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Great North Run 2018

Great North Run 2018

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Runners in the Great North Run

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  1. 38th year of world’s biggest half marathon
  2. Sir Mo Farah is attempting to defend his 2017 title and claim an unprecedented fifth consecutive victory
  3. In the women’s competition, 2016 champion Vivian Cheruiyot heads the pack
  4. Around 57,000 entries have signed up to raise money and awareness for good causes

Live Reporting

By Kal Sajad, Andrew Mullen and Sam Harris

All times stated are UK

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  1. Claire Baxter's Great North Run vest

    Copyright: Claire Baxter

    A year ago or so, running the Great North Run would be the last thing Claire Baxter would’ve thought she would be doing.

    But, as she begun to lose eight stone in a year with a dieting group, she also joined the Knaresborough Striders in their ‘Zero to Hero‘ programme.

    After increasing her distances and completing a few 10K races she is now taking part in her first half marathon.

    Claire Baxter before (far left) and after (right) her weight loss

    Copyright: Claire Baxter

    Image caption: Claire Baxter before (far left) and after (right) her weight loss
  2. Two groups have emerged as they head through the first mile in a rather pedestrian 5:26 just ahead of the Tyne Bridge.

  3. The architect for change…

    Kathrine Switzer has shared her story of how her determination changed running for women.

    “I signed up with my initials so they thought I was a guy, this got me through entry and I officially became the first female to run the Boston Marathon.

    “The race co-ordinator was so angry that he tried to throw me out. This ended up with my boyfriend throwing him out and I went on to finish the race.

    “It’s great to see half the people on the route today are women.”

    Katherine Switzer

    Copyright: Getty Images

  4. Post update

    Elite Wheelchair Men

    David Weir leads the men’s elite wheelchair race by around 30 seconds from Johnboy Smith as he seeks a seventh win in the race.

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    Caroline Foster: Bruiser is ready for the Great North Run!

    Bruiser the dog

    Copyright: @cfoster1010

  6. Elite Women underway

    Elite Women

    Olympic and World champion Vivian Cheruiyot begins her bid to win a
    third Great North Run in three years.

    Half marathon world record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei is also one
    of the favourites in a strong field.

  7. ‘If I hadn’t found exercise, I don’t know where I’d be’

    Good luck to Claire Coulthard who is running today.

    Here she is describing how exercise helped her overcome mental health problems.

    Video content

    Video caption: Great North Run: How Claire Coulthard tackled mental health through exercise
  8. Wheelchair races underway

    Elite Wheelchair Men & Women

    Six-time Paralympic gold medalist David Weir heads off in the 13-man elite wheelchair field.

    And the three competitors in the women’s race are also underway, including 2018 Great Manchester Run champion Liz McTernan.

  9. Five pioneers of running

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, so to officially start the runners at the podium will be five truly inspiring women who have inspired female runners around the world.

    • Kathrine Switzer – the first woman to officially complete the Boston
      Marathon in 1967.
    • Rosa Mota – the first and only woman to win marathon gold at the European Championships,
      World Championships and Olympic Games.
    • Ingrid Kristiansen – the only woman to have
      held the record for the 5000m, 10000m, half marathon and marathon simultaneously.
    • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – an 11-time gold medallist at the Paralympics Games, two-time world champion and eight-time winner of the women’s wheelchair race at the Great North Run.
    • Paula Radcliffe – three-time winner of the London Marathon, three-time New York Marathon champion, and 2002 Chicago Marathon winner,
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    Dave Wilson: ‘But Dave don’t you roll out that same pic every year!?’

    Yes. Yes I do!

    Here’s to the 13 times I’ve done the Great North Run (one medal lost, one year I turned around and ran back). Good luck to everyone today. Don’t stress about the time. Enjoy the experience. Focus on the finish!

    Great North Run medals

    Copyright: @DavidWilsn

  11. Happy Birthday to you

    Becky Grey

    BBC Sport at the Great North Run

    An announcement has just informed us that 160 runners are celebrating their birthday today. That is commitment. They all deserve a whole cake to themselves after this.

  12. Sisters with blisters

    If you’re sat at home and wondering whether you have it in you to do the Great North Run, or any other run for that matter, the answer is yes, you do.

    In the space of a year, 46-year-old Yvonne Wadeson from York went from being barely able to run to the end of her street to completing a marathon.

    She also set up the Sisters with Blisters Facebook group, which now has more than 4,500 members, from all parts of the world.

    Yvonne and many of the ‘sisters’ will be taking part in the Great North Run today (and we’ll be bringing you updates from them!) but here’s their story.

    Yvonne Wadeson (middle) set up the Sisters with Blisters Facebook group last year to support women who want to start running

    Copyright: Yvonne Wadeson

    Image caption: Yvonne Wadeson (middle) set up the Sisters with Blisters Facebook group last year to support women who want to start running
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  14. What’s it all about?

    For those of you just waking up, going through your morning ritual of scrolling down the BBC Sport website and wondering what this is all about …

    The Great North Run is the biggest running event in the United Kingdom. It’s also the world’s biggest half-marathon.

    There will be 57,000 runners at the start line in Newcastle, they will whizz past the Tyne Bridge, through Gateshead and finish in the coastal town of South Shields.

    Add live music, food stalls and a huge crowd to the mix – there will be a real buzz in the place.

    The iconic Tyne Bridge

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Image caption: The iconic Tyne Bridge
  15. Weather watch

    Becky Grey

    BBC Sport at the Great North Run

    At around 08:45 BST shouts of, ‘Oh God, it’s raining!’ came from the crowds as a few drops fell from the sky.

    But that quickly cleared and the sun is now shining. If anything, it’s a little too hot…

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    Send us your tweets via #GetInspired

    Kerrie: Good luck to everyone doing the Great North Run today! Smash it!

    Laura Toby Elliott: I can’t wait to go down and support everyone doing the Great North Run – good luck everyone. An amazing event in an amazing city.

    Dan: Today’s the day. Good luck to everyone running the Great North Run. Run fast… Stay safe… Enjoy the day… and see you all at the finish line for a post run pint. Let’s do this!

  17. Celeb spotting

    As always with the Great North Run, there will be some celebrities taking part who you may recognise …

    First up, singer/songwriter/TV presenter/all-round likeable fella Olly Murs.

    Olly Murs

    Copyright: Getty Images

    She first rose to fame after we watched her watching TV, Gogglebox star and queen of the jungle Scarlett Mofatt will also be running.

    Scarlett Mofatt

    Copyright: Getty Images

  18. Record breaking elites

    Mo Farah is looking to make Great North Run history.

    The four-time Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion won the half-marathon in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and a fifth win would put him into the record books.

    Also taking part will be Olympic and world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, aiming for a second win in three years.

    Vivian Cheruiyot and Mo Farah

    Copyright: Simplyhealth Great North Run

  19. Unexpected friendships

    Becky Grey

    BBC Sport at the Great North Run

    The atmosphere at the start line is brilliant and it’s just been made even better by the appearance of an unlikely combination – the Archbishop of York and a man in some fabulous fancy dress.

    “I’m not happy, your hat is much bigger than mine,” said the Archbishop.

    Great North Run 2018

    Copyright: BBC Sport

  20. Post update

    The Great North Run = some bizarre/amazing fancy dress.

    BBC Sport’s Becky Grey is over in Newcastle capturing all the excitement and speaking to the runners …

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