest of the field will not be able to believe what they have just


taken part in. These women are the very best in their field. A


mouthwatering contest in store there. In both elite races though


the fields are loaded with talent so let's find out the thoughts and


insights from our commentators who are at the finish already. Welcome


to a gloriously sunny South Shields where thousands upon thousands of


runners will cross, before that we have the elite races and to look at


them we have steamed crab and Steve the women's race is more competitive


than the men's? We have two of the all-time greats and we have one


all-time great in the men's. One who has done this before, Tirunesh


Dibaba, she has won the marathon and the half marathon and has had a


glorious track career. And Vivien Cherry at who we saw win the gold in


the 5000 after silver on the 10,000 -- Cheruiyot. The first opportunity


to see if this is a future for her. An awful lot of people in the


running world are curious to see how Vivian copes with the distance.


Winning her Olympic title on 5000 was a great reward for what has been


a great career. This is really a different test for her and one


against Tirunesh Dibaba who showed us in Rio she is on her way back to


be as good as she has ever been. As for the men's, we know one man is


set to take all of the attention. An amazing performance by an amazing


man. The greatest we have ever seen. When does it sink in what you have


managed to achieve? It takes a little while and you go back home


and you look back, I watched the race and thing really I did that.


Incredible from Mo Farrah. From the kid who started at age 12 and having


ambition watching the Olympics in Sydney and then thinking and telling


yourself I want to become an Olympic champion and doing it in your


hometown and then four years later, it's incredible, there are no words


to explain. You must have that feeling of satisfaction knowing all


the hard work has paid off? I know I gave it all I could in training and


there was not a day I missed. I worked as hard as I could and waited


six months away from the family. When you line up I tell myself, if a


better man beats today, let it be because there is not much more you


can do. What are the kids like when you show them the medals? Be


interested for a few seconds? A few seconds and that's it. London 2017,


going back to the place we had magical moments, it could happen


again? Just thinking about 2017I get nervous and excited and I would like


to end my career on track on a high. It's like the story is written for


you, it'd be a perfect ending. It's never goes to plan. Months leading


up to it, you get ill, you get little niggles and you fall. Mo has


fallen. I was panicking, people didn't see that but I thought my


race has done and it took me three or four laps to get back into it but


the trainers are talking to me saying it's OK you can get through


it. And I just gave a thumbs up. Mo Farrah wins the Great North Run


defends his title and their bitters. What's it like to be back in a place


where you have great success? I love it here. After my major races in


terms of the world and the Olympics, I like to finish up on the quayside


and get great support from the public. One more race I tell myself.


You have one at the last two years, no one has ever won three in a row


so how about that, another piece of history? It is possible. It is going


to be hard. But hopefully I can enjoy it and use the crowd as much


as I can. Great to see you here and enjoy Sunday. Double Olympic


champion. I can't believe it. He says it is going to be hard, in no


sporting event is it a foregone conclusion. I think this is his to


win. He has the opportunity as was said there is the chance to win


three times in a row and he has had an incredible summer but assuming


everything would go well in Rio, he was or was wanting to come here and


capped it off. I think the field is against him, there are a few runners


who are experienced, he could trip up and fall down in this one, it is


a question of how fast he wants to go and how much of a show he wants


to put on. Great weather today with a breeze behind them so it's pretty


much up to him how fast he goes. Here is the thing, 33 now, what is


his best distance, we have seen him from 1500 all the way up to


marathon. Where is his best? What he's doing on the track. He is


winning at 5000 and 10000 and there nobody yet has shown they are


capable of beating him so we will see him do that in London next time


at the World Championships next year but he is after a fresh challenge.


He rightfully is probably thinking I don't want to be caught out down the


line so it is a big opportunity for him. A half marathon is OK but we


even saw the world half marathon where he was beaten, I think he has


a big future whether or not the marathon in Tokyo is the right


thing, that remains to be seen. We will see and will it be a hatchery


of victories for him today. You wouldn't bet against him today. I am


looking forward to seeing the crowds coming out and giving their


appreciation. What a wonderful opportunity to show just how


appreciative we all are. The crowds are making their way down now to the


start line. Shaking their limbs, eating cereal bars and drinking


protein drinks. It is a fantastic festival of running. In the midst of


a tool, we may forgot to mention as well as the mass runners as an elite


runners, there are plenty of famous faces. George W Bush, Steven


Gerrard, Tony Blair, they are not running by Jon Culshaw is and he can


be all things to all men and Ricky Wilson caught up with them. Now how


are you doing? Not too bad. I've been involved with various marathon


sessions with you, usually in a pub, this is a half marathon for charity,


are you excited? I am, I am nervous but in a good way. The spirit here


is amazing. I'm going to be relying on that I think. When you run around


and people cheer you on it gives you a buzz that you are doing it for a


very good cause, can you tell us about it? The John egging trust. He


was the red Arrow pilot who lost his life at the show a few years down


the trust was set up by his wife Emma and it is there to help and


mental young people to reach the best potential they can -- Jon


Egging. And running at an amazing event. How are you going to get


through this, will you be channelling any runners? Brendan


Foster making his commentary over there and not Sebastian Coates. --


Sebastian Coates. I have been running on and off since the school


cross-country team, I have done the blackboard ten K a few times so I


will keep that in mind and hopefully have some good experience.


John everybody. Cheer remand Jon Egging, a very important trust. I'm


sure Michael Johnson would think of that, we would have to give him the


clip. It is great to see so many famous faces lending their support


to charity, raising profile as well as fans amongst the 57,000 today and


what glorious conditions they have. Temperatures are really getting on


to the likes of 18, it'll be fantastic for the elite runners,


some slower paced runners might find it a bit tougher as they head down


to the seaside at South Shields. At the moment they are all excited and


there will be people who have never done it before there. There are


plenty of veterans and of course there is a real -- wheelchair race.


Great Britain do very good at the Paralympics over the field in the


wheelchair race not as strong as some years because our best athletes


are competing for gold and glory but it is about to get and perhaps these


the stars of the future he will make this journey now from Newcastle to


South Shields. That is the Lord Mayor of Newcastle who has them on


their way. They are leading the way and of course it is the elite women


who will go off next in a few minutes time before we see them, I'm


delighted to say I've been joined in the studio here with Lord Sebastian


Coe David Rhodesia who will get everybody on their way along with


Amy Tinkler. The local Olympian who won a bronze in Rio. Would you make


of today David? It's great to be here and to be part of this


wonderful big half marathon. It's amazing. I was teasing him yesterday


saying in a few years' time when he has lost a bit of speed, he might


fancy coming here, you were supposed to be running it? I was I'm a bit


frustrated today. I'm delighted to be here as a spectator but I started


training quite hard fritz which probably tells you I shouldn't of


been doing it. What happened? About a week ago it all started to not


work suddenly and I ended up with a low back and decided it was probably


better to be a spectator. I ignored the advice I gave everybody for


years. And I didn't follow it. There is a huge appreciation here, what


did you make of David's gold in Rio? They were different races. His


performance in London for me was the performance of the games at any


event and I was just delighted to see him successfully double up and


win again in Rio because he is the best 800-metre runner of all time.


David we are getting off in a few seconds time, final words of advice


for anybody out there? Actually unite in sports, all you have to do


is your best. For the athlete I know they have prepared. Smiling like you


as well. Thank you David and said they will be joined by a meeting so


let's hand you over to the commentary team now.


COMMENTATOR: Thank you Gabby. Good morning everybody on a beautiful day


as everybody has been saying. We are looking forward to welcoming


everybody to South Shields for the finish including our elite athletes


already on the line. The women not too far away from their start and we


were in the preview talking about the quality of the field here. We


spoke about the two big names but also Joyce Chepkirui, second in the


New York half marathon earlier this year and a swift 67.41, Colin was


champion at 10,000 metres. Former winner she won here a few years ago,


Priscah Jeptoo. Eight in the London Marathon earlier this year. She was


not selected for the Kenyan team. Pretty disappointed. Gemma Steel.


Gemma has flirted with the marathon, the half marathon is certainly an


event she has done well at. Third best ever.


Gemma will be hoping to lead the British contingent today. And then


as we saw, one of the all-time great if not the best, certainly on track,


Tirunesh Dibaba, one in 2012 and has got real potential still on the


roads despite everything she has done on the track. Joining her


finally with an Olympic title, Cheruiyot, one of the greatest ever


athletes in Kenya, she took the 5,000-metre title after being second


in the 10,000. The elite women have the roads all to themselves to begin


with. Big smiles from Seb. Come on, Seb.


The elite women finally get under way and a lot of support from them.


They will be making up 50% of the main field for the Great North Run.


A few others out there to look for, Alyson Dixon, who of course


represented Great Britain in the marathon, and in the blue with the


sunglasses right behind Gemma Steel, Charlotte Purdue. Charlotte again,


one of our bright young talents over recent years, trying to move up and


tried to make a team in Rio in the marathon, as indeed did Lily


Partridge as well. But on a day like today when the weather is so good,


perfect conditions for running fast if they chose to do it. Slight


breeze as well. It could be an intriguing race for Cheruiyot and


Tirunesh Dibaba. The names, scrolling through, Lily Partridge,


she could well go pretty well today, Freya Ross... And if we are thinking


about times on a day like this, I am not sure whether Dibaba and


Cheruiyot are thinking about times, but the course record, who won the


last two years, 65.39, from Mary. I am not sure if we will get that but


let's hope for a pretty quick race. I will try to guide you through


this... Overall, and you can see the elevation there, they do drop in


distance. Nice downhill section over the Tyne Bridge, then past Gateshead


International Stadium. On the dual carriage, passing the crowds there,


then in about six miles they take the time passed my old track at


Jarrow, at the seven, eight mile point, then this is where it gets a


little bit of a drag up, then South Shields and they will be able to


smell the sea and drop steeply down along the Leas and find us here at


the finish. I am delighted to see... And these cameras are coming from


our helicopter, of course, and the other helicopter which can carry


more people and more weight brought Brendan and Paula, who have made it


into the commentary box. Safe journey, guys. Well done. Yes, great


view of the course and of sunny South Shields, waiting here... Lets


get Paula and throat lozenge! Brendan, I know you have had the odd


bit of bad weather over the years, but what a day-to-day? Yes, a lovely


day, Steve. Vivian Cheruiyot in the blue dress, just behind Gemma Steel.


What a glorious performance it was of horrors and the Olympic Games. A


personal best in the 10,000 metres. I spoke to the other day and she


said, I thought after that I would never win an Olympic gold medal but


then in the 5000 metres things turned around and she was able to


win that elusive gold medal so no Vivian Cheruiyot, Olympic career


almost behind her, embarks on this road and it will be interesting to


see what she does. As we look down on the elite women, with all the


great achievements you will hear about today, one stands clear of the


rest, Claire Lomas, who suffered serious injury following from a


horse in 2007, which left her paralysed from the chest down. On


Wednesday she started the Great North Run course wearing these


supporting legs to help her stand. Every step a deliberate and


difficult effort but she has completed the Great North Run today,


after five days. She did the London Marathon. Channelled round England


on hand operated bicycle and she has raised ?500,000 for spinal research.


She is also currently expecting her second child. He was Colin Jackson


to give her her medal and never has one be more deserved. I think of all


the medals we saw in Olympics, but this is how special it is... I am


worn out! How fantastic does it feel at the end, Claire? Amazing. I am


worn out! I will just be pleased to sit down. It has been hard, really


hard, but the support has been incredible. The Great North Run


team. The donations, my support team, Dan, in particular, holding me


up. It is hilly out there, and everyone helped me get through, my


little girl, and everyone, really, my mum and dad. I met many of them


yesterday and of course we bumped into each other in the list and you


were getting the final preparations in your mind. Was it really as tough


as you thought? Cover, and more! It has been extra tough because I did


not train as much as I wanted to. I'm actually 16 weeks pregnant as


well -- tougher, and more. It made it even tougher. I was not very well


this summer. Have been sick all the time and could not get into it as


much as I wanted. There were times, where I just don't know... It rubbed


me in a few places, the straps, and I questioned a few times whether I


would actually be here today so I am absolutely over the moon. This will


be a really hard question. Anything else planned? At this level? I will


pop the baby out first! And I tell you what, that is a challenge!


Having two! One drives me mad, but two! That will be a challenge. It be


four years to get over the London Marathon, five


years to get over having a baby and they seem to have forgotten both are


now doing them both again, so you never know! You know what, I have a


special medal for a certain person who is behind you and has been


working so hard. Do you think he deserves it? Yes, but he has to run


it next year! Yes, I will give him his medal. Congratulations, well


done, and, really, get the support from the crowd. You thoroughly


deserve it. Kagiso much. Well done to Claire. I was listening to her


this morning being interviewed on five live by colleagues -- thank you


so much. She explained to Colin how hard she was finding it but


congratulations to her, a great reception for her down at the finish


with thousands of people are already gathered, and they have plenty of


sun cream, which is good. They do not have some cream shops normally


in South Shields, but the ones who do have been doing a roaring trade!


-- they do not normally have sun cream. It is lowest year but we are


expecting to pick up a little bit. Paula, probably not unusual


considering Tirunesh and Vivian fresh from Rio, feeling through


these early miles. Yes, just taking some time to settle into the race.


The first mile is slightly downhill so is usually a bit quicker than


that but I think perhaps signs that Charlotte Purdue and those up at the


front, Alyson Dixon, they would have been expecting to hold up at the


back of the front group early on and are pushing on the pace a little bit


there to try to get the race moving. I think it will come down to the


likes of Priscah Jeptoo to get it moving in the early stages.


Cheruiyot and Dibaba did run hard in Rio and although they have the


potential to run 65 minutes, on this course, whether they wanted today,


and Vivian particularly on her debut, we will see, but certainly


not setting out with the pace to challenge that. They have come up


with a fairly steep rise onto the Tyne Bridge. The crowds are


gathering there of course with a great vantage point. A lot of them


will attempt, once they have seen their friends and the elite runners


go by, they will then try to get themselves down to the finish as


well. But a great vantage point, so the Tyne Bridge, Brendan, you can


fill us in on this. There is an emoji here, so firstly can you


explain to everyone what an emoji is? Yes, they are on your phone. It


is an emoji and a lot of the young audience will know exactly what


you're talking about and left saw what I am speaking about, but there


they format, crossing the Tyne Bridge, the famous site. -- via the


go. Runners of repute and of talent and eventually you will see the


masses coming across there but for the moment, looking at the field,


the only thing you would look at as an athlete would be the competition.


The times for a half marathon, some wonderful ones we have seen, but


when you look at Vivian Cheruiyot and Tirunesh Dibaba, two of the


world's greatest female distance runners we have ever seen, you would


think the battle between those two and the finishing order between


those two, finishing second and third in the Olympic Games in the


10,000 metres, you would imagine who comes first, it will be and even


more interesting question. As you can see Cheruiyot dart through to


move a bit closer to the leader. As you can see Cheruiyot


darts leader. Paula, I am just trying to work out


Alyson 's vest. Can you fill us in? Yes, I got a text last night from


her asking for a spear vest because she had forgotten her is, so that is


why it looks a bit like a dress on her!


LAUGHTER Goodness me. I suppose she had other


things to think about. Anyway, it is all happening at the front of the


women's race but also let's find out about what is happening back at the


start. Right, I am joined here by Kevin and Michael, footballers. You


want to do this in about 90 minutes, 90 minutes of running around, you're


used to it? Not for me! I used to get substituted before 90 minutes


but I... Yes, if I get round about that time, I will be happy! But it


is just running in a straight line, not all over the place, and you


don't even have a ball! As you know, it hurts, it hurts like heck! Every


part of your body, but it is for a great cause and I think there are


57,000 people out today, which is great. Which great cars are you


doing it for today? Cardiac risk in the young, so to raise a bit of


money on the way will be good. And yourself? Yes, a great man in


football and a great cause, to raise ?2 million in the last eight years,


raise new equipment and raise awareness to beat cancer. When I


have run a marathon before, you know, the atmosphere, you're kind of


use to that, so how would you get through today? The last two or three


miles, they will have to put me through it, because I am not used to


this and I will struggle. I will probably get booed for the first


five miles in Newcastle but once I get through and into Sunderland they


should cheer for me. It is incredible, 57,000 people doing it,


but there must be 200,000 people watching right round the course


which is incredible really. I will wait at the end and have a couple of


bits for you and then we will have a party tonight. Good luck, gents.


