The race was started by two of Newcastle's most famous exports, Ant and Dec, and a host of celebrities were amongst the 54,000 entrants.

 

The winning place was taken by the Ethiopian, Haile Gebrselassie who is rated the greatest distance runner of all time. He was first past the finish line in just 59 minutes 33 seconds. An emotional Gebrselassie said “ I feel my career is complete. This was important and special for me and a great day in my life.” He was followed by Kenya’s Kiplimo Kimutai who finished in second place with a time of 61 minutes 23 seconds. Jaouad Gharib from Morocco finished third.

Gebrselassie, four time world 10,000m champion, marathon world-record holder and two-time Olympic 10,000 metres champion was running in the Great North Run for the first time.

 

Berhane Adere took the women's race for a second time in 68 minutes 49 seconds, making it a double victory for Ethiopia. Second was Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal and Marissa Barros also from Portugal came home in third place in 69 minutes 09 seconds.

In the wheelchair races impressive performances were posted by winners David Weir took the men’s title in 44 minutes 49 seconds and Shelly Woods won the women’s contest in 52 minutes 59 seconds.

 

 

Bupa Great North Run founder, Brendan Foster, has hailed the Bupa 30th Great North Run weekend as the “best ever”, as the last runner crossed the line at South Shields on Sunday 19 September, watched by hundreds of thousands of people who lined the 13.1 mile route.

 

A red Arrows fly-past and fun runners in wacky outfits made the Bupa Great North Run a truly spectacular event.

 

The Bupa 30th Great North Run was preceded on Saturday by the junior and mini events, where 5,000 children from the ages of 3-16 took part on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.

 

Alongside the children, the Bupa Great North CityGames saw England defeat Australia 5-4 in a closely fought contest on the banks of the River Tyne, in the athletics equivalent of the ‘Ashes’.

 

This year’s Bupa Great North Run has kicked off a year of celebrations to mark the 30 year history and the changing face of the race. For more details visit 

 

www.greatnorthrun30.org

 

Next year’s event will take place on Sunday 18 September.

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