16 September 2012
Last updated at 15:31
Almost 40,000 people competed in the 2012 Great North Run, many of them in far more than a T-shirt and shorts. For some, the half marathon would not be the same without a superhero costume or a wig.
The runners congregate well before the race starts. Herded into sections according to ability there is nothing to do but chat to the nearest hero - or super hero - and swap tactics.
With the wheelchair racers and elite women long gone, the masses warmed up with some al fresco aerobics. The crowd was so large it took these runners 20 minutes just to walk over the start line.
As the runners crossed the start line their names and the charities they were supporting were announced on a public address system still pouring out uplifting tracks like the theme from the film Local Hero and local band Lindisfarne's Run For Home.
Many fun runners manage to complete the course faster than those in more traditional running kit.
With the forecast for rain proving correct these penguins should have been ideally dressed for the conditions - if they were not waterlogged by the finish line.
The first Great North Run in 1981 attracted 12,000 entrants, of whom about 10,000 actually ran the race. As the race increased in popularity organisers Nova International said they had someone running from every UK postcode.
World records are made - and broken - during the Great North Run. In 2002 the elite men's hour was broken for the first time. By 2010 Haile Gebrselassie ran the race for the first time and knocked that down to 59 minutes and 33 seconds. But the fun runners have different reasons for running.
In previous years doctors have estimated a total of nearly 12 million breaths are taken by competitors during the race.
While the elite runners thought carefully about tactics, for other entrants raising awareness for their charity was more important.
Many of those taking part in the Great North Run do so to raise money for charity. Millions of pounds are raised each year for hundreds of organisations.
More than 100,000 people applied for a place in the 2012 Great North Run. Of those, 54,000 were accepted and just under 40,000 actually ran at least part. Not all of those made it to the finish line.