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The BUPA Great North Run is the world's most popular half marathon road running event. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in England. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster. Foster was inspired after running in the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in 1979.

The first ever Great North Run was staged on the 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2003, the number of participants had risen to 47,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; twenty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the London Marathon (Britain's second biggest road race every year since 1981) comes close to attracting 'similar' numbers of athletes each year.

In recent years, a Great North Mile has also been held.

In the 2004 Great North Mile race on Saturday 25 September, double Olympic Gold medalist Kelly Holmes made her first appearance in Britain since returning from the 2004 Summer Olympics. Holmes also fired the gun to start the main event on Sunday 26 September, and waved and shook hands with many of the 50,000 starters.

In addition the The 'Tunnel 2K' international warm up race, on the day before the Great North run sees wheelchair athletes competing over a 2km course ran through the Tyne Tunnel between North and South Shields.


52,000 ran this year.

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Title:The Great North Run.
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Uploaded:8 Oct 2008 - 12:00 PM
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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 12:12 PM

Great set of record images of the GNR - good details and colours too.
Regards Richard.

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dawnmichelle
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8 Oct 2008 - 12:13 PM

what a fantastic series of shot... show lots of character Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 12:33 PM

Super images, just love the guy laughing in V.1! Carol

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 12:57 PM

Great expression, especially in #1

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
8 Oct 2008 - 1:17 PM

Great shots,excellent details.
I like all of the pictures,my fav is the first one...superb capture.
Robert

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6520 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 1:21 PM

Nice series. - gary

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photophantom
8 Oct 2008 - 1:26 PM

Well done Andrew

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 1:31 PM

Great set of captures

Stace

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 2:05 PM

I tried some shots at Edinburgh's half marathon,but got nought worth posting.Not as easy as it seems,so well done.
Good set here.
Mick.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 - 2:20 PM

What an amazing set of pictures, No 1 is my personal favourite tose teeth excellent, and they sure complement the wording on his T Shirt.
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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 - 2:31 PM

Great smile in v1, thwey are all good shots
john

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom989 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 2:40 PM

I guess V1 is the strongest but this is an excellent set, full of characters. Really must get into town for this one year!
Moira

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imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 2:48 PM

very good set of captures, with v1 standing out with that huge smile
ian

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 2:53 PM

Version 1 - by a smile!
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hellsbells8868

Fabulous images, V1 is my fav, a stunning smile...

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
8 Oct 2008 - 3:02 PM

Nice display of characters

Peter

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 3:06 PM

What a fantastic series.
Bob

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Strobe
Strobe  71254 forum posts United States
8 Oct 2008 - 3:13 PM

Good series, particularly V1

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Silverzone
8 Oct 2008 - 3:20 PM

Super set, love the expressions. Sylvia

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 3:59 PM

V3 and 4 are totally amusing, in contrast to the serious runners in 1 and 2

Jennnn

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peugeot406
8 Oct 2008 - 4:46 PM

Superb set of images well deserve RC
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pascalg
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8 Oct 2008 - 4:59 PM

excellent set !
number 4 for me Smile (fun &... green !)

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lifesnapper
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8 Oct 2008 - 6:35 PM

great images, would love to have been there.

John Smile

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whiteswan01
8 Oct 2008 - 6:44 PM

great set looks like they all had fun
Dawn

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 7:50 PM

Great set of candid pictures - most of them were smiling

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Rende
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8 Oct 2008 - 7:57 PM

Wonderful series with great expressions and some fun shots too.
Rende

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BURNSIE
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8 Oct 2008 - 8:51 PM

This is what its all about, great captures.
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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2008 - 8:52 PM

That chap looks a good advert for oral health.
Well captured Andrew.

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
8 Oct 2008 - 9:09 PM

What a set of gnashers in V1,great ad for Dentaid!!! Smashing set of shots.
Cheers

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sunshot  9 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2008 - 10:36 AM

Super images, just love the guy laughing in V.1

well captured




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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
9 Oct 2008 - 5:26 PM

I like the first one, all good though. going to try and see my daughter in the Cardiff half marathon in 2 weeks time. Hoping for some shots as good as yours.
Freda

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Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2008 - 7:10 PM

lovely happy faces
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10 Oct 2008 - 10:40 AM

Iove number 2/looks like he is saying what am I doing here.Great.
Tom.

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roverrat
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10 Oct 2008 - 8:42 PM

Wonderful colourful series, looks like a great event to participate in.
Alex

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annefromleo
11 Oct 2008 - 7:37 AM

fantstic! and thanks for editorial as well
Anne

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14 Oct 2008 - 8:49 AM

great set of images

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