Thousands contest Great North Run
16 September 2012 Last updated at 13:51 BST
Almost 40,000 people took part in the Great North Run - the annual half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields.
Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was one of five London 2012 stars who acted as starters for the race.
Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's elite race, with Kenya's Wilson Kipsang taking the men's title.
Ed Thomas reports.