Great causes. See you later. Mickey great, great to see he runs every


year. Not a bad run, does very well every single year -- Grey. He's a


good footballer as well, isn't he? Played for a good team. Who was


that? Sunderland! You're outnumbered today. Me and Terry Deary are


gearing up on you. At least you guys are winning. Are you on Match Of The


Day? No, you're not any more. At the front we have the sprint, and the


Gateshead Stadium, it is coming in, at three males, but not particularly


quick for the second mile. Paula, the very fact that everybody is


still there are... I can understand Cheruiyot, as you said, first half


marathon, feeling her way through little bit, but Joyce Chepkirui ran


pretty well in New York earlier in the year, in pretty good shape, or


Priscah Jeptoo, one of those, we thought could maybe break and a


little earlier and get things moving a bit? I would have thought so.


Priscah Jeptoo probably did not run as well as she would have expected


to, as well as we expected her to, in the London Marathon earlier this


year, so perhaps she is not the ship she was the year before, a couple of


years ago here, she also knows she's capable of a very fast bit in the


middle of the race. Two years ago I think it was, we saw her run that


split in the middle portion of this race, so she can do that to break


the race up, but I would certainly expect the likes of heart or Joyce


Chepkirui to push the pace on early and kind of take the race a little


bit to the leaders because once we get into that last five kilometres


if those two are anywhere near the front it is not really going to go


any other way you today, so they should challenge them to take the


race to them, and I think that is why we can see Eloise Wellings there


at the front, pushing on the pace, and Gemma Steel alongside her, just


trying to keep the race moving at a decent


Louise Welling is one of those who followed her home -- Eloise


Wellings. Eloise running very well, getting a top ten in the Olympics is


a great performance. There is Gateshead Stadium. They're just


coming alongside the scene of so many international athletics


meetings over the year. The English schools was held there this year. It


was a great event. 40 years ago this year, he made his first appearance


and his first international race, he ran the mile race against John Moore


who was coming back as Olympic champion and Dave Moorcroft and he


led until the last laugh and it wasn't until he got to the bell went


Dave Moorcroft said you have to get after him and it was only a young


lad at university then. He was only 19 but he started his career there


and was talking affectionately about last night. Sap has a significant


birthday coming up let's just say it begins with a six. -- Seb. Back at


the start everybody lining up no need for the extra clothing on a day


like this. All getting nicely warmed up by the sunshine and a great


atmosphere here and I think the news has someone with her now. I'm here


with Ryan McLeod who has a pretty impressive cast today. The


pacemaker? Yes I am working for Duracell today. I will be running


with the masses and setting the pace around seven minute mile and


hopefully get everybody to finish on time. That's a huge honour? Because


I'm really looking forward to it. It's nice to be in the Masters,


normally I'm in the elite field so I will have to slow myself down and


take it easy. A stroll in the park. What is the time you are setting?


One hour 35. And your best is? One hour four. Sold rural stroll in the


park. Yes. I imagine you don't want to overcook it today? Yes I will use


a GPS watch to keep me on track to make sure I'm not going to quit


because I don't want to make it too fast and too hard but everybody


knows I will be at a seven minute mile there or thereabouts. You have


a very special connection to the run? A family connection. My dad was


the winner of the first and second great Northern run so that bit of a


tradition to the Great North Run. Have you got your pinkies with the?


I have right here. -- pink ears. I will get a lot of abuse for this.


Great to talk to. Ryan's dad Mickey winning in 1981,


some of us were in that race. A long time ago, it was a great day and I


don't think anybody knew what it would grow into. It certainly lived


up to the name since. And you beat me, I'm happy to say that. I was


queueing you up there. In the women's now breaking up a little


bit, Gemma Steel with the long ponytail, they have run the third


mile so it is picked up a bit, still not really fast running both. A 5.10


pace would be quick. It's about that. A little bit quicker 5.09 is


67 and a half pace. So when I say 510 is 68. Can I talk to you because


I'm going a hard time with my maths are. We have seen how sharp shears


with this. But she used to it out herself when she was running because


she had no pacemakers and when you get beyond five miles, the maths


becomes quite difficult. They are running a bit quicker now, a little


quicker so Joyce Chepkirui, Cheruiyot, I'm just looking at


Dibaba, her performance in Rio got overlooked a little bit, the world


record ahead of an Cheruiyot running so well but it was a real sign that


she has become a mum last year and that it is still in there?


Definitely we watch Terry Manchester on the ten K on the road and you


could see the runner issue was that she was not back to that level but


what she did in Rio was run a personal best, run very close to the


old world record and get herself a medal and be extremely competitive


in one of the best 10,000 races we have ever seen is that was a big


step for her confidence wise and getting back to this level so to be


able to come into the race on the back of that and know that she has


the half marathon experience that Vivien Cheruiyot doesn't have, that


is why we are seeing now maybe if it's more confidence of the leading


group of five, just biding her time and not using any extra energy and


Cheruiyot on the yellow that hard to miss on the inside but looks very


economical and efficient. When she was talking about the real Olympics


-- Rio Olympics, she said we were running together and it was only


when we had the stadium announcer telling us the lap times of the


leader, she started running more and I thought my goodness, she is


slowing down. But she said when I crossed the line I couldn't remember


whether I had passed her and was in first place or whether she had


already finished. She said she was so committed in the race but she


said time thinking during the race when she became Olympic champion


that she has to look forward to taking his eye could be the last


chance to win an Olympic gold medal. Ayala remembers her going past, it


was a decisive move which really took the last wind in her lungs away


from her. That group starting to split a little bit, some pressure


applied by Cheruiyot in her first half marathon and Joyce Chepkirui at


the back of the group may be struggling a little bit. Very early


stages as they go towards the roundabout but already some


significant moves being made in the women's race. Meanwhile they are


four miles down the road back on the Central motorway next to tell more.


Mo Farrah of course will be introduced to the crowd along with a


few others on the official start line with the elite start line. I


was saying earlier in the preview when Andrew and I were having a


chat, this is really Mo 's race today. David McNeill Australia. It'd


be interesting to see how he goes in his first half marathon. The Aussies


having a resurgent at that distance running. A man who knows Mo Farrah


so well, Chris Thomson, a long-time friend and training partner. Chris


chased motorhome in the European Championships in 2010 and watched


him go on since then. Emmanuel Bett, 33 years of age and he is always a


solid performer the Kenyan. Had some good years around 2012 and again


didn't make the team. So hard to make the Kenyan team and the same


can be said for days and written home the Olympic team didn't work


out for him in the American trials which were held in January or early


February -- Dathan Ritzenhein. He fell in the 10,000 metres and the


kind words he got. Everyone is ready, they all shop a lot closer to


the starting line. We have two special starter set, David Rhodesia


and Amy Tinkler, the local girl is with David. He fires the gun and the


2016 Great North Run is underway. Mo Farrah the red-hot favourite and I'm


sure all of these people will go home tonight and say I raced Mo


Farrah today and I let him win. It is a wonderful aspect of these big


races that you get to line up with the best in the world. We might not


see much of them but at least you can say you started the race. Away


they go down and we will watch these great scenes every single year as


they streamed through this start. The well oiled machine that make


sure everybody starts off safely and gets away in a manner which


hopefully allows them to have a great day out there, whether they


are running from a personal best or whether they are running as so many


of them are to raise money for various causes, some of them very


close to their own lives, some of them have been asked to help out.


Offers some for whom this is the first time they have done anything


like this. Rusher or four song. This year, there is Amy, a bronze medal.


I remember doing a piece of her earlier in the year when she was


talking about Rio and she did not believe winning a medal was up for


her but well done. It is being pointed out she is wearing a wrist


supports because she's worried about all the high-fiving and clapping.


And she needs those wrist to work. I was talking to her this morning and


she is from her way to the gym from here. I said you can have a few


weeks off? She said no if you are a gymnast you have to carry on


Marussia loser skills. Out there today thousands of people -- or you


lose your skills. All of the amazing charities. David Rhodesia was giving


advice, don't clap everyone David you will be hurting. My daughter


Catherine is out there running and my sister Anna who used to run with


you guys is out running so good luck to Katherine and Anna. We'll be


tracking them en route. I want to say good luck as well. We were


talking about our earlier running days and one of my neighbours Kevin


Allen is out there with his wife Catherine. His 12 Great North Run


and raising money for pancreatic Cancer UK. Catherine running in


memory of her first husband Phil who died back in 2003. There is the


queue at the back. Those runners and athletes lining up, they'll almost a


mile away from the start line you can see both sides of the


carriageway, the race is underway. There are a hell of a lot more there


waiting to get going as we panned down, we see the crowds they're


getting ready to move and the good news is they have their chips on


their ankles and they'll be timed as they go through but here we are,


this will take 45 minutes for them to get to the starting line. There


are a lot of people lined up, a lot of the walking gently towards the


start and there you can see just beginning to move as they get


through the starting line and there they are, on their journey, 13.1


miles to go. It seems a bit warm, it is bright today. There is the centre


of Newcastle emptying as they head to the seaside.


The central motorway widening through the centre of Newcastle city


centre. And then down to the Tyne Bridge. A very quick start for them


where the women by contrast are making their way towards White


Manipal where they take a sharp left, they went through five miles


and they have gone a little quicker but still not too quick. Tirunesh


Dibaba is still there, we wondered whether she was struggling a little


bit but I think she is staying quiet as we might say during this part of


the race letting Joyce Chepkirui and Cheruiyot, they are not forging the


pace but they are keeping the upfront. Just charity work out


whether there is a breeze out there and she is trying to get what


shelter she could. This certainly for a moment she was not happy and


she was looking to check he was right behind her and now she is a


little bit happier that Tirunesh Dibaba is beside her. She looks


comfortable and looks to be letting the others just get the race moving


and not really getting anything special for using up too much energy


early on in the race. They will kind of beer left a little


then start to turn towards the seafront as they approached six


miles of the women's race -- veer left. The women have started much


quicker and everything we have been saying about the men, Mo Farah the


big favourite to win this, and as I said at the beginning it is really


interesting how fast Mo was to start today, but at least they have


started pretty quickly on the job around -- group around him have made


sure it will not be an easy job in the first couple of miles -- the men


have started faster. What he said to me, must be tired by now, surely. He


has been running quite well so says he will run for his money but at the


end of the day we will find out as the miles on fold how tired Mo is as


they leave the city centre, towards the Tyne Bridge, heading towards


South Shields here at the finish line with thousands and thousands of


people -- as the miles on fault. It will be a long time before the race


ends, but there is a thin Ritzenhein heading towards the Tyne Bridge. You


can see the figure of the USA athlete getting ready to run the New


York Marathon in a few weeks' time -- Dathan Ritzenheim. Mo Farah's


years will be so if he stays on that side of the track because of the


crowd roaring. Chris Thompson in the red vest is just behind Ritzenheim,


making a race of this. A pretty good pace being set in the early stages


of the men's race, as they come across the Tyne Bridge on a


beautiful day such as this. So they will not have time for the views but


it is a great view looking up and down the river. Yesterday we were


there of course for the city games and the junior runs and it was


absolutely rammed. We have been blessed with the weather this


weekend which is absolutely wonderful. When they come back the


Tyne Bridge of course Darren to the south side of the River Tyne towards


Gateshead, towards Jarrell and then to South Shields, as we said, but


the crowd is really building on the Tyne Bridge and of course it will


take quite a long time for the whole failed to come across the bridge and


soon you will not be able to see the road surface at all -- down to the


south side of the River Tyne towards Gateshead, towards Jarrell. We will


be hearing more around all the different countries being


represented this year, a wonderful race which has grown from being a


local event to regional, national, and now hugely international event,


not just in the elite races, of course but right down throughout the


field. The various little groups starting to form. Good club athletes


as well, and a pretty good pace being set. That is why I think the


early group will break it. If they keep running at this pace there will


not be too many in that league group early on. It equals the pace set by


the course record run are in 2011 of 58.50 six. If we keep at that pace


they are definitely on for a personal best for pretty much


everybody in this group including Mo Farah -- 58.56. Dathan Ritzenheim


has been quite a lot of time at the top of this sport, winning as a


junior, they're developing into an outstanding track runner, ran


American records, over 5000 metres. He knows Mo Farah very well, trained


together with him in Oregon for a long time. He will want to take the


race to Mo and he knows Mo will come to this race extremely ready and in


extremely good shape, but he also wants to be able to go away knowing


he gave it his best shot and took the race to Mo little bit. You


cannot blame him running like this because the question is, has Mo


recovered sufficiently from Rio? He has had a bit of rest since Rio, but


now the women's race is getting competitive, Tirunesh Dibaba sitting


at the back of that group quite nicely, Vivian Cheruiyot looks to be


full of the running to me. She was really anticipating this race and


looking forward to a longer career at long-distance, too. And you can


see the ten kilometre has just been completed and you can see the time


there, but the previous mile was 4.57, and I would say it as


quickest, you drop down and then take a left as they come now towards


Jarrow, but that just shows the race really have started to get moving


and Dibaba is still there which is good, still working a little bit.


Eloise Wellings is a good 80, 90 metres behind at this point, and


that has really just happened in one mile. So through 10K this race is


really starting to hot up. But that is a fast mile and you know when you


have been running 5.30s and 5.20s, then the one that, and you could say


I suppose she's in a 65 second lap in the middle of the final, but it


can upset it and you have to settle down after that. Because you cannot


keep it up all the way to the finish. No, but if it is a slightly


downhill stretch you can take advantage of the momentum you can


build up to increase the stride length a little bit, it is a


turnover of the turnover was a bit, quicker mile. Where that evens out


is if you do try to maintain that then on the flag into the slight


incline that will follow because that will start to do damage, and


you can see Eloise Wellings there is just not able to go with that


increased turnover and pace because she was already operating fairly


close to her maximum level, whereas these girls were within their


maximum and were just able to adapt to that, and then you can see Jeptoo


checking her watch there, are we running a little bit quicker? Or


perhaps she is trying to gauge how much longer she has to run in the


race, because that is the other difference. The Kenyan athletes, a


lot of the time, instead of looking for mile markers along the course,


they just think I will roughly four around about 66, 67 minutes, and run


as hard as I can for time. Whilst the approach seven males, back at


the start -- while the approach. And David Rudisha is still doing a grand


job... He is getting me nervous... Well, he has no more races and even


if he does he doesn't need to use his arms! It is great to see him


here. I thought he ran very well yesterday, by the way, that 500


metres, 7.7, very fast, so he is a big hero. I am not sure he gets as


much of the international recognition that he probably


deserves, the respect he has within the sport however is immense. It is


great to see him here, and Amy Tinkler as well, great memories from


Rio for both of them. So many people that are out there running for great


causes. I mentioned Alex Murray who is running and approaching ?3000,


well done to her, and Susan Bell running for the Teenage Cancer


Trust, good luck to her as well. There we are, three mile point,


Gateshead Stadium, you can see the athletes in the background running


past the stadium. Good luck to Simon June, who is running for Cancer


Care, and his wife Jo died recently. We know she will be with you every


step of the week, Simon. Setting out pretty quickly here. They did slow


the second mile to 4.40, but Mo Farah happily just tucked into the


grid there which is where he will stay for an awful long time, I am


pretty sure. And that group is not too big. Chris Thompson, good to


see, he has really been coming back into some good form, Chris. So he


has thrown himself into this. 14.16, 5K, and Abdi, the training partner


of Mo Farah who follows him around and does all of his work-outs with


him, was there with them in fontanelle preparing for Rio, he is


still there, and Scott Overall is leading the next great -- Fonteneau.


