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The Great North Run.

By Scaramanga
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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Richsr 11 91 223 England
8 Oct 2008 12:12PM
Great set of record images of the GNR - good details and colours too.
Regards Richard.

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dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
8 Oct 2008 12:13PM
what a fantastic series of shot... show lots of character Smile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
8 Oct 2008 12:33PM
Super images, just love the guy laughing in V.1! Carol
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
8 Oct 2008 12:57PM
Great expression, especially in #1
RTDS 9 Cyprus
8 Oct 2008 1:17PM
Great shots,excellent details.
I like all of the pictures,my fav is the first one...superb capture.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
8 Oct 2008 1:21PM
Nice series. - gary
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
8 Oct 2008 1:26PM
Well done Andrew
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
8 Oct 2008 1:31PM
Great set of captures

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
8 Oct 2008 2:05PM
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.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 2:20PM
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.
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 2:31PM
Great smile in v1, thwey are all good shots
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 2:40PM
I guess V1 is the strongest but this is an excellent set, full of characters. Really must get into town for this one year!
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 2:48PM
very good set of captures, with v1 standing out with that huge smile
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2008 2:53PM
Version 1 - by a smile!
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
8 Oct 2008 2:55PM
Fabulous images, V1 is my fav, a stunning smile...
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
8 Oct 2008 3:02PM
Nice display of characters

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
8 Oct 2008 3:06PM
What a fantastic series.
Strobe 10 1.3k United States
8 Oct 2008 3:13PM
Good series, particularly V1
Silverzone 10 2 England
8 Oct 2008 3:20PM
Super set, love the expressions. Sylvia
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
8 Oct 2008 3:59PM
V3 and 4 are totally amusing, in contrast to the serious runners in 1 and 2

peugeot406 11 7 1 England
8 Oct 2008 4:46PM
Superb set of images well deserve RC
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
8 Oct 2008 4:59PM
excellent set !
number 4 for me Smile (fun &... green !)
8 Oct 2008 6:35PM
great images, would love to have been there.

John Smile
whiteswan01 10 13 England
8 Oct 2008 6:44PM
great set looks like they all had fun
Ray42 10 3 England
8 Oct 2008 7:50PM
Great set of candid pictures - most of them were smiling
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
8 Oct 2008 7:57PM
Wonderful series with great expressions and some fun shots too.
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
8 Oct 2008 8:51PM
This is what its all about, great captures.
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
8 Oct 2008 8:52PM
That chap looks a good advert for oral health.
Well captured Andrew.

Cormy 10 3 England
8 Oct 2008 9:09PM
What a set of gnashers in V1,great ad for Dentaid!!! Smashing set of shots.
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2008 10:36AM
Super images, just love the guy laughing in V.1

well captured

piccy 11 8 Wales
9 Oct 2008 5:26PM
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.
Paree 13 616 3
9 Oct 2008 7:10PM
lovely happy faces
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
10 Oct 2008 10:40AM
Iove number 2/looks like he is saying what am I doing here.Great.
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
10 Oct 2008 8:42PM
Wonderful colourful series, looks like a great event to participate in.
annefromleo 12 11 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2008 7:37AM
fantstic! and thanks for editorial as well
KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 8:49AM
great set of images

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