Tyne & Wear

Great North Run: Graeme Swann and Christine Ohuruogu to start race

Christine Ohuruogu and Graeme Swann
Image caption The pair will join a list of previous starters including Sting and Sir Bobby Robson

World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu and England cricketer Graeme Swann are to start the Great North Run on Sunday.

Up to 56,000 runners are set to take part in the 13.1-mile race from Newcastle to South Shields.

Swann, who was part of the team that retained the Ashes, will be joined by Ohuruogu who last month became world champion for a second time.

Also making an appearance will be the Red Arrows, who are to fly over the start line in a salute to the runners.

Swann and Ohuruogu will join a glittering roll-call of previous event starters, including Sir Bobby Robson, Mo Farah, Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Chris Hoy, and from the world of entertainment, Geordie legends Sting and Ant & Dec.

Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah will be aiming to win the men's event against a world-class field including Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, while London 2012 Paralympic sensation David Weir is favourite for the wheelchair race.

British athlete Gemma Steel will be taking part in the race alongside other elite female runners including the Ethiopian pair of Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar.

The race is due to begin at 10:40 BST.

The Bupa Great North Run will be live on BBC One and BBC One HD on Sunday morning from 09:30 with a highlights programme at 16:50 on BBC Two. BBC Tyne and Wear will also have live updates between 08:00 and 16:00.

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