Early stages in the name's race. And Ritzenheim, as Brendan was


mentioning earlier, thinking, let's just have a little pest and see


whether or not Mo is up for this. I think the big question is whether


Ritzenheim can keep running at a strong enough pace for long enough


to start having a real impact, if you like. It is really easy to run


the first four, five miles hard, but it is what happens after that. If


you look at them, Ritzenheim, Chris Thompson, this is exactly what they


should be doing, making it fast. They know Mo has come through the


mental and physical trials of the Olympic Games and they are both in


awe of him and respect him hugely as the world's greatest distance runner


of the moment but they also know he is human, that he sometimes can't


hire, and really this is exactly what you want to do. Dathan


Ritzenheim, Chris Thompson, Emmanuel Bett, and Mo Farah, although with a


lot more support than the others. They are all being cheered on but


that extra special cheer for Mo who is a national hero. A total distance


running legend. I think for Chris Thompson out here as well today


there is a little bit of frustration being taken out of this race. The


last time we saw him on British TV he was very disappointed with his


finish in the London Marathon, but at the same time proud of himself


for what he was able to achieve that day after the very limited and very


difficult build-up he had through injury, so he has got himself


healthy, has worked hard over the summer, and I think he wants to come


out here and have a good run today and kind of underlying the progress


he has made over the summer, so it will be nice to see him run quick


today. Kieran Kennedy well in his last race, the seven miles, and that


probably give a good indication... Unita kind of have the confidence


that your last couple of races have gone OK to either go with this --


you kind of need to have. He must be feeling good and confident. I am not


sure he would have liked Dathan to go quite as hard as this, perhaps 15


seconds slower through the first five kilometres would have suited


him better and the fact he has gone to the back of this group as they


take the rise up this kind of undulating section towards the


roundabout... Ritzenheim just keeping the pace on the front. -- at


the front. As I said earlier, a few minutes ago, it would not take long


before you could not see the road surface of the Tyne Bridge, and that


was really the picture that went around the UK then eventually round


the world in those early years that made people want to come back and


take part in this. The Tyne Bridge, even though it is in the very early


stages of the race, it has become the picture that everybody


associates with the Great North Run. And many are still waiting. About


three, four minutes, ago, I had a note saying about 16,000 across the


starting line and it is probably about 20 now, David Rashid are


there, so plenty left to go. -- David Rudy show there. Plenty of


people come to the finish, park their car, then get themselves to


the start line. Do they go on the metro in that fancy dress? No, they


were beamed up, or something! Star Trek! Or is it Star Wars? She is


correcting you again, it is like being at home on a Sunday morning!


Yes, I will have to do my homework more! She is going on a quiz show


tomorrow so I will not mention that... If she doesn't do well I


will give her a hard time. Ant and Dec, great to see them out there.


News from the women's race is I said you would not keep running 4.57s,


but they did, they went 4.54, through the seventh mile, then threw


mile eight, really quick running, picking up to such an extent that


Dibaba is definitely struggling now and Cheruiyot may be sensing that,


giving this place going. Yes, Cheruiyot looks really good and


easy. On her debut I think she either comes in thinking, I will sit


back and let the more experienced half marathon girls take it out


early on, or I will go out with the attitude that I have nothing to


lose, really. If I get the pace, judgment a little wrong on my first


time, well, it is my debut, but I know I'm in good shape, the best


shape I have ever been in, and she is just enjoying the run out here.


Her first real experience. She has run a ten mile, but her first real


experience of a mass road race, the support you get on the bus that can


give you along the route. This section here, the pace has picked up


and running fast. Dibaba has obviously realise that and Vivian


realising this... This is a tough mile, slightly uphill. She is


probably thinking, I am feeling good, pace is good, I am running at


the front, then all of a sudden you come into a mile that is a bit


tougher than the ones you have just been running so I just wonder


whether or not Tirunesh Dibaba is There are very close race indeed.


Mark Telford to get ahead of Brett Crossley. Mark Telford went out


early and took the lead and built it up and then Crossley was closing in


but Telford takes it, the man from Perth in Scotland ahead of Brett


Crossley believes athletes, the future Paralympic on. Maybe came a


bit too early in his development for the Olympics that Mark Telford the


winner of the wheelchair race in the Great North Run. Great race from


them, just to continue that point about Dibaba, Cheruiyot has that


offer bit. The gaps have opened slightly but if you look at the


front, you are seeing Tirunesh Dibaba, the greatest female athlete


of all time, three Olympic gold medals, three Olympic bronze medals,


no female has individually won more medals than that in the Olympic


Games. Next to her the Olympic 5,000-metre champion, Tirunesh


Dibaba was the previous champion that then Vivian went ahead to win


the Olympic 5000. We are looking at two legends of female long-distance


running and these athletes are now getting ready after wonderful track


is to move onto the road. Today the half marathon is a first step and


suddenly after 45 minutes of running, Tirunesh Dibaba suddenly


comes to life and this is the closest and most competitive we have


seen her so far. The now have another little downhill bit and then


goes up again to the roundabout. Tirunesh is just looking who is


behind her, there is only Joyce Chepkirui and Vivian Cheruiyot so


just back onto the incline. Dibaba maybe sensing Vivian went a bit too


early. I think it was a little bit of subtle mind games, coming up the


incline, Tirunesh Dibaba sensed Vivian Cheruiyot had made a move and


was then just backing off a tiny bit so she easily glides alongside her


as if to say I'm still here, that hasn't done a lot of damage to me,


but now I've let you know I'm here, I'm just going to drop to the back


again. Vivian Cheruiyot pushes on again and tries again just to turn


the screw a little more and get daylight opening up between herself


and Dibaba. It is real cut and man. -- Mall. All of a sudden as they


crested that thrives Dibaba on the downhill section. This will be


because there is a fair bit of up and down, if you feel good on the


uphill bits and you want to push on and you think your opponent is


struggling on the puppets and tend to take the downhill better, there


is eventual drop when they come onto the seafront. The men's race down to


three already, Chris Thomson has dropped off, this is a good pace by


Dathan Ritzenhein. He is doing a very worst thing on his behalf. Now


he's doing what he said he would do and he's going to make more run for


his money. Emmanuel Bett in second place and Mo Farrah inverts the


men's down to three. It is getting competitive now and I am impressed


with data and written home, he is running strongly and well -- Dathan


Ritzenhein. He's preparing for the New York Marathon and I think you


came here wanting to run hard and make it a hard tempo, he struggled a


little bit to run to his potential in the marathon and he struggled a


bit to get the fuel and right and drinking right so he definitely is


using this as a test and as a build and he wants to go into New York


City in eight weeks and run well. Meanwhile at the Tyne Bridge,


friends of the Great North Run, great friends of the Great North


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


flight path as they have done for so many years now, all the way back to


2002, they have come every single year and a very welcome indeed. A


resplendent day such as today, we get a spectacular view of their


skill and expertise and we will be seeing more of them a little bit


later on. Interestingly Dibaba struggling as


they go through 15 K. That is a roundabout 15.30 which is very quick


for a five K section and that is why Dibaba is struggling. She made the


little move in a gesture to try and get the pace to back off a little


bit and intimidate the other two to do that because before I thought it


was Priscah Jeptoo struggling to stay with the increasing pace but


now it is Dibaba who lack the gap to open up and that is hard because


she's running on her own and she can see the two ahead of and is working


hard to close the gap and get back to them but is not making any


inroads. In fact it is growing slightly. Around about 15 metres


between Tirunesh Dibaba and the leading pair here of Vivian


Cheruiyot and Priscah Jeptoo. Priscah Jeptoo a former winner back


in 2013. Vivian Cheruiyot a first-time writer of this distance


but looking very good, carrying her brilliant Olympic form into the


race. But they still have about 3.5 Mars, maybe a bit less to go.


Approaching the ten mile point -- miles. One of two hilly sections,


not big hills but when you're at ten miles which certainly can have an


effect. They drag. They drag for a long time, for almost a mile and


that can be very tiring when you run as hard as you can over a 30 mile


distance and you are already 11 miles in. The red arrows will head


down to South Shields eventually and the guys have made their turn now,


they are approaching the ten kilometre point and we will be able


to get an indication that it is Emmanuel Bett now who is taken up


the challenge. He saying just slipping behind me, just a little


word, just coming up to the ten kilometres split and they know


exactly what they are doing here, Mo Farrah trying to dictate things as


he does on the track, he does it on the track by his presence and he


says there you go to the front and get behind me and do as you told, Mo


, conduct the orchestra. I think Dathan Ritzenhein Willett is getting


behind it because you cannot go faster any more. He was probably


saying you're doing well but he set the pace and inevitably if they're


going to keep running at this pace, I think you were saying he was in


61, 62 minutes shape but when they start running 60 minutes pace he


will struggle. Approaching ten kilometres, you can see the orange


sign on the left. We get the split in the second. The previous miles


have been around 4.40, the slow smile has been that, a good pace,


not record pace that a good pace being set so Bett and Mo Farrah,


Dathan Ritzenhein will have to hold on. 28.32 through ten kilometres.


Not bad on the track even if you are running that. Funnily enough, I told


Emmanuel Bett this morning and he said if you felt strong in the race


he would try to run away from Mo Farrah because he knows he had a


magnificent performance in the Olympic Games but he feels strong


enough. He's at the front, Kenny run away from Mo Farrah? -- can he run.


So those three have a 32nd lead on the chasing group. Ritzenhein as I


said, we will have to keep an eye on him. Thomson is ready a minute, if


you consider he was with the group to Mars ago and has lost 52 seconds


and two miles, -- two miles ago. That gap is not getting any bigger


and the longest Tirunesh Dibaba that can hold onto the gap, the more her


confidence can grow, this is the roundabout when they head into the


new area. They have about a mile and a half to go before they reach the


seafront and that hasn't really gotten any bigger and Jewish chariot


may be aware that he wonder if these make more of an effort to push on,


kind of picking the paces up here? -- Vivian Cheruiyot. He saw her take


a look over her shoulder they're just gauging how big the gap was


back to Tirunesh Dibaba. She increased the pace, puts her head


down and kept working hard and Tirunesh Dibaba has not slowed down,


the last mile was 4.58 so a sub five-minute mile which increases the


pressure on Tirunesh Dibaba van from the overhead shot, she is managing


to maintain the gap and it is hard when you feel like you should be


able to close it and you actually see it start, it can be


demoralising. It is tantalising. Not definitely all over for Tirunesh


Dibaba but, she is definitely working to close the gap. Lets face


it, we have seen her over the years, we have seen how great of an athlete


she is that we rarely think about her as a competitor because when she


wins she has been winning easily over the years and here she is in


the race, she has won it before and is comeback from the Olympic Games,


a personal best in the 10000 and she has a few more road races in the


autumn and then she's getting ready for a marathon next year. Tirunesh


Dibaba, the greatest female distance runner of all time now and that


limbo between can I just hang on, can I close the back, you are


looking at a formidable athlete with Vivian Cheruiyot and I know it is


her debut but she's a great runner. Exceptional run up at the other


thing about Tirunesh Dibaba is the difference in she came back from the


break to having her son Nathan and to come back racing. She is mentally


tougher and stronger. Before that because we maybe never saw her


tested, could she keep the concentration and fight going when


she was seeing the wind drift away a little bit but she certainly showed


in Rio that she can maintain that and keep working away and one


weakness shown by the two in France and she will house and close the gap


down. Cheruiyot. Still at the start of the athletes are streaming over.


Thousands and thousands of athletes on their way, a mile to the bridge,


we saw the red arrows over the Tyne Bridge. Waving to the crowds. Almost


seeing in the back of the field there. I'm glad he's changed hands,


both will be sore. He will have good memories though. So many still


waiting to get going. Probably run about 28 and 29,000 over the start


line. Caroline Sighthill is running for a basketball club today, her


sons, and Josh will be cheering Caroline on. Many of you would have


been watching the Paralympic games, so many people getting inspired by


things they have watched over the years, whether it is the Great North


Run on TV, whether it is Mo Farrah or Paralympic games winning, it is


great to see so many events ran the country. It is or has been a good


thing to do as we know to get out and run, you don't have to run as


hard as these guys but the enjoyment is therefore everybody to get


involved in. Dathan has managed to pull itself together and I was then


say is that because it's low but it isn't there. They are fast Mars at


six and seven, always quicker here. 44 to 43, -- four .24 24.2 three. He


thinks he has a position, he looked over his shoulder and he checked the


distance behind and now he wants the time and the performance to be proud


of. He is working hard and running well, those times were impressive


and there is Ritzenhein leading the men's and in the women's, Priscah


Jeptoo just edging ahead and the gap certainly now is not closing but I'd


Tirunesh Dibaba burst so Priscah Jeptoo, remember when she won this


race a few years ago, her last couple of miles were phenomenal. We


are looking at the chasing Tirunesh Dibaba but, she is still keeping her


eyes firmly fixed ahead and that gap has not grown much that she is one


outstanding athlete and normally in this position you would say she has


no chance that would hurt you could never say that. Interestingly fears


is not a brilliantly fast-paced, a slow start and they did pick up in


the middle but they are now running 5.13 in the previous mile and this


is a bit more of a difficult section. They are going to run


inside 68 minutes. But superfast so Dibaba struggling to stay. This is


where the track athletes you know this, you start hurting. Especially


someone is forcing the pace, I'm interested see how she copes with


this downhill section. Maybe then she will rally a little bit.


Yeah, maybe somebody has told her about that steep drop and then that


will definitely be a deciding factor, whether she knows about it


or not. We have discussed it before, haven't we? If you really hammer


down the hill then you are tired after 12 miles of running on the


road and find that very difficult to absorb and it is a struggle to keep


moving along the last mile, along the seafront. Better to relax and


almost let the momentum carry you down the hill and not worry about


trying to break too much. Having said that she is an extremely tiny


light runner so she will not have a huge amount of shock to absorb and


should be able to just float down that hill and pick it up. The bigger


factor will be any kind of breeze on the seafront moving those flags out


in front of us, but looking at those it does not look significant today.


My shock absorbing is not as good as it used to be. And mine is worse


than that, Stephen, I tell you. There is based on Ritzenhein, no


working it, -- Dathan Ritzenhein. This middle place is pretty strong


and Dathan Ritzenhein, he clearly wants to run a good time, and that


is obvious. Eight miles behind them and 52 go. The women I know


approaching the seafront, down the hill, -- five to go. Dibaba has been


here before, Priscah Jeptoo has been here before, but Cheruiyot in the


pole position, the athlete getting ready to move up to a career at the


marathon. Priscah Jeptoo reading as they come under the seafront. The


great Vivian Cheruiyot, Olympic champion, world champion, and now


onto the seafront in her first half marathon, and 12 miles behind her,


1.1 miles to go. Will it be a glorious debut for Vivian Cheruiyot?


