A record number of runners from across the globe finished this year’s Bupa Great North Run.
The official figure now stands at 40,125 competitors – the first time the race has ever topped the 40,000 mark.
Together, this year’s runners travelled the equivalent of 20 times around the world and raised an estimated £20m for 270 charities.
The average running time was two hours, 12 minutes and 19 seconds – two minutes faster than last year’s figure.
There were people from more than 50 countries around the world on Sunday’s start line, making the 32nd annual half marathon a truly global event.
David Hart, Communication Director at run organisers Nova International said: “The 2012 Bupa Great North Run was the most successful yet. For the first time ever, we topped the 40,000 mark. The only other time we came close to this was two years ago, when we were just short. The average time was two minutes faster this year, which we suspect was due to the rain cooling people down”.
Early indicators show BBC television coverage viewing was 7% higher than last year. The race was also televised live across Europe on sports channel Eurosport, reaching millions of fans.
The Great North Run required a mammoth planning operation, involving some 488 medics on the route, including expert consultants and cardiac specialists and over 2,200 volunteers from local clubs and groups.
Runners drank approximately 18,000 gallons of Aqua Pura water and more than 4,400 gallons of Powerade.
London 2012 star Mo Farah was one of five Olympic gold medallists who started the race. The 5,000m and 10,000m champion was honorary starter alongside long jumper Greg Rutherford, boxer Nicola Adams, Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds and North East rower Kat Copeland.
Organisers have now announced that next year’s event will take place on 15 September 2013.
And already 10,000 people have signed up to the 2013 reminder service to receive alerts on the event via the website.
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