Great North Run

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Great North Run
Great North Run.svg
Great North Run logo
Date September annually
Location Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, United Kingdom
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Official site www.greatrun.org

The Bupa Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September.[1][2] Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in the county of Tyne and Wear. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster along with local man William Rowe. William Rowe was himself an amateur long distance runner and well known in the community of South Shields. William was later awarded a CBE for services.

The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; nearly thirty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run (Europe's biggest 10km run and Britain's second biggest road race) and London Marathon (Britain's third biggest road race) come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.

The 1992 edition of the race incorporated the 1st IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Martin Mathathi holds the current men's course record with his run of 58:56 minutes in 2011. Paula Radcliffe's women's course record of 65:40 minutes, set in 2003, stood as the world record for the distance for four years.

History[edit]

The Great North Run is a mass participation event: two lines of runners merging near the one mile mark.

The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster and local South Shields William Rowe. Foster was inspired after running in the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in 1979, and has built upon the Great North Run with a series of other Great Run road races.

The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2003, the number of participants had risen to 47,000. The 2011 event saw an announced field of 54,000. The number of finishers was 35,777 in 2007, the largest half marathon and the 13th largest running race that year.[3] Note: The Göteborgsvarvet (Gothenburg Half Marathon) on 16 May 2009 had a total of 40,523 finishing runners and is since then the world's largest half-marathon.

Bupa has been title partner of the Great North Run since the early 1990s, one of Britain’s longest ever sports sponsorship agreements.

In the 2005 Great North Run, the race celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. Events to mark the anniversary included the launch of the Great North Run Cultural Programme at the Sage Gateshead.

The 2005 race was started by Mike McLeod, the winner of the inaugural race in 1981 who went on to win a silver medal in the 10,000 metres at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

On race day itself, four participants died en route to South Shields.[4]

An inquest into the four deaths from 2005 began on Monday 5 June 2006 at Gateshead Council Chambers. In subsequent events, more emergency service personnel were brought in to ensure there was adequate cover.

In spite of increased medical provision at the 2006 race, a man in his twenties died.[5]

The 2007 Great North Run was held on 30 September and was started by former England and Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson. Kara Goucher defeated Paula Radcliffe in an impressive victory for the American. Goucher's winning time was 1:06:57.

The 2008 Great North Run was held on 5 October and was started by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair.

The 2009 Great North Run was held on 20 September and was started by the musician Sting.

The 2010 Great North Run was the 30th running of the event and was held on 19 September and was started by TV presenters Ant & Dec. The number of finishers (half marathon only) was 39,459.[6]

The 2011 Great North Run took place on the morning of Sunday, 18 September 2011. The race was started by World 5,000 metre champion Mo Farah.[7]

In 2013 the 33rd Great North Run had 56000 participants, most of whom were raising money for charity. The elite races had Olympic Gold Medalists and World Champion long distance runners participating including in the men's race, Mo Farah, Kenenisa Bekele and a regular supporter of the event, Haile Gebrselassie. Ethiopian Bekele won the men's event just ahead of Farah. Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo came first the women's race and multi Olympic Gold Medalist David Weir won the wheelchair event.[8] The founder of the event, Brendan Foster is reported to be looking forward to 2014 when the Great North Run have its millionth finisher – becoming the first International Athletics Association Event (IAAF) event in the world to reach such a milestone.[9]

In 2014 the 34th Great North Run had 57000 participants, celebrated the 1 millionth runner to cross the finish line, and was the first to have a British man win in 29 years. Mo Farah completed the race in exactly 1 hour, while Mary Keitany completed in 1:05:39 seconds - surpassing the previous course record of 1:05:40 by 1 second, a record held by Paula Radcliffe. Tracey Cramond, who was raising money for Butterwick Hospices, was the 1 millionth person to complete the run, stating she was "gobsmacked" and that it was her "moment of fame".[10][11]

Past winners[edit]

Runners taking part in 2006
Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher heading the pack in the 2007 race