Or will Priscah Jeptoo, the previous winner of this event, run away from


her? Tirunesh Dibaba is still not that far away and there is still 1.1


miles to go, so she is five or six seconds? Is that right? Via she is,


not that far, and this race may not be over yet even for Tirunesh


Dibaba. Once they crest this rise, and it is about judging your effort


here. Jeptoo has obviously decided she is off here. I think she is


under pressure, about a mile to go, if I can run five minutes, one last


mile, but Cheruiyot hanging on to her, but for me Dibaba is moving


well again and she just might be thinking she has a chance. Yes, I


think the deciding factor here will be that pretty much the writing is


on the wall for Priscah Jeptoo. She has a mile and if she runs that as


hard as she can she has a chance to win this race, but unless she breaks


Vivian Cheruiyot, she is not going to be that, in end there is the


subplot of Tirunesh Dibaba trying to catch them. She will lose out to the


fact that Jeptoo is pushing the pace because she has to. If this was two


fast finishers, and Jeptoo closing, there may be a chance of a bit of


cat wood cat and mouse, but Jeptoo only has one chance to win this race


and that is to run it as hard as you can -- a bit of cat and mouse. She


is four second behind this lead and that is not a lot. It is funny. Four


second is on the track and three laps to cut it up, you would think


you had a chance. You go on the roads and your 50 metres behind and


only have three quarters of a mile, you don't know if you can, but I


think Dibaba is making a real effort here, a real effort. There is


clearly one thing in her mind. She could have settled for third and she


has not. She is chasing the great Vivian Cheruiyot, Priscah Jeptoo,


previous winner of the Great North Run, the Olympic 5,000-metre


champion on the near side in the blue vest getting ready to make a


move, and here comes Tirunesh Dibaba, the great distance runner


she has been on the track. They are through 20 kilometres, just over


1000 metres to go, and Priscah Jeptoo looks like she is working


very hard. Tirunesh is working hard as well but that gap is a little bit


to power -- too powerful, too much, too far. You just said that the


effort to close that gap was becoming a bit too much and it has


now gone to four, perhaps five seconds again now, so bigger for


Dibaba. Does not look like it will be enough to get her to these front


two -- big effort for Dibaba. Jeptoo doing what all good kickers do,


letting you know I am here, letting you know it is not good enough, you


have not broken media. 800 metres to go. If it was on the track, last two


larks, it is a foregone conclusion, because Jeptoo would never out kept


Cheruiyot, the Olympic champion, but it is not on the track, it is on the


roads. She has to wait no, because you to make one move, Vivian


Cheruiyot, the Olympic champion on the track, can she become in her


debut in the half marathon the champion on the road, and Priscah


Jeptoo is not giving up this one easily. You know what it is like.


Trying to run the finish it. What are her chances? Surely she must be


thinking the inevitable is going to happen? Yes, at this point, now. One


second ago I was looking at the Gap and thought she has a tiny bit, and


she knows that, but I think that was all she had to create that and now


it is a foregone conclusion. Vivian Cheruiyot has moved in front


and there are, what, 600 metres left to run in this race and I do not


think Priscah Jeptoo will come back on her shoulder and be able to take


this victory. A little three-metre gap appears. Cheruiyot has not


really started kicking yet. Jeptoo gives it another go. They come down


there and are approaching the last few hundred metres, Jeptoo


desperately trying to hold on, and Cheruiyot, well, she was run away


from in the final, but when it comes to winning races on the track


Cheruiyot is definitely one of the best. Over the years she has been


outkicked by Dibaba, she has won world titles then finally in Rio


came away to win the 5,000-metre gold medal, but now with just 200


metres to go in her first ever have to marathon she has enough other gap


there that would suggest she can continue to build on that, and she


does. Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, moving away from her team-mate


Priscah Jeptoo, the winner in 2013. Two former winners behind Cheruiyot,


and if she does have a career on the road ahead of her, perhaps the half


marathon, she has gotten off to a brilliant start by coming to take


the title in her first ever visit to the Great North Run. Vivian


Cheruiyot wins, Jeptoo takes second, and Tirunesh 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, the ones everyone


was speaking about beforehand. Jeptoo got in amongst them. It was


not a particularly fast time, on a day when the early miles dictated


the finishing time, but it did hot up in the middle of the race and


that is a fantastic debut for Vivian Cheruiyot, and who knows, it might


just lead to a little think about where she goes next in her career.


So we are just waiting as these three finish a long way ahead of the


rest, to see who is heading down the road behind them. We think Gemma


Steel is not too far away. That is Eloise Wellings, I think. 800 metres


to go for her, so the top three across the line in the women's race,


a great win for Cheruiyot. We can go back and no developments in the


men's... Emmanuel Bett, Dathan Ritzenhein, perhaps after a patch


for he was not feeling too good or whatever, he has really picked up


the pace and thrown in some hard miles in the middle of that race,


but Mo Farah is sticking to him like blue. I wonder if he is whispering


behind me... Dathan, doing a great job, you have to hand it to him. You


can see the speeds they are and that is pretty good running from the


American. I say, Paula, he was one who American fans really wanted to


see do well, wanted to see him make the team for Rio, and he was not


able to do that, so it would have been tough for him to watch Galen


Rupp when his medal but good for him today. Yes, really tough for them


and I think he had cramping issues and I am not sure he was even able


to finish the trial but he was not able to do himself justice certainly


and you said he wasn't very good shape for the trial but just got


something wrong, something started cramping up within his body and he


was not able to run well and make that team. I think that was very


hard for him because he knew it was his real shot of making the US


Olympic team, so he has bounced back from there, gone away and train hard


over the summer. He will have been pleased to see Galen Rupp, former


training partner of his, run so well in the marathon in Rio, but he


wanted to be in that race, and I think this is now making up for


that. You can see a little on his face there, he is very focused on


this, putting a lot of effort into this early on and making it a hard


run, really taking it to Mo Farah today saying, "You might come in


today and beat me on your home turf", but I will make you work hard


for it and also get some good temple running training in the bank to make


sure I can come back in the marathon in New York and run well as well.


The PC is running at, Paula and Brendan, it... Is exactly one hour,


perhaps frustrating for him, but he is running a good race here. Now it


is not so much about how he gets the ten miles, but... OK, we will come


back to that in a minute, as we see Eloise Wellings coming in to finish


in fourth place. A clock of 71.20 two. Excuse me, sorry, fifth place.


I will make apologies to our winner Vivien Cherry at, because I


completely forgot it is her birthday today. I should have said happy


birthday as she crossed the line -- Vivian Cheruiyot. One thing athlete


speak about when they finish the season, finish their big races,


particularly some of the women I chatted to yesterday after the


event, I cannot wait for a bit of cake, so a bit of birthday cake


coming up for Vivian Cheruiyot. Charlotte Purdue. She will be the


first of the British athletes to finish. It is good to see Charlotte


Purdue coming in. Charlotte Purdue... Oh! Well done, guys. A


pretty good run from Charlotte Purdue. 72.20, there are


thereabouts. Not too far off a personal best. I think that is


Eloise 's. . Anyway, to this pace being set by Ritzenheim, and I was


trying to make the point that he is operating in an area he has not been


in too many times, but I was also making the point guys that you can


get to ten living miles and then not be able to finish it off well but


the question for him is can he finished well? -- Eloise's daughter.


He is testing Mo Farah but also testing himself as well. An


important test for him because he knows when it comes down to the


finishing area, and the last couple of hundred metres, you would never


bet against Mo Farah, on the roads, on the track. But he has run a fine


race today. He came here and the view was, let's find out how tired


Mo Farah is, let me run as fast as I can. He had a good ten mile


build-up, that race in America, and now getting good support because he


is really taking this to Mo Farah, and at the end of the day I think


Dathan Ritzenhein will get the reward. He has run 60 minutes flat,


as you said, Steve, so could he go under that here? I think he has


given it a good go and given it his best shot. I think hats off to


Dathan Ritzenhein out here today because how often have we said that


those guys, racing Mo Farah in a championship, they have just let him


dictate the race and run the race that sits him? But obviously Dathan


nos Mo well, has trained with him, knows him as a character, but he has


not done that. He has said he would run his own race, I will hit you


where I know you're only possible weakness might like, making it hard


in the middle of the race and really making you work for it and we will


just see how tired you are. We do know Mo Farah is in great shape, he


has been away and put his head down over the last couple of weeks since


Rio and has got ready again for this race, because it is important to


him, to come here and win this again, but this is not a race handed


to Mo on a plate with a little bit of a pacemaker to keep it at a


decent pace, this is Dathan Ritzenhein giving it a really good


shot to win it. To try and beat the great Mo Farah, you know, the test


for Mo, he has done the Olympic Games, gone through all of that,


gone back to Oregon, settle down for a couple of days, got back into


training, won this race twice in a row, and though one has ever won it


three times in a row, so he is desperately keen to win it a third


time, in a row, but the other thing, he is getting harder race than he


anticipated. That anybody anticipated, and Dathan Ritzenhein


is really making it, not looking over his shoulder any more, not


doing what he is told by Mo any more, not slipping in behind Mo as


Mo was asking him to do earlier on, so now we have a race. A yard or two


know. He is not trying to run away from Mo at this point, is he?


We have had over 40,000 across the start line and still they continue.


I think the last runner will cross pretty soon, they are past the ten


miles mark so it is an indication of how quick they are going. Ritzenhein


keeping the pressure on. The last mile was one of the slowest once


we're just waiting for the 11, four .46 which is the slowest mile of the


course, it is one of the tougher one so perhaps Dathan, struggling to


keep the pressure on, the next will be interesting to see what happens


because Mo is biding his time now, he's getting a cruise with


Ritzenhein. He is not going to help the American, Ritzenhein heading for


a good race whatever happens. He has done very well here and it would be


quick from him as long as he doesn't completely fall apart. Can he build


it and put a bit more pressure on Mo Farrah? I think he's a really


operating at personal best and certainly personal best effort so


I'm not sure how much more data and written- can do, he really has. He


wants to maintain that -- Dathan Ritzenhein. He doesn't want to


overcook it on the last section before he hits the seafront. He will


know the closer it gets to the seafront, the more it is into


definite Mo's territory. He knows the course well as well, he has run


here are a few times before, maybe ten years ago in 2007 or 2006. He


knows the course and he knows how to judge the effort and he is a very


experienced road racer on any surface but certainly judging his


effort you rarely see Ritzenhein get it wrong and fall apart in the last


couple of miles. Trying to lead Mo in the event. Running hard, running


fast, ten years ago he came here and he was third in the Great North Run.


He has tried many things since and many distances. 5,000-metre time


under 30 minutes is a class athlete in every sense. He is trying to beat


Mo, trying to run away from him but look at 1-macro cruising beautiful


style and beautiful action. On the track we know he is invincible, he


has been beaten in this event before but has won the last two years. Is


this Mo Farrah on his way to a third? He would suspect so and Mo


moving out a little bit from behind the shadow of Ritzenhein sensing,


you know if he wanted to push on he could still get under 60 minutes


that would be more interested in running the race. He is sensing


Ritzenhein is working hard to maintain this pace when they drop


down through 12 miles, it should be fairly soon, in another minute or


so, when they drop down the steep downhill section near Marston. Mo is


away and that is someone who hasn't got legs. Ritzenhein braking hard


done that where has Mo just flowing down the hill letting himself go. He


just wants to make sure he doesn't want to do any damage annexes better


to relax down the hill, Mo may even let Ritzenhein comeback, now he has


the gap why not push on. He certainly knows he pretty much has


this one. It is just a case of how hard he wants to go in the last


mile. About five minutes more of running and he has a lead of ten


metres. A quick look behind and all of the support along the seafront,


there are thousands of people here on a beautiful day in South Shields


to welcome Mo Farrah. Keeps checking behind, not sure he has much to


worry about, Ritzenhein has run his race. Could see how hard he was


working half a mile back and now he has to concentrate and keep his eye


on the back of Mo Farrah and try to make sure he can stay as close as he


can because he's heading for a quick time. I wonder if Mo can enjoy this


now? It seems he has broken Dathan Ritzenhein, he was cruising around


the corner and has all the victories behind him, he has the glorious


moments from Rio behind him, he has less than a mile to go now. It looks


as though he will win his third Great North Run, he has worked hard


in this and work hard for everything in his athletic career and I wonder


if he would relax but he's doing what runners do, they are closing in


on the finish they keep driving and working, he is not relaxing and


enjoying it, he will enjoy it when it's finished. You know Mo's Time in


Cardiff, the weather was a little bit different, we could call it a


squall, gale force winds, rain driving sideways, Mo nearly got


blown over when he went past the junction and he ran 59.59, I think


you'll be very close to that, if he does as you say hopefully enjoy


this, the crowds will be cheering him on, if he can lift himself with


the support then he still has a chance of going under the one hour


mark and Ritzenhein still has a chance of running perhaps his second


best ever. The American trying to hang on and work hard, the 12 mile


is a quick one, it always is that mine has carried that pace on -- it


always is, but Mo has. Doing something of course which is


familiar in the sense of winning but he doesn't have too many races when


he's out the front on his own like this. All of the track races come


down to the last few hundred metres, a familiar sight now though, Mo


Farrah winning a big race. Mo Farrah stretching out, his last of the


season, patented metres remaining, he glances over his shoulder, Dathan


Ritzenhein is working hard now and Mo Farrah has six or 700 metres to


go. The end of the glorious year and a glorious four years since 2012


with all of the victories he has achieved. Well done Mo Farrah. I'm


not sure he's bothered about going out, he will be on the margin, if he


really push this he definitely would have broken it, he doesn't need to


do that so if you sort of maintains his rhythm and his cadence that he


has at the moment, he might just miss the one hour mark. That doesn't


matter, the crowd came here to see Mo Farrah win and that is what they


are going to be watching, that is what Mo has delivered for them. A


hero of British athletics. Being cheered on by thousands of people


here. Of course, I'm sure maybe one or two did not get the chance to go


to Rio and cheer him on there, we had great British support there in


the stadium but this is their chance to come out on the streets of


Tyneside and see not only Britain's hero but one of the greatest


distance runners of all time. You have to say that with a record he


now has in major championships, two more Olympic gold medals to the


amazing tally here ready has, it's not going to stop there or is it?


Will be seeing him at London next year, many of these people may well


but tickets for but Mo Farrah stretching away continuing his glory


run here in the last 150 metres he has really had to go some to break


one-hour, probably looking at the clock and he will not be too


bothered about that today. No need for the big sprint, no need for him


to panic or worry, no need to watch the clock, he is just enjoying this,


Heery goes. That might even be a different way but there we go. Mo


Farrah wins his third Great North Run and makes another little bit of


history. Ritzenhein running very fast indeed. Not far outside his


personal best from second. He did really well today, he made Mo work


through no doubt about it. You can see how tired Mo Farrah is there and


I don't think Mo was bothered at all about the winning time. The win was


important today, winning in France of this huge crowd here and winning


his third Great North Run. Coming down the finish there, the word


tired didn't even apply to Mo this year, he was tired earlier on wasn't


it? Emmanuel Bett. Third place. Pretty solid run from him. The clock


is just over 61 minutes. So that did well to hang on to his third spot.


In the middle part in the pasted kick up and you have two concentrate


on hang on and he did that really well. Mo waiting to congratulate


Bette, these three are medallists and Mo Farrah is still recovering.


It did take it out of them. I think he has another couple of races to go


before he rests at the end of the year. But a good performance. He ran


hard, very close to 60 minutes and that was an attempt with a hundred


metres to go and he almost shipped himself over because when you tried


to do that with a hundred metres to go and be enjoying that when he was


still running close to breaking the hour is pretty phenomenal running,


that is why he is tired and Dathan Ritzenhein type that can walk away


very proud today. I suspect that was Mo Farrah's march to Alan Shearer.


He been talking a lot of football this weekend and there is a statue


being unveiled this week and to Alan Shearer. The great Newcastle United


striker, he said those words. He is a great striker. OK well done Mo


Farrah and modern Dathan Ritzenhein. A great win again for Mo Farrah.