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1981  McLeod, MikeMike McLeod (GBR) 1:03:23  Goldhawk, KarenKaren Goldhawk (GBR) 1:17:36
2nd 1982  McLeod, MikeMike McLeod (GBR) 1:02:44  Lockley, MargaretMargaret Lockley (GBR) 1:19:24
3rd 1983  Lopes, CarlosCarlos Lopes (POR) 1:02:46  Barleycorn, JulieJulie Barleycorn (GBR) 1:16:39
4th 1984  Dahl, ØyvindØyvind Dahl (NOR) 1:04:36  Waitz, GreteGrete Waitz (NOR) 1:10:27
5th 1985  Kenyon, SteveSteve Kenyon (GBR) 1:02:44  Mota, RosaRosa Mota (POR) 1:09:54
6th 1986  Musyoki, MichaelMichael Musyoki (KEN) 1:00:43  Martin, LisaLisa Martin (AUS) 1:09:45
7th 1987  de Castella, RobRob de Castella (AUS) 1:02:04  Martin, LisaLisa Martin (AUS) 1:10:00
8th 1988  Treacy, JohnJohn Treacy (IRL) 1:01:00  Waitz, GreteGrete Waitz (NOR) 1:08:49
9th 1989  Nechchadi, El MostafaEl Mostafa Nechchadi (MAR) 1:02:39  Martin, LisaLisa Martin (AUS) 1:10:43
10th 1990  Moneghetti, SteveSteve Moneghetti (AUS) 1:00:34  Mota, RosaRosa Mota (POR) 1:09:33
11th 1991  Masya, BensonBenson Masya (KEN) 1:00:28  Kristiansen, IngridIngrid Kristiansen (NOR) 1:10:57
12th 1992  Masya, BensonBenson Masya (KEN) 1:00:24  McColgan, LizLiz McColgan (GBR) 1:08:53
13th 1993  Tanui, MosesMoses Tanui (KEN) 59:47  Loroupe, TeglaTegla Loroupe (KEN) 1:12:55
14th 1994  Masya, BensonBenson Masya (KEN) 1:00:02  Munerotto, RosannaRosanna Munerotto (ITA) 1:11:29
15th 1995  Tanui, MosesMoses Tanui (KEN) 1:00:39  McColgan, LizLiz McColgan (GBR) 1:11:42
16th 1996  Masya, BensonBenson Masya (KEN) 1:01:43  McColgan, LizLiz McColgan (GBR) 1:10:28
17th 1997  Ramaala, HendrickHendrick Ramaala (RSA) 1:00:25  Subano, LuciaLucia Subano (KEN) 1:09:24
18th 1998  Thugwane, JosiaJosia Thugwane (RSA) 1:02:32  O'Sullivan, SoniaSonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 1:11:50
19th 1999  Mutai, JohnJohn Mutai (KEN) 1:00:52  Chepchumba, JoyceJoyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:09:07
20th 2000  Baha Sulle, PhaustinPhaustin Baha Sulle (TAN) 1:01:57  Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:07:07
21st 2001  Tergat, PaulPaul Tergat (KEN) 1:00:30  Chepkemei, SusanSusan Chepkemei (KEN) 1:08:40
22nd 2002  Malakwen Kosgei, PaulPaul Malakwen Kosgei (KEN) 59:58  O'Sullivan, SoniaSonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 1:07:19
23rd 2003  Ramaala, HendrickHendrick Ramaala (RSA) 1:00:01  Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:05:40
24th 2004  Berhanu, DejeneDejene Berhanu (ETH) 59:37  Johnson, BenitaBenita Johnson (AUS) 1:07:55
25th 2005  Tadese, ZersenayZersenay Tadese (ERI) 59:05  Tulu, DerartuDerartu Tulu (ETH) 1:07:33
26th 2006  Ramaala, HendrickHendrick Ramaala (RSA) 1:01:03  Adere, BerhaneBerhane Adere (ETH) 1:10:03
27th 2007  Lel, MartinMartin Lel (KEN) 1:00:08  Goucher, KaraKara Goucher (USA) 1:06:57
28th 2008  Kebede, TsegayeTsegaye Kebede (ETH) 59:45  Wami, GeteGete Wami (ETH) 1:08:51
29th 2009  Lel, MartinMartin Lel (KEN) 59:32  Augusto, JéssicaJéssica Augusto (POR) 1:09:08
30th 2010  Gebrselassie, HaileHaile Gebrselassie (ETH) 59:33  Adere, BerhaneBerhane Adere (ETH) 1:08:49
31st 2011  Mathathi, MartinMartin Mathathi (KEN) 58:56  Wangui, LucyLucy Wangui (KEN) 1:07:06
32nd 2012  Kipsang Kiprotich, WilsonWilson Kipsang Kiprotich (KEN) 59:06  Dibaba, TiruneshTirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 1:07:35
33rd 2013  Bekele, KenenisaKenenisa Bekele (ETH) 1:00:09  Jeptoo, PriscahPriscah Jeptoo (KEN) 1:05:45
34th 2014  Farah, MoMo Farah (GBR) 1:00:00  Keitany, MaryMary Keitany (KEN) 1:05:39