Historic day indeed Steve Cram giving credit to Newcastle United


player. Going down the course now to take on the adoration and the


incredible crowds who lined the route today and we came up behind


from the start behind the elite men and just seeing the people that have


come out on the course who are ready to cheer on and give support to the


masses, 57,000 runners on the course and now we have had the elite women,


the elite men, the wheelchair races and now it is all about the amazing


folk who've signed up, some first timers, some multiple Great North


Run attendees who will come across the line with amazing stories and


incredible acts of bravery and courage to get here. Mo Farrah


taking it fairly easy in the end, grey victory a great victory for his


summer. This was the result in the men's


wheelchair race. You can see in the times how close it was. Crossley was


closing in on the man from her for much of the race but couldn't get


there. Cala Paul in third place. -- Calum Hall. The result in the


women's race. Vivian Cheruiyot, we saw that finish just holding off jet


to. -- Priscah Jeptoo. A great win for Vivian Cheruiyot, her first win


in the half marathon distance air. And in the men's race, it has just


finished. Mo Farrah taking it just outside the one hour but he was not


bothered about the times. Dathan Ritzenhein, a great one by the


American, Bashir Abdi coming through to take their place. -- third place.


GABBY LOGAN: If you have someone out there on the course today and you


want to give them a message or wish them luck you can text us or use the


hashtag. We are on Instagram, Facebook, BBC


Sport is all over them. We would love to hear from you and plenty of


people on the course watching this today will think, I want to sign up


for this next year. Hugh at home may be thinking, it is time I did


something, got off the sofa and got myself running, swimming, whatever


you feel could inspire you to do something a little bit more physical


-- you at home. Get Inspired is the BBC Sport campaign. You can find


inspirational stories from people just like you as well as hints, tips


and over 70 practical guides to help you give something a go. You can


also find something to try and tell us how you are getting on and ask


questions to our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook and


then you can inspire somebody else to give something a try. Now, we are


passing the baton over to you. Get inspired and get active. Well, I


doubt there is anybody more inspiring than the lady I am going


to speak to know. Claire Lomas started on Wednesday, three miles a


day, you did, with your incredible bionic legs, Claire. And you made


it! Well done. It has been certainly challenging, there were times this


make divot-mac week I did not know whether I would make it. It might


you have not done that at that pace before. You did the marathon before


a little slower and today obviously you cross the line, but not just the


challenges you would ordinarily have physically, but you have just


announced your pregnant? -- there were times this week I did not


whether I would make it. Yes, there were times this week I was quite


sick and tired to quite a relief to actually make it and the Great Run


team have been great to give me the opportunity so I did not want to let


them down and everyone who supported and donated, I just wanted to get to


the finish and that has happened so I am over the moon. Congratulations


on both runs. Tell us about the really tough moment and when things


almost begin too much? On the first day it was really hot. I came here


with all the waterproofs thinking it would rain and it was boiling!


So it was really hard in the suit because I have to wear a lot of


clothing to protect me then I had a few marks, I was in A on that


third morning having one of my injuries dressed so it did not keep


rubbing and I have to have that checked later. Every pavement, every


bump, it is an obstacle and I also found it quite hilly, so also a few


tears on the way round when I looked at the pavement and saw what it was


like. There you are with your remarkable husband who has literally


been behind you every step of the way. It has been amazing. It has not


been easy with the ground and damp, so if I lost my balance he could


push me back onto my feet and he has had to do that a few times because


there were moments where I really lost my balance, I just felt so


tired. Claire, you motivate and inspire the many people. What keeps


you going? The support I have had your keeps me going a lot, but in


the early days it was actually harder than this. Getting out of bed


when you had nothing to get it for, after an injury, and suddenly your


life changes. I had to find the motivation to get out of that and


that was tougher than this. I just took every opportunity I could in


those early days, not thinking of what it might lead to but just


grabbing small things, and that led on to things I never dreamt I could


do. You do not have to think about more challenges because you have the


challenge of being pregnant and having another baby! Two children,


yes, it will be very challenging! A lot of hard work from just one so


that will test me. I am sure I will speak to somewhere else in the


future because you either kind of lady we cannot keep down. Thank you,


Gabby. Thank you. A true inspiration, Claire Lomas. Claire


will hopefully no go off and enjoy a nice piece of cake but a lot of work


to be done for a lot of people sell out there. Here is what is up... --


now go off. Training tips from other pretty well qualified coach. Tania


Farah takes part in her very first Great North Run. Terry Deary


continues his "Horrible history" of the Great North Run. As the


Kaiserchiefs prepare for a benefit concert tonight, we hear about the


money raised. And people affected by loss coming together at the Great


North Run. It is a stunning day here in the north-east. Doesn't that


coastline looked absolutely beautiful? If you have never made


the journey to this part of the world, even if you are not going to


do the Great North Run, you should really come to see what is a really


special part of the UK. It is not just the UK that is represented, of


course, at the Great North Run. It is the world's favourite run. 57,000


participants, the most ever in a mass participation run.


They are out on the street pounding the 30 males and we have been


catching up with a few of them on the streets. I was wanted to do the


Great North Run from one I was small. I used to watch it with my


dad, the everyone's lining up down to the sea, and this year I get my


chance to beer. On a summer's evening like this, who would not


want to be running? You can clear your mind of a hard day's worked --


my chance to be here. I love the feeling of being free when I am out


running. My running journey has taken me to many places and I am


really excited to come to England soon. I am doing the Great North Run


with my daughter for the first time. First time running for Alzheimer's.


There is life after breast cancer is just keep positive. If we can raise


a little money towards this great cause it can normally do some good.


It can invest in our future as well as yours. There is only one Great


North Run. It is one of the biggest best half marathons in the world. It


is the world's favourite run. It will always have a special place in


my heart in Newcastle and therefore I go back every year and I intend to


take part. I am really looking forward to running amongst 50,000


people. All those frontrunners, and atmosphere will be great. This is


going to be so some! Geordie land and the Great North Run, here we


come! See you in Newcastle! GABBY LOGAN: Some incredible people


out there representing all kinds of, well, not just countries but


charities and raising money for wonderful causes as well. Last year


we brought you the story, the amazing story, of the foundation


which touched so many of you and so many people got in touch wondering


how they could help. It is National Transplant Week And The Story Has


Moved On So Far, but let's remind you about what we told you last


year. Back in April my son Bodie had a choking accident at home and he


then spent the next five days putting up an absolutely incredible


fight which enabled me to learn more about his character and his spirit


than I probably would have learned about him in ten, 15, 20 years. It


was only at the point where we realised he was not coming back that


we started to consider organ donation. There was no way we could


let his life mean nothing. And it is that that inspired us as a family to


start the charity and start to do good things in his name. At the


Great North Run, there will be myself, our patron, and Greg


Beatrix, the father of Matthew, the ten-year-old boy who has now been


seven years waiting for a kidney who spends 12 hours on dialysis each and


every day -- Craig. Going through the motions of your life, you're


just holding out for that one thing. I just cannot get my head round why


we are waiting so long, when there are so many people out there who


could donate, but they just don't choose to. It is a pretty wrong way,


but for me personally, 30 males, Matthew gets me through it. I just


think of all the pain he goes through, so me running 30 males is


nothing. I know that part of my son lives on in other people and there


is no greater sense of pride -- 13 miles. There is no greater sense of


pride you can have as a father. Well, we understand there was a huge


reaction to that story last year, but for one man in particular it was


literally life changing. Just before the Great North Run last year


Matthew's situation kind of changed a lot, he became seriously ill. His


antibodies only matched 1% of the populists of the chances of him


actually finding a donor were not high. We did a local half marathon


where I advertised on running pitch for people to wear pink organ


donation T-shirts and there was a certain person called Edward who


just came up, got a top, and left. I carry a donor card but... I didn't


realise, so I started looking into it, I offered. I don't know how or


why I did it, just on the Facebook page, I said, I have a spare kidney,


if you would like one. Happy to help. His dad explained, it is not


as easy as that, you have to see if you're the match, go through


rigorous testing. A couple of months passed, and I get a message from him


and it was like, I have passed this test. You donate blood then they


test your blood. The next stage is physical where they test the


capacity of your kidneys, and if you pass that you go through a mental


stage. You have to sure you have thought about it and plan for it.


That process took about a year and then he came back. He said, I am a


match. I said, what do you mean? Used have more tests. He said, no, I


am a complete match. There is a one in 60,000 chance of being a match


and passing all those tests and you find him and he says, yes, I will do


it. It is like winning the lottery. I'm just going to see it. We have


found you a kidney and a donor and you're having a transplant in the


next eight weeks. -- and just going to see it. Afterwards you get quite


a lot of things said, it is a selfless act. It is quite selfish in


actual fact because to get through it you do not think of anybody else.


You think of the Child receiving, and then you think, I should have


thought more about my own family, my work, but once you go through that


process it is quite narrow minded. I cannot honestly describe how happy


he is, because obviously he is a lot happier. The whole family... It is


just remarkable. You know when dad walks round with the big beaming


smile on his face after a newborn baby, it is like that with


an-year-old child. Time and they said it would take between 12 and 18


weeks to fully recover -- an 11-year-old child. Although I am not


supposed to be, I am running. I would do the same thing again. I


only have one kidney know but I would donate the other one if I


could, it is just the way I am. It happened. He had a transplant. Five


weeks ago. And he is just starting to get his life back... I know I


keep saying it but it is just phenomenal, it really is.


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it really is phenomenal and you, too, could be changing someone's


life. We wish them all the very best. I am joined by the winner of


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


have thought? No, it was really hard. Dathan made a great race


today. He knows me really well. He put the foot down and tried to get


rid of me because he knows I have faster pace, but amazing support


from the home crowd. It just kept us going but to be honest with you I am


knackered. You will have to do a bit more talking because somewhere out


there of course is Mrs Farah and she wood I just said, she crossed ten


kilometres in 38 minutes and you asked if that was good? Yes, she's


going well, good thing. About halfway -- and I just said. If she


keeps. She will be about 1.40, 1.50. She could possibly go under 1.50 in


that last bit but it is a tough course, so it is mainly not to get


carried away at that point, but I cannot speak to her, can I? Issue


got -- has she got a good spread? She is a better sprinter than me. --


a good sprint? You could go back out there and you're cool down could be


going to find Tania. Yes, but it might be a bit chaotic, people might


be coming through. I should be waiting at the finish line. It you


better be waiting at the finish line! Otherwise I will be in the


dugout -- doghouse. Your range is so huge and you're still obviously


excelling at the five and ten. When you do events like this is road


running going to be more and more part of your race format?


I like it but it's a different plane, it's a different pain to the


track, for me sometimes I question it -- pain. Where is the pain? When


I go past six or seven miles, your legs slightly lock-up where is on


the track he practised different pace and you don't feel it until the


last lap. Here you have a long way to go and you have to keep it going


and I think I need to do more training for the road. A different


kind you need to do? I don't know only to find out. At the moment


everything to keep it going well? Yes just finished on a high, amazing


support here from people, what a year I have had, I just have to go


home and chill out. See the kids, get up to no good. Can you chill?


I've seen the documentary and you don't. I love the sport, I just


can't keep my hands and feet still. I love to do stuff, for me it's a


couple of weeks resting and hopefully I can go down to NICAM


play football with the guys because that's what I love. Now I have the


Olympics at the way you can go. Playing football for two weeks


sounds good. Who will let you go look for Tanya but if we get back


out on the course, maybe Steve has spotted, any idea where she is? I


can tell you she is beyond 15 K and it is still progressing for


something around 145 seven is pretty good isn't it? Just to confirm the


numbers, we are doing statistics and it was all about times and the


amount of competitors and this year, 41,399 made it across the start line


and most of them will definitely make it to the finish as we head


back to the roots. We're looking at so many people, moving into the York


Avenue area, the Robin Hood pub not too far from there. So many people


as I've mentioned out there, I just bumped into a guy done here at the


finish, Rob Hoskins who raised himself over ?100,000 for the


Hartlepool Hospice. This year it is the turn of his wife Karen and his


two daughters. I know rob himself has been fighting throat cancer this


year that he is cheering on his family. So many people will be there


on the route waiting for people hopefully to make it to make it


safely. I'm delighted to say my daughter Catherine and sister Hannah


are coming the nine mile point so that is good news and out M Williams


who lost a father and brother-in-law to cancer is out there today for


Cancer research. Fay Hamilton and Sally Roberts. We spoke so much


about cancer research and children with cancer UK, one of the very


popular charities people run four, may Robinson I know out there, her


son Elliot was diagnosed with a brain tumour and he challenged his


mum Turgott and have a go. I know Elliott's School in York are


watching and I'm hoping it'll goes well. Helen Gardner also going for


Saint Gemma's Hospice, her first Great North Run. We talk about


people have done it so many times before and will be familiar with the


route and of course they know where they are exactly before Helen


Gardner, first-time powder. Running in memory of her best friend Rachel


who sadly lost her battle to cancer age 30 eight. As we go down the


course all the way back, the course is filled with runners. Sudan is


running for Diabetes UK, Lauren Downey and her friend running for


Red Cross and the British Heart Foundation. Catherine Walker. Mike


tones running for the Newcastle Freeman Hospital cardiology unit.


They are well on their way. Good luck to all of the runners out there


raising funds for asthma UK and for the Jane Tomlinson appeal.


Representing the Northern Irish contingent, I hope you all having


good run. And Gillian Logan. Three friends of mine who made it a target


to come here after having children at the same time came here and ran


today, Anna Campbell and fun we're, I hope you're all going well. They


all her children at the same time? Anyway. As we head back to the


roundabout which is only four miles on the bypass, still so many people


out there and I know many of the charities base themselves there.


They begin on both sides of the carriageway and then at that point


at White Liverpool return. They move onto one side of the


carriageway and as we watch here at South Shields, this road starts to


fill as we look back now. The elite runners finish the size of the


commentary box that then there is a great efficient organisation that


starts to push them from now on they finish on the grass and make a right


turn and that is where they are about to finish with about 100 to go


I wonder where Terry Deary is? Somewhere there, the author of the


hugely successful horrible histories books, originally from Sunderland.


He can give us another bit of horrible history from another part


of the course. The iconic image of the Great North


Run is the Tyne Bridge. Over here on the right is the level bridge built


by a Geordie Robert Stevenson in 1849. For a first time Queen


Victoria could travel from London to Balmoral without getting off the


train so naturally they invited her to open the bridge. The opening


ceremony was followed by a grand dinner at the station terminal. It


said after the dinner was finished, the manager of the hotel went up to


Queen Victoria and handed her the bill. Victoria was furious, she


vowed never to look on the city of Newcastle again and every time the


train passed through, she drew the curtains. Draw the curtain and


you'll miss the Great North Run. Insolent puppy, officer arrest that


man. Run man run. I am not amused. There is more to come from Terry.


Lots of people out there on the course today and this will be the


first time they have done this, that they have run in a mass


participation event and for some of them it'll kick a life of health and


fitness. For lots of people it is a struggle to get yourself in the


shape and Andrew Whiting was one of those, a charity helping people


overcome their fears of being overweight and Andrea to get to that


starting lane had to reinvent herself quite literally. In April


last year my dad died from terminal cancer. When he died it made me


realise how precious life was. I was in a very poor state of health and


weighed over 30 stone. I realise that unless I did something, the


limited life I did have would be very very short. I had to make a


lifestyle change. It was a very slow change initially, it was food. And


then from their starting to exercise, tried to walk more. I was


very conscious I was big, I was worried that I would step into the


gym and feel that I didn't fit in so it was a bit of stepping out of my


compass own and taking the leap really. What wasn't important was


the number of the scale because I didn't tell me how happy or help


cure was. I soon realised it was a really nice gym and everyone was


really supportive, it was more like a family and everybody knows each


other and everybody supports each other and helps each other. I


changed from seeing exercise as a punishment and a necessary evil to


something I actually enjoyed. It just made me feel alive again. I've


gone from feeling as though I have got a life now. And it was a friend


who suggested why not do the Great North Run by which point I laughed.


So I then said, if Craig agrees to them put my name. At first I was


blown back but nothing surprised me with Andrea. Over the last 6-8


months she has come out with new challenges all the time which is


fantastic. One final push Andrea, keep your head up. She has never let


anything get in a way. I have no doubts that she would run. I started


to realise that was capable of doing things and I was pathetic as I


thought I was. -- wasn't. I am paying back something that they did


for me, it is there to support people who are obese, who are


struggling with weight and struggling with day to day issues


because of weight. Basically it is believing in yourself, just taking


the first step and going through the difficult times because there will


be times when things are hard and you just think if this were worth it


and realising there is life out there and just going for it, taking


the opportunity and giving it a go. This time year ago I didn't even


think it was remotely possible, I think there will be a fair few tears


at the end, crossed the finish line. Amazing. She has shown that she can


which is exactly what sport England were hoping for when they launched


this campaign. A campaign to get more women and girls interested and


involved in fitness and sports and as a result elite 3 million say they


have done exactly that, it has been a huge success.


A fantastic campaign. I just love seeing bad and you may


recognise this lady here? Sam Mulligan who was the runner in that


CT, you are globally famous would you say? I wouldn't say globally but


a little there. Jenny O'Brien good to see U2 and we will talk about the


campaign which will follow on. Let's talk about your sport involvement


and you are running before the campaign started but did it inspire


you? I haven't run too much before the campaign started and I was a


runner when I became involved in the campaign. And it all went from there


and it has kept me going, being involved and the Facebook campaigns,


everything in social media, it has just been the most amazing


experience, I'm really proud. If somebody is watching as a beginner


like you, what other tips to keep going? I don't think you should


think much about what you're doing, I put pressure on myself to sort of


achieve things but just go out there and have some fun. Being here, the


atmosphere today is amazing, I love going to the races. Running with


friends. Finding a group may be. I hope in the future I'm going to


train to be a run leader and hopefully women who may be a little


bit worried about starting running will be able to come along and...


Help them take the tentative first steps which is a joy for your ears


Jenny. The next age of this girl can is? We have this girl can run. We


have launched this to focus on running specifically because it is


such an accessible running sport which are slow crossed an easy for


people to get involved with and we now have a following of 120,000


women focused on running and we have a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


page. It is all around inspiring and motivating women's achievements. And


more women are running at more than ever before. Getting close to


swimming as a mass participation sports. Absolutely, lots of activity


are trying to address this inequality in numbers between men


and women. We know from the campaigns there are 20,000 women who


are running more as a result of this girl can run campaign which is


fantastic but we also know there is a lot of potential out there, a lot


of women who maybe have lapsed from running but are struggling to take


the first steps we are trying to address that. Sometimes this advice.


I love exercise and I'm lucky that I hadn't run for a while and I was


with the Olympics and Paula Radcliffe and I thought why to why


not ask her for advice and I asked her I said I'm stuck, I run the same


distance in same times were 20 years she says run longer and slower and


shorter and faster. Little bits of advice that have upped my game


because you need somebody, obviously I'm lucky that you need somebody to


give you a boost, some activation. Absolutely about is what our


community is all about, providing expert advice from that perspective


but also ladies inspiring each other, telling their stories, Sam


telling her story about the journey she has gone through. We always say,


it is not a perfect solution, you do not start running and that is it


forever, you need that ongoing. Yes, I am nowhere near being able to go


for a run with Paula Radcliffe, I should say! There are a million


reasons, million excuses you could find to not go for a run, and that


is exactly the book Hannah Phillips wrote, all the excuses she could


come up with, but it hasn't stopped her. There are 101 reasons not to


run, and believe me I have thought of everyone, from chafing, colds,


dating married golds, and literally -- I am literally a one-woman


excuse. With a whole 24 hours, and those female multitasking powers...


When I say I don't feel like it, what I really mean is, I feel


like... That word that rhymes with it. I am a mother, have a life, and


sometimes now it seems a struggle. But what I tell myself when I don't


feel like running, is I bet Jo Pavey's bomb does not stay on her


sofa slumming. I am often too tired after having my body rewired, by a


toddler that just doesn't sleep, and she really doesn't sleep. You will


feel 100 times better is to address it, and get those trainers on my


feet. If it was too dark outside, I was too quick to Abeid, to that


voice that told me to stay in. But I got myself a head and some snazzy


"You can't miss me" plates, and a friend to run with -- too quick to


Abeid. Running in the rain is good for the


soul and running in the sun is key to your goals, but running on the


ice is not so nice and I have that injuries from Mr Jack Frost more


than twice. It would not be a list of excuses without mentioning my two


nuisances, my boots, my breast, my test -- test, my rack. I have


violated Mayberry's name for too long on Wednesday. The Great British


Bake Of being a great reason to stay in -- Mary Berry. Because, Hannah,


if you want to consume cakes and treats, it is really best to get


some mileage under those feet. The never-ending washing basket does


cause some issues, especially when pockets stuffed full of forgotten


jelly babies and tissues, but it does often happen... And if all else


fails, you don't have to cover our bottom. I don't run on an empty


tummy, get dizzy and weak and a little bit funny. But again running


when one is filled to the brim makes you sick, queasy and a little bit


grim. The key to nutrition is socket and see, because the chances are you


will always find a willing bush to have wee. There are 101 reasons not


to run and over the years I have found everyone. But I still go, I


still get out there, I always run. And she is out there today and I


believe she has reached the halfway mark in a very respectable time,


Denise Lewis? Hanauer, you are at the halfway stage. Thank goodness!


Nobody mentioned these little hills on the way, did they? The ground


going up and down, lovely, no mention. But you're still smiling? I


love it, brilliant, one of the best things I have done. And we were


crying at it, when the Red Arrows went over. You have been such an


inspiration for so many people. We just loved your story. What would


you see to anyone thinking about getting into running? Just get your


trainers on and go, the best thing ever, best thing I have ever done.


Best thing you have ever done. Find support. I have support. In Wales we


have social running, but find the support and go with it. Thanks a


lot. Keep going! Thank you. What an inspiration Hannah is. She saw her


reflection in a mirror and didn't realise it was her. She thought


somebody overweight was wearing the same top as her and that


kick-started her running late and she is out there today, you can see


she is emotional, loving the atmosphere out there, as are so many


of the runners in the mass participation race and I think it is


fantastic that this girl has inspired so many women to get going,


get running, get on the shoes and get out there to tread those miles.


At the elite end of the race, the other end, let's remind you how they


did. Sebastian Coe set them on their way before everybody else. The roads


were completely clear ahead of them, but all eyes were on Vivian


Cheruiyot, the Olympic champion and silver-medallist in the 10,000


metres, and there were two binder, Tirunesh Dibaba, who made it about


eight males with Vivian Cheruiyot, but that was to prove the end of her


big effort and it was left to Cheruiyot to contest the race with


Priscah Jeptoo, the former winner from 2015. Dibaba did the best to


hang onto those two but into the last half mile it was inevitably a


quicker finish from the track specialist Cheruiyot that gave her


the victory in her first ever have marathon, and on her birthday as


well. The winning time, 67.50 four. I am delighted to see she is with me


here and looking fresh as a daisy. The first time you have ever run


that far competitively, Vivian? How did you make it look so easy? It was


nice because I was thinking, how can I finished the half marathon, and I


thought, it is the same as it is going to be... As what I am used to


with 5000, 10,000, shorter, but I thought I will do my best, you know.


When I was resting, I was with Dibaba, Jeptoo and Joyce Chepkirui,


and they were competing in marathons and also have marathons so I thought


I should not go in front immediately because I do not know what will


happen. I was just relaxing, but it was a little bit tough for the last


kilometre, but I am so happy to stop really fantastic for me and also to


bring up my season. We spoke to them -- spoke to Mo Farah, the winner of


the men's race. He said the road feels different on the body. Did you


feel that? It was a little bit tiring because as we were training


in Kenya, just for the 5000 and 10,000, so I am not tired training


for half marathon like that. Perhaps these women were training for the


half marathon, so it was fantastic me. You know, you cannot do


something longer without training. It was really good for me. I have


seen that may be in the future I will be a good athlete in the half


marathon and also in marathons. I think so. It is looking good, isn't


it? For the longer distances. It is your birthday. How old are you? I am


turning 33, I am old, but I still feel strong!


LAUGHTER I perhaps still have eight years to


run and then maybe I can retire after that, so I am so happy. It is


my birthday day, so a win is so nice. Have you had some cake yet?


Not yet but maybe I will get some in the hotel. I also want to see that


people from the UK, they are so lovely. The crowd were so lovely,


for me, and I thought, you know, you get support from people and you feel


like you're running, you have that strength, so I want to say that you


so much and I hope next year I will be back and I am going to run maybe


better than this one. We look forward to having you back your next


time, Vivian, I will have cake here. I am so sorry. I feel such a bad


horse I have your with no cake but someone will have you some if you


stick around. Yes, some cake, but you said happy birthday. People are


saying happy birthday. There are very generous people watching this


on the TV soap they might bring you some take-down, I am sure. Well


done. But we will go back onto the course -- TV so they may bring it.


She is catching up with a man who could be pretty much anyone he wants


to be. Jon, how are you doing? Steady speed, steady pace, like Del


boy when he was Batman. You're running partners? Yes, you form a


little team almost, there are format of us, and that spurs you on. The


crowd cheering wherever you go, the band 's other side of the road, it


is magical, it really is. And you managed to get some of those jelly


babies en route? Yes, very generous crowd, with jelly babies and


everything. I cannot believe we are at the halfway stage. And you're


mentally ready? I have done one of the ten kilometres before so I guess


one more of those. Onwards and upwards, good to speak to you,


anchor-mac:. It sounds like the commentary box out their -- to speak


to you, Jon. We have cakes were so we could have given 12 Vivian


Cheruiyot. She says she will be back next year. What a great experience


for her. I would like to see well done to some of the organisers here,


the four organisers of the event. The organiser of the event, the man


who looks after the start, the finish and Alex Jackson who looks


after the course in between those two areas. Well done to all of them,


and well done to the runner running in memory of her friend Marcus and


her dad who sadly died of cancer this year and there are so many


people whose stories we cannot show but that is why the ticker tape is


there, so hopefully you can read some of them. I know you have been


sending in your messages and hopefully we can get as many of them


across the screen as possible. My sister Anna is going well, through


15 kilometres now, and my daughter Catherine as well, so well done to


those two. I look forward to seeing them fairly soon. Louise Brooks and


her friend running for the hospice. Andrew Bruce, Ilona Flannigan, Jamie


Dixon. Staying strong, well done to that one. She mist Arroyo over from


Ireland, from Northern Ireland, running for Macmillan Cancer. And


those running for the Teenage Cancer Trust. And Cancer Research. Well,


those crowds on a day like this, I mean, it is a wonderful site. It


always is a great site at the Great North Run but on a day like today


they can chill out, cheer, watch for their friends and family. One or two


having a cheeky beer over at the pub off to our right. Andrew and I came


down their early this morning and there were two or three people...


Not for a beer, Brendan! People already had their seats on the


grass. But a couple had their early positions.


Well, if you have been with us told you will know we were chatting to


Ricky Wilson earlier on because his band-mate Peanut from the


Kaiserchiefs is here and he completed it in... One minute 34...


UK came off a tour bus from Germany and had no sleep. That is


ridiculous! Yes, I don't know what the afternoon will hold but I am


really pleased. Have you done a lot of training, do you run a lot? I had


my car, but I got as far so thought I would not give up. It is good


being on tour because you get to go to different places. Does it keep


you sane when you're out there? Yes, somewhere in Munich or whatever.


Tonight you have this cake, of course? Yes, or that the foundation


is putting on so we are playing down at the arena. I think we just


released some more production tickets, so it is a great day, a


great end to the day, I think. I promise not to sit down for the gig,


I will be on my feet! I was a bit worried about you coming up the


stairs there! Your legs look a bit... I am sure there will be a Mrs


somewhere around here. You will have to get Ricky running. -- I am sure


there will be a masseuse. Yes, just the occasion, I didn't know what to


expect but I will be here next year, for sure. It is, and so many nations


represented, 178. A person for every nation! Almost! And Leeds is the


biggest city outside of the north-east represented. Is it? I


knew you would like that. There are many different people from countries


all over the world and we have been hearing from quite a few as the day


has gone on, so let's see who else we have out there... My name is


Steve and I am 59 years old. I am British but I live and work here in


Switzerland. A beautiful day to be out here


retracing the footsteps of Rocky Balboa.


See you in Newcastle. Local author Terry Geary who founded and wrote so


many of the horrible history book started it all back in the early


1990s, inspired so many young people to get involved in history, has been


of action of the Great North Run, this is his 20th. We made him sing


for his supper and sent him out and about to find some interesting


stories, some horrible histories of the Great North Run.


Five miles into the run and we passed one of the most important


places in the history of the world. The Coles from Newcastle were mined


on the side of the river. On the other side of this church in 1812,


the felling pits that. That year mine gas exploded and killed 92 men


and boys. Thomas Gordon was eight years old, a third of the victims


were under 16. Here in Saint Mary 's Church is a memorial to the 92 who


died so that thousands of others could live, over a million runners


have run past her and not a lot of people know that. At least the


disaster prompted the engineers of the day to come up with a design.


George Stephenson and engineer from Newcastle came up with the lamp B


Davis came up with the Davy lamp, both claimed they were... The


principles of a safety love were constructed. Long before Sir


Humphrey Davy came into this part of the country. An ignorant Northern


Pittman could not have invented something as sophisticated as this.


The truth both were based on an earlier designed by Sunderland


Doctor. He did not make the fortunes of these deeper to lease they gave


him a medal. We think we know a lot about Mo


Farrah and have seen his progress over the last few years at every


global stage since 2011, but of force behind Mo Farrah there is a


huge team support and nobody bigger than his wife Tanya. Phil Jones has


taken a closer look. Behind many of an elite athlete there is a selfless


support group. For Mo Farrah it is a family of five, a wife and four


children who may only seen this driven husband and father for half


the year but for Tanya today there is some me time as she runs from


shadows of support to the glare of celebrity athlete in her first Great


North Run. How does it feel for you to be a part of something you have


seen your husband win the last couple of years? Quite surreal


because I've been here before watching him either start the race


as the starter or run it. So for me to be running it myself feels a bit


strange but at the same time I'm quite proud of the fact I have


trained myself well enough to see where I could run here because a few


years ago I never would've thought I could have run and here I am now


doing it and having only just started running nine months ago.


What advice have you been giving her? I hope I've been a good coach


because if not I'm in trouble. I've been giving her good advice from


what I've learnt a lot in my career and she's been doing good and


hopefully we can go out there and not put too much pressure out there.


When she doesn't run she think she gets cramping a stomach and that's


what I get all the time, there is a fine line when you push the body


beyond, you get different pains. It's part of adverts no one knows.


Now she does. I've gained a huge amount of respect for running, more


so than I ever did before because I'm getting to understand what it's


like, it's such a mental game and in the physical elements of it I felt


this stomach cramps that Mo describes to me so often --. It is


torture but the feeling you get afterwards when you have achieved


something with that, you're gone through all the pain he finally


achieve it at a good time it certainly outweighs any payment you


been through building up to that. It's just shows you can do anything,


you can get up and within your own limits you can do what you want. The


double at the weekend would be Mo to win the race and you getting a


personal best? That would be great I love it and would love to get under


150 that Mo told me the course is quite tough and not to expect too


much. And there she is. Tania Farah had a significant person to greet


her there was that Mo who won the men's race and it did not look like


Tania was in the mood for a big cuddle at that point? I didn't know


he was there for the first minute I was like Lewis 's touching me. It


was hard but it was nice after I gathered myself and I said did you


win? You cross the line in? 1.49 .34. I said if I could go under two


hours I'd be happy so my aim was to get to 150 so to break that is


amazing, so happy. What did you think of the course? I told you


about the hill near the end, how did you find it? I was prepared for some


big hills so us try to save as much as I could for Myler 11 and when the


hill started I four OK this is an too bad so I try to fight my way up


and then it was maintaining pace until the finish so I have a game


plan for the. That helped a bit but it was still hard. Did you do the


Farah kick and the guy next to me said go through. I have nothing left


so I can. Do you have more of an insight now into the world of


running? I was feeling of a lot of pain from Myler ten onwards and I


thought how my going to get to the finish line. I get it, I know the


pain and I was telling myself right Mo is at the finish line and he was


here now he'll be telling me push through it so I kept telling herself


pushed it. When I got to 12 I thought once go so nearly there. Are


you back next year? I don't know it's too soon to ask me that. What's


the reward? Burger and chips I think. And some ice cream would be


nice. I'm sure we could do that for you Tanya Lee Mack Tania. Enjoy your


evening and the success of Mo. It all started yesterday with their


kids out there on the quayside ready for their races and we've sent Colin


Jackson down to mingle with the minis. I'm here on the quayside in


Newcastle, the beginning of the Great North Run weekend which starts


today with the five run for adults and continues later with the many


Great North Run for the children. Now I know you are running for a


special cause which is pretty clear that tellers us a bit more about it?


Today we are running for tiny lives. We work at a hospital in Newcastle


and it helps support the families who have had babies who are


premature. I'm going to have a quick chat with Mandy who has such an


inspirational story for anybody who has never run or thought about


fitness before, tell us your story? Where do I start. Four years ago I


had my first five K here. I started losing weight then, I was a size 22


and I had to lose weight. My husband started to get me out running and


like I say the first year I did five K and I came back year after ended


the Great North Run. The many Great North Run has over 6500 youngsters


participating between the age group of 3-6. This is the biggest running


event for this age group and the whole of the UK and it's sold out


rapidly this year. You may know a few names who have participated, and


an deck and less. -- Ant and Dec. The Great North Run is my favourite


race and this year they are trying to get 193 UN nations I came up with


the idea of sticking a flag of every nation address. I'm raising money at


the same time so it's done well. Do you like your address? Of course I


do. -- your address. Tell us the background? Isaac is a


keen runner, he has been running for many years and it runs in our


family. He was diagnosed with leukaemia in February so is unable


to run this time so we decided we would raise loads of money for


charities who have been helping us and he's getting to start the junior


race today. Last year I did the genie run and came somewhere in the


top 200. What are you looking forward to at the end? The medal.


What do you enjoy about being hit? I enjoy taking part and getting a


medal. You have a bit of company with you have a you. Tell us the


name of the bunny? Flopsy. Flopsy has a number as well write? Yes. Are


you going to give flock to the medal or yourself? Keep it myself. The


number of runners and the number of countries, 195 independent sovereign


states in the world, 193 member nations of the United Nations and


the Great North Run had a message from the Secretary General of the


United Nations, a little bit here. The Great North Run is an example


how sport empowers motivate and inspire is and all of this while


raising money for worthwhile causes. The Great North Run is a true


celebration of humanity in a culture that loves to celebrate winners,


this event makes winners of all the participants. I celebrate you all.


178 out of 193 member nations are represented here. It is up to


Brendan Foster to give entry forms edge dropped to the 15 countries


which are not represented this year. Perhaps a fact-finding mission. The


few in the South Pacific but a tremendous representation. 178


represented today. An amazing representation 178


countries, we have 15 to find though, or 17 more, how are you


going to get those to them? I will need a massive map first of all. And


Alice of the world. Once you found the countries, that could be the


job, go visit the Maybe -- Atlas. A lot in the South Pacific, small


islands off the coast of South Lever Australia. You are lining up the


fact finding mission. It is amazing to get that message from the head of


the UN though. Somewhere further down there, looking down the finish,


somewhere down the course is Denise Lewis. Finesse we saw you at the


beginning of the race and you are at the halfway stage now, how you


feeling? Amazing the support is fantastic and I've had so many jelly


babies. But it's lovely. Was the atmosphere like? Amazing. Look at


everybody supporting each other going along the way, amazing. This


is your first half marathon? PS I started running in March so it's


fantastic. How is the body feeling? Good. Keep up the good work. All


morning we have been bringing you some horrible histories of the Great


North Run course courtesy of Terry Deary and I think this next one...


Jarrow was one of the most important places in the world in the 1700s, in


the late 700s, the vicious Vikings make their famous attack on the


monastery here. But when they got here, the Viking terror nearly came


to a sticky end. The monastery here at Saint Pauls was the sense of


cultural learning and they have the greatest story beat. A year after


the raid, the Vikings sailed up the River Tyne to plunder this monastery


here, this time the locals were ready for them and they met armed


resistance. They Viking leader was killed and it was sent back to the


ship. The Viking misery was not over


because of storm wrecked their ships and the ones who made it safely to


shore were slaughtered by the Saxons. The Viking threat


disappeared for 40 years. Don't mess around with Jarrow! It's no use! He


is too fast for us! But we need to catch Mo Farah! Mo? Yes, it is short


for monk. One more Terry Deary horrible history to come, and we are


looking out for him because he said he will finish before the Red


Arrows. He said he always finishes before them. He is a great advert


for keeping young with a bit of running, a bit of distance running.


Let's keep out there because Terry will probably like a lot of those


who need a bit of TLC tonight, a little bit of a massage or a rub


down, and I think Colin has found just the spot. I tell you, running


this Great North Run, you get some luxuries. Relaxing yourself now but


some hard work. Did you enjoy it? Yes, really good. It has been ten


years since my last Great North Run and the people are just amazing,


amazing all the way round. Shouting, calling out your name, it gets you


going, really good. How much money have you actually raised, because we


know this is one of the biggest events where money is raised for


charity, so how much? My target was ?600 and I am well over that, up to


nearly ?900, and I am doing this for Click Sergeant and doing the Great


South Run in October. All the best for that and I guess I better leave


you to your massage. I really need it, my legs need it. I have enjoyed


it. Thank you, Colin. I am sure plenty of people would love a little


rub down at the end of their 13.1 miles today. We told you the story


of Andrea waiting, an incredible woman who has lost a heck of a lot


of weight thanks to the charity she has been inspired to run for in the


Great North Run today. I think she has reached the halfway stage with


Denise Lewis. Andrea, we heard your story earlier today. Are you feeling


at the halfway stage? Fantastic, absolutely amazing. I love it. Can


you believe you are here doing this? Absolutely not, gobsmacked. I just


think when I am doing it, I have run whatever distance. Unbelievable.


What kind of support have you had over the course of this race so far?


Absolutely amazing. Fantastic, everyone with a good happy spirit.


Family and friends have all supported me so much and are so


proud of me. What has been keeping you going? What are you listening to


on your iPod? It is a work-out mix and the first song is Are You


WithMe? And then David Bowie, Heroes, so they have been keeping me


going. She started out, Andrea waiting, on her journey to lose


weight, 13 stone, and she is out there on the course today hopefully


inspiring many other people to get up, get out and take those first


steps. As part of the Great North Run weekend, the centre of lighting


in Newcastle has commissioned a very special film to take a mindset at


the elite runner -- Centre Of Life. They have invited some of the great


and good to view the outcome. While I am running, certain senses


or potent. You just become aware of what things around you are, the


grass, the movements, landscapes that even though you're still living


and working hard you can take the time to appreciate -- certain senses


are heightened. I am trying to push my body hard,


and I do try to distract myself. Move my brain away from thinking


about how far I have two go or how bad I feel. I just use accounting


technique to keep myself in the moment. I am just


thinking, one, two, three, four, and putting one foot in front of the


other. Then when I get tired I just start again. Most elite athletes


have that ability to overcome the mental barriers. When I stopped, in


Athens, when I couldn't carry on there, my mum actually said to me, I


am glad, because you were able to override that instinct and just


push, push, no matter what. At the time it was hard for me to process


all of those things because I just felt the disappointment of not being


able to push my body on. But actually as time has gone on and I


have been able to look back and see that, yes, I do believe I have a


strong mind and I can push on through a lot. But when maybe it


should not be pushed through, I can stop. I think it was a very


interesting revelation of what goes on behind the scenes and in the


mind, the psyche, of world-class distance runner. And I thought Paula


explained some of her feelings with tremendous emotion. I think it was


beautifully filmed. And I think it is very revealing of how they


progress and how to live through a career as one of the world's


greatest distance runners. And the star of the film is with me here,


Paula Radcliffe. That is of course just a short excerpt of the whole


bigger film, but it is fascinating, you know, going into your mind and


seeing how you overcome those physical barriers? Yes, it made me


think about it a little bit. I think a lot of times, you don't. I look at


those pictures and whilst I see that, some of the camerawork, just


expressing the beauty of the areas I got to training, and it really was a


privilege to be able to do that as my job and just be able basically to


do what I wanted. I did look at some of the scenery and thought,


actually, I think I would want to keep running and running, it is


stunning. That must make a difference, the kind of places you


have been able to run in your career? Definitely. The principal


reason I used that so much for my training was not so much altitude


but because it was a beautiful area to training, somewhere I could go


away and focus on my training, on my recovery, and be motivated on those


days when everyone gets. Whereas I just have to focus on the next lamp


post because I know I have to much more to go. That can work as well! A


lot of people use that for motivation along the route and that


is one of the special things about races like this, isn't it? Seeing


that emotion hit the runners as they cross the finish and they realise


they have it accomplished, they have done it. One of my friends finished


and said, my God, it was so hard, but I loved it every step of the


way. The crowd pushes you on and the runners around you push on. Euphoria


on people's faces is wonderful. I love watching people crossed that


line. They are either looking at the time, delighted with themselves,


there is the reward of either a hug with a loved one or a piece of cake,


but the mindset is interesting. Some people will have


their own tools, and even Tania Farah was saying, Mo does this, he


tells me to keep going, and you have your own kind of mantra, don't you?


Yes, you definitely do. You have your own goals and whatever you want


to get out of the race and that is what is special about this. You find


something else out about yourself along the way and you discover kind


of what makes you tick and what works for you. What you get out of


it. There are those people who want to be in their own little world,


Kelly Holmes, when she ran this year in the marathon, her music on,


didn't want to hear anything around her, but it is so special, what


everyone around you is going through! Chatting to those people


coming hearing things from the site, but everybody is different and has a


different motivation and a different thing that makes them tick and get


through it. Getting through those challenges, yes. It is a very


special occasion and Colin is still there in the tent, I believe. Who


has he found this time to chat to? Well, I have three... I would like


to see exhausted men, but you look really fresh! Michael, first. This


is great, everyone's names and numbers here. What happened? I


changed it at the last minute and it didn't have my nickname. You better


tell me. David. Gentlemen, how was the race? How did it go? I am


absolutely knackered. I did it before but it did not seem as hard


the last ten. It seems harder this time. Really good, really great.


Rob, you are the first of these to finish? Rate, the atmosphere was


great out there, everybody came out in force. Brilliant. Brilliant.


David, how much money did you actually raise? About ?400. The


first time I have done it. The first males were no bother but the last


few, couldn't have run any faster, too hot -- first miles. Would you


advise someone with my background to do this run? Absolutely. I am glad


you said that! LAUGHTER


Gentleman, well done. Thank you. GABBY LOGAN: Some familiar faces! Or


not so familiar! Who is behind these masks -- here are some familiar


faces. I am running for a good charity for disabled kids and hoping


to get them doing the Great North Run one day. I am running for an


amazing charity at the hospital that helps everybody with cancer, gives


support to families and friends, so get your sponsorship to please. It


has been amazing running round as Ant and Dec, I have to say. So many


autographs and selfies. It has slowed down a little bit but it has


been great. Are you enjoying the atmosphere? Definitely! Definitely!


Well done, ladies. I am sure we can get the real Ant and Dec out here


next year pounding these streets. I am pretty sure they would be mobbed


all the way round. Other support for everyone out there, whether you are


well-known, whether they know you from the television, whether you are


a local sportsman, a national one, an elite runner, the support out


there is absolutely fantastic. You get the feeling as well that people


along the course, it every year because it is a tradition, it is


what they love to do, they love to show their running and they cannot


imagine life without this Great North Run. The Great North Run as it


was brought together incredible stories of people over the years,


and it was a tragic set of circumstances and rugby that brought


these two together. Drawing up rugby was my life, I was playing,


training, then my dream came true. My 17th birthday I was asked to play


for the London Broncos. Just 20 seconds into the match, as I had


hundreds if not thousands of times before playing the game, something


went terribly wrong, and I have since been told when I went in for


that tackle, someone came in to help me and his knee struck me in the


side of my neck and it broke instantly. I knew I had broken my


neck. Paramedics were acting -- asking if I could touch my hands and


I could not. I was pleading with them to let me die. As a 17-year-old


lad, how do you come to terms with having everything you ever lived for


and cleaned about ticking away from you? -- lived for and screamed


about. It was horrific. I made the decision to try to build a career


for myself and over 12 years, down the line, I am here at the Great


North Run, sat here as somebody who has been fortunate enough to read


law and can work as a lawyer. The OBE was just something completely


out of the blue. Receiving that from Prince Charles at the palace, it was


almost like I had come full circle. Now I was back working, back to


normal life, and to get it was a great honour. Danny was hilarious,


the joker of the pack. Everybody wanted him on their stag do, that


sort of guy, once seen and never forgotten. My life has changed so


much since losing Danny. Sometimes you think you do whatever to come to


terms with it, you just learn to live again. A lot of rugby league


players have died of cardiac arrests and hereditary heart problems before


and nothing ever seems to have been done about it. I couldn't live with


myself doing nothing. I have always said he was just far too special to


not make a change, to make a difference. It needed to start with


him. My main thing was that maybe if somebody else's mum or a wife or


sister or brother had done what I have done so far for the Rugby


league, Danny might still be alive right now. He might have had the


tests that I have had passed, he might have been served a good


defibrillator at the club that wasn't there before.


Danny was one of the biggest fans I had with singing, he would have me


singing in front of anyone so when they asked me I said of course there


were 100%. When Matt did get injured, Danny was playing in the


game at Halifax. A turn of events meant Danny was playing in the


match. A weird twist of fate he would run wants me to run by the


side of them. 2006 was with a worlds first, driving my wheelchair using


my chin because I only have neck movement. I spent hour after hour


driving round a disused circuit in Bedfordshire building at the time I


could control my chair for. The best thing I've ever said yes to. Raising


money for rugby league cares, I can want anything more. -- couldn't.


Incredible people dealing with extraordinary circumstances and they


are side-by-side on this Great North Run course. They got to the halfway


mark where Denise Lewis stopped them for a chat. I'm joined now by Matt


and Lizzie, it's great you are at the halfway stage, this team of


yours, fantastic art made? It's only halfway. Though it's an amazing


team, and amazing course, rugby league cares, counting down the


miles, a fantastic day. Such a great day and great energy. That keeping


everyone going at the moment, it's tough out there. Lizzie you look


fresh as a daisy. Thank you I don't feel it. Keeping each other safe.


Great inspiration so many of you, raising money and raising awareness


for such a vital cause. Definitely, the charity started in my husband's


memory is driving. It's a fantastic organisation, they are not the


richest the richest in valleys and that is what the team is all about.


And big on heart? Massive. Saving hearts in rugby league. If you to


stop and talk, you're doing a fab job everybody. Matt Eurostar. Thank


you. -- you're a star. We've had so many


great stories today and of course so many out there which as I said


earlier, we cannot talk about everybody but I'm sure they all know


and you know if you're watching and supporting. I want to say well done


to my daughter Catherine and Anna, both finished now and cake seems to


be the order of the day. Heather Armstrong for the Stroke


Association. Catherine Nicholson for north-east autism. Steve Gormley for


the little heart appeal. Lesnar Children's Hospital. Of course there


are those who get the unfortunate job of wearing the charity mascot,


George the giraffe is out there. Alice Townsend, well done, she is


going to make it dressed as a giraffe, I'm not sure she will then


surely that will make it like everyone else. A hot day for those


in fancy dress. Three Scooby Doo 's I've seen, two supermen are crossing


the line right now but three Scooby Doo 's. The biggest club


representation comes from time bridge carriers, 170 of them


represented. Outside the north-east Leeds, 1366, Sheffield 1092 or the


way down to the Outer Hebrides, a big area, seven running from there.


Cani confirm if this is true Brendan, 1981, Kevin Keegan ran the


very first Great North Run and he had problem with his but an


11-year-old, Eddie ended up stopping his trainers? What size of the


steered Kevin Keegan have iffy soft tissues? Same size as Eddie. They


recently got together and Kevin Na photograph of them, if you think


about it, Kevin was the England football captain of the time. With


tiny size five feet. But a great player. And he ran one hour 26 even


after swapping shoes with Eddie, an 11-year-old. They will be coming


through for a good few hours, 57,000 entrants, 50,000 of them running and


everybody here just crossing the line, their work is done and it's


the feeling of euphoria, the endorphins flooding the body and a


great effort by all. I said it before. You stand here and


you get the great privilege seeing people, over the line and seeing the


euphoria and seeing the emotion. I turned round them and on the back of


a vest was a picture of a man's wife and she died this year, these people


are so brave and it is so inspirational, it is a true joy to


stand here and a privilege to see them running through the line. Out


there on the course there are plenty of those people who will inspire you


but also people having a lot of fun and going for records of their own.


The little comets are going for a musical world record, how are they


getting on Denise? You are looking tired Little comets. Plodding on.


How was it out there? Everyone's been sharing a son, is difficult to


get round people let people passed us, I knocked someone on the head


before so I'm sorry. Tuning issues with the guitars. The singing is all


right,. You've nailed the singing and running together? Yeah it's just


the guitars going out of June but it's arrived. Now is your moment to


tune up again. Excellent guys keep going. Get the


stopwatch back on again. Keep going little comets, a local indie band


hoping to go down the hallway in keeping in musical. We spoke to


Ricky Wilson earlier about the concert tonight which is an after


party for the Great North Run, masterminded by Graham Wylie who is


a local entrepreneur. All of the money raised will stay in the


north-east and primarily go to two charities, the Teenage Cance Trust


and Lord of Robins. Imaging has autism, and other


develop mental delays. Music for imaging is one way she can connect


with other people. She is able to learn even tasks, the alphabet to


music, tying her shoelaces to music, so for people like image in its


actually a bit of a lifeline. She does seem to come alive and it's


really great to see and that's why I love doing this work because she is


in our own little world but the many you strike chord and you give that


first night to lead into a piece of music she is there with the end she


will immediately. She just giggles and smiles and she has Harry Kane in


hand and will bounce it off the floor and then we'll with


instrumental playing which will allow it to express a different form


which has become her identity so music is vital for her. -- she has


her cane in hand. In particular kids who are disadvantaged or have a


disability. The idea is that we will build a centre in Newcastle, the


Centre were very fortunate to talk to the Kaiser Chiefs and they said


they would love to put a concert on in the north-east and help raise the


money for the centre. It's the same day as the Great North Run so we're


hoping that many the runners and families and friends will come along


to the concert tonight and raise money for a good cause. Run, rock


and raise is the official after party. It is on behalf of three


charities, the Graham Wylie foundation, Teenage Cance Trust and


none of Robins. The Teenage Cance Trust, they are the only UK trust


providing specialist care for teenagers and young adults so from


the ages of 13 to 24. They provide a specialist units with specialist


nurses, almost like a home from home so you can carry on being a teenager


and have your treatments running alongside.


Unfortunately after Christmas this year my brother passed away of


leukaemia and he undertook a lot of treatment at Cancer trust unit in


Harle and what I did for Christmas, I did one of the things you never


have to do which is Google what to buy someone who is dying for


Christmas and things that materialistic didn't really matter


and I decided to make an term promises so I did different promises


of which one was to raise ?20,000 for Teenage Cance Trust. The Teenage


Cance Trust was one of the wards where Rob was for three years when


he was undertaking treatment for his bone marrow transplant and everybody


on the wards supported and helped him. You don't want to be on a


depressing one, it is light and airy and lots of things for people to do


to keep themselves occupied, not sat there moping around thinking I've


got cancer, you are actually thinking positively and just the


smallest of things make a huge difference. These ten promises are


helping me in terms of wanting to do things as best as I can for Robert


or so in my mind, not forgetting his memory as well and hopefully he will


be proud of me as well so fingers crossed we will finish in a good


time and all in one piece which is what counts. And the Great North Run


after party in the shape of that fantastic concert night headlined by


the Kaiser Chiefs, we saw the keyboardist earlier on Peanuts. He


came in at 1.30, Ricky Wilson will be there leading the show and


tickets are available at the Metro radio Arena so great way to combat


after the euphoria and high of the Great North Run. For some people it


is not always a high. They need a bit of respite and all they want to


do is chat to Colin Jackson. I said earlier I have one of the best jobs


because I've just relaxing but I mean, what did you think when you


decided to run like this? I poured the short straw why can I say. We


did is six years ago and we are running in memory of our friend


Graham Harrison and my friend John Dawes who would up the anti-little


bit and put on the hot seat just two of the Challenger little bit but it


was all worth it, people thought I was an apple or an Eminem, they know


it's all for a good cause. It hurts but was worth it. Brilliant stuff.


He will use that as the reason why you ended up being in red?


Definitely. How was the run for you? Brilliant slow start picked up at


the end. Slow and steady wins the race. Apparently you were the talk


of the I left you last. Tell us about how much money you think


between the three of you how much she raised? I think two and a half


thousand now. So we are really pleased between our group, a couple


of us are still running, we said we would do it again and to hear that


amount of money is brilliant. All a great cause so pleased.


Characteristic of the Berlin cause, well done gentlemen, I will see you


next year. Brilliant thank you. -- the brilliant cause. As is


tradition, the first fly-past of the red arrows is taking place and we'll


shot our heads in the air because it is such a magnificent sound. The man


next to me is Stephen Hillier he basically runs the air force who has


been running today as well. Is it a sound and a site that still fills


you with marble? It's great to see the red arrows in such a great day


-- marvel. Is this your first time? First time at the Great North Run. A


great race, great weather and a great crowd, what a great


atmosphere. Tell me your time. 1:48.50, I was pleased with that.


Running for the John egging trust and it commemorates John egging he


was one of the red arrows pilot who tragically lost his life five years


ago during an air display and the trust seeks to improve the lives of


young people and motivate them to give them opportunities so I am


proud to be running for them today. The charity does incredible work.


This involvement with the red arrows in the Great North Run is historic.


It feels it is part of whole thing. The founder of horrible history said


he always finishes before the red arrows.


It is a marker for some people, isn't it? Yes, and to see them


flying over the Tyne, it is iconic, and great to see the display on such


a fantastic location. However we have not seen Terry do it just yet


so this may be the first year he has not finished before the red arrows


so he may be mightily disappointed. They are about to start their


display, out over the North Sea, ready to that. The hours and hours


of practice that goes into do this, practising the moves. It is so


meticulous, isn't it? Absolutely. And we are proud to display in front


of the public. It takes a huge amount of effort and choose the


qualities we look for in the RAF, the discipline, and that sense of


challenge and purpose, saw a great advert for the Royal Air Force and


for the nation as well, I think. You can enjoy that, too, along with the


crowds. Well done on your run today as well. Thank you for that -- so it


is a great advert. Let's get back to our commentators to talk you through


this magnificent display. Steve. Thank you, Gabby. It was certainly


very exciting to get the chance to fly with the title red arrows a good


few years ago. Most of them in my book were names like Aaargh and Ooh!


Because it is pretty tough out there. You have to be pretty fit, it


is great rigorous physical test -- a chance to fly with the Red Arrows.


When you said you were flying with them, you're actually a passenger? I


got to twiddle the Nobbs a little bit! To release the smoke?


Excellent. -- the knobs. It is a great experience and one of the


reasons we are so very proud, because as Gabby was saying, such a


fixture here. Not in the early years. I am trying to think,


Brendan. 2002... Certainly not in the early years. How did it start? I


think we saw them on telly once! LAUGHTER


Well, from a bunch of wonderful men in their wonderful flying machines,


this is a tenuous link, but let's see who Denise has with her... I


couldn't help but notice this trio of wonder women. What has it been


like out there today? The absolutely amazing atmosphere like it has been


every year. The community coming to sort everyone, it is to Mendis. Why


are you running? Because she is such a wonder woman. She was diagnosed


just under, just over three years ago, with breast cancer. She had a


baby at the time as well, had just had a baby, and has beaten breast


cancer and said she could not have done it without McMillan so we are


running for them. You are a bit of a star? I know as soon as I put this


microphone here, I just hope... You're such an inspiration.


Honestly, I could not have done it without them. They dragged me...


They still have to drag me! It is wonderful. My first Great North Run,


and it is amazing. You have to come out and do it, everyone. We are


delighted to have you, to have all three of you. Enjoy the rest of the


way. Nearly their! Thank you! Goodbye! What do you call a group


of... Well, we will put busy in there, four wonder women! You are


good at this? It will come to me. I am sure there is such a thing. I


love watching all the different rounds. They come through and it is


so well managed, after they have let a few on one final, they move the


rope across and get the runners to another final, because it gets very


crowded at the finish at this stage. You can see the Pacers and they are


there throughout the run, going back to... How far back, I don't know.


You can see them running there with the banners above them, so if you


want to get a particular time, pretty much from an hour and 20


minutes, I think, back down, then you can do that. A lot of people


have a tremendous kick left because it is very crowded and you might get


caught in a bit of a crush. Then it just opens towards the end and you


have a bit of a mad strength. We have seen a few of those and a few


in a of this report as well, but they are finishing, so that is


imported, or perhaps even more important that they taking part --


in various states of disrepair as well. We have the Red Arrows as


well, but all sorts of outfits and costumes and I think that maybe...


Is that Terry Deary? Anyway, we are looking for him, still out there,


just about finishing. That is ten! Horrible Histories of them who has


been giving us a guide to the history around the course. He is out


there running in his 20th Great North Run today. Yes, he does love


his running, Terry. I know he has been getting slower in recent times.


A great supporter of lots of local events, not just the Great North


Run. He is a regular fixture and we are delighted to see him here. Those


films have been really informative. Finding out a bit more about it.


GABBY LOGAN: Terry, with just a few hundred yards to go and he will have


a chat with us, no doubt. Making his way across the finish line, and well


we have that, we have a bit more educational footage to show you,


which is his final Horrible Histories don't assure you...


The final mile! Most runners agree, it is the longest mail since Mr


Imperial invented measurement, and it starts just here, north of the


grotto, which is blasted into a large cliff and in 70 needed to a


man and his wife borrowed some explosives from a local quarry and


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


zigzag stairway down the cliff. There are choice of accommodation


attracted visitors, and it was suggested they supplied the


smugglers who use the caves alongside these cliffs -- along


these cliffs to hide their cargoes. Legend says one smuggler was turned


down but they escaped. When they found him, they put him in a basket


and laud him down the shaft known as Smuggler's Hole, Where They Left


Them To Starve To Death they left him to die in front of their eyes


and it is said on the long dark stormy nights the sound of his ghost


can be heard. Those be the ghostly moans of John the Jibber! Or they


could be the ghostly moans of runners at the finishing line... You


could be right! GABBY LOGAN: There are the Hours


with their fantastic display. Kerry, you said you always finish with


them, but not today -- there are the Red Arrows. I think you have done


tremendously well as a man on his 20th outing here. With your time. I


have met some superb crazy people. Can I tell you one? A guy at the


start said, I have done every single run and this week I have not felt so


good. I have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Maybe that is


the reason? Maybe it is! Incredible. Did you stay with them? No, he was


too fast for me, but I am glad to have finished, and I hope you have


enjoyed all the videos. We have absolutely love them. Steve Cram


said you actually taught him something about Jarrow, which is


great because I thought he knew absolutely everything about it. Use


the Chancellor of university so there is quite he doesn't know!


Sorry, Steve! And you are Black Cat, so you know quite a lot... Yes, and


Brendan Foster is on the other side. He was sent a map of how to how to


get to Burton Albion football club, and Brendan was not amused! It has


been great having you are involved with the films. Will you be back


next year? Perhaps, but I will let you know next year. 1720 does sound


like a good round-up! Let's go back to our commentary team. Steve,


Brendan and Andrew. LAUGHTER


We love Terry! I will not mention what you said to my colleagues at


the University of Sunderland, but we loved all of your films, Terry, it


was great fun. He is right about the little zero I sent Brendan at the


end of last season. Anyway! -- the little note. If you would like the


chance to come and enjoy this wonderful event next year it will be


on September the tenth, and we have a reminder service we will open, so


if you would like to sign up to that, that will then let you know


when the ballot opens which will be sometime early next year. So another


wonderful day and I know that from us in the commentary box it has been


a cracker, Mo Farah winning his third race. And Brendan has lost


out... Fantastic to see such a nice day, two Olympic champions winning


the men's and women's races. A very tired Mo Farah, what a year he has


given us. 57,000 starters, almost a record number, we have had a great


day with them and it is still going! I feel a little bit sorry for John


the Jibber after that and peace from Terry Deary because it does not


sound like he had a fair trial, but what a glorious day here. They


continue to funnel down the road at South Shields towards the finish


line, all weary and tired having worked very hard but enjoying


themselves as well, cheered along the way by so many thousands and


thousands of spectators. As the Red Arrows do their thing up there, and


many people running below them also do their journey, setting out to


achieve what they -- achieving what they set out to achieve today. That


is the biggest thing for me. Watching people streamed through the


front at South Shields, achieving that finish in the Great North Run.


See you next year. Yes, it has been a great day and that is just about


it from us in the commentary box, Gabby, we are off for a little bit


of cake. I will join you soon. Thank you to you, Steve, Andrew, Denise,


Paula, and Steve does not have to worry because Sunderland play


tomorrow! The women's football show is on at 20 past midnight.


Paralympic coverage is on five live and the BBC sport website as well.


It has been a magnificent Great North Run from the very start, with


Sebastian Coe and David Rudisha and Amy Tinkler getting all the runners


on their way. So many charities have benefited today. So many lives have


been changed. So many people will come through this experience


thinking, this is for them. A better and more active life. I hope you


have been inspired. I know I have. We will see you next time. From all


of us, goodbye.


Gabby Logan presents live coverage of the 2016 Great North Run. Now in its 36th year, the world's leading half-marathon has grown from 12,000 on the start line in 1981 to 57,000 entries. The course starts in Newcastle and stretches 13.1 miles to the finish at South Shields, taking in iconic sights such as the Tyne Bridge on its way.

In 2014, the Great North Run made history as the first official athletics event in the world to welcome its millionth finisher. This year the organisers are trying to set a world record for the number of nationalities taking part in a mass-participation running event.

In the group of elite runners is Mo Farah, fresh from retaining his 5,000 and 10,000m Olympic titles in Rio. Mo is aiming for a hat-trick of Great North Run titles, having won in 2014 and 2015. Lining up alongside Mo is a strong international field hoping to end his grip on the title.

The women's race sees former world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya against a field that includes her compatriot and 2013 Great North Run winner Priscah Jeptoo, and Britain's former European cross-country champion Gemma Steel. Steel has finished runner-up the past two years.

The Great North Run is nothing without the mass runners, many of whom are raising money for causes close to them, and we will hear some of those stories during the programme as well as live updates from out on the course with Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson.

Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Brendan Foster and Paula Radcliffe.

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