Wheelchair race[edit]

      Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1981  Robinson, AlanAlan Robinson (GBR) 1:28:54
1982  Robinson, AlanAlan Robinson (GBR) 1:32:00
1983  Grant, JohnJohn Grant (GBR) 1:17:16  Dodsworth, MariaMaria Dodsworth (GBR) 2:27:29
1984  Clark, TerryTerry Clark (GBR) 1:10:28  Hodgson, EllenEllen Hodgson (GBR) 2:50:42
1985  Tong, MarkMark Tong (GBR) 1:17:18  Graham, AnneAnne Graham (GBR) 2:26:53
1986  Hallam, ChrisChris Hallam (GBR) 1:01:15  Davidson, KarenKaren Davidson (GBR) 1:13:04
1987  Hallam, ChrisChris Hallam (GBR) 56:37  Davidson, KarenKaren Davidson (GBR) 1:19:55
1988  Holding, DavidDavid Holding (GBR) 57:57  Cichockyj, JosieJosie Cichockyj (GBR) 1:37:38
1989  Hallam, ChrisChris Hallam (GBR) 1:01:40  Dixon, EileenEileen Dixon (GBR) 2:06:54
1990  Hallam, ChrisChris Hallam (GBR) 56:32  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 1:05:08
1991  Holding, DavidDavid Holding (GBR) 47:24  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 1:00:22
1992  Holding, DavidDavid Holding (GBR) 50:21  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 59:21
1993  Newman, IvanIvan Newman (GBR) 54:11  Hill, RoseRose Hill (GBR) 58:00
1994  Holding, DavidDavid Holding (GBR) 50:33  Hill, RoseRose Hill (GBR) 1:00:41
1995  McKenna, JackJack McKenna (GBR) 52:16  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 58:44
1996  Holding, DavidDavid Holding (GBR) 49:17  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 57:17
1997  Holding, DavidDavid Holding (GBR) 44:22  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 52:17
1998  Hadj Lahmar (GBR) 53:47  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 1:10:58
1999  Hadj Lahmar (GBR) 49:57  Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson (GBR) 1:02:32
2000  Papworth, KevinKevin Papworth (GBR) 49:18  Piercey, SarahSarah Piercey (GBR) 1:13:32
2001  Patel, TusharTushar Patel (GBR) 48:10  Wallengren, GunillaGunilla Wallengren (SWE) 52:59
2002  Patel, TusharTushar Patel (GBR) 48:46  Wallengren, GunillaGunilla Wallengren (SWE) 57:47
2003  Weir, DavidDavid Weir (GBR) 45:41  Wallengren, GunillaGunilla Wallengren (SWE) 53:04
2004  Herriot, KennyKenny Herriot (GBR) 45:37  Wallengren, GunillaGunilla Wallengren (SWE) 52:14
2005  Weir, DavidDavid Weir (GBR) 42:33  Woods, ShellyShelly Woods (GBR) 50:04
2006  Fearnley, KurtKurt Fearnley (AUS) 42:39  Roy, DianeDiane Roy (CAN) 50:33
2007  Van Dyk, ErnstErnst Van Dyk (RSA) 42:35  Woods, ShellyShelly Woods (GBR) 50:33
2008  Cassidy, JoshJosh Cassidy (CAN) 44:10  Roy, DianeDiane Roy (CAN) 51:18
2009  Weir, DavidDavid Weir (GBR) 41:34  McGrory, AmandaAmanda McGrory (USA) 49:47
2010  Weir, DavidDavid Weir (GBR) 44:49  Woods, ShellyShelly Woods (GBR) 52:59
2011  Cassidy, JoshJosh Cassidy (CAN) 43:57  Woods, ShellyShelly Woods (GBR) 50:14
2012  Cassidy, JoshJosh Cassidy (CAN) 43:18  Egan, JaneJane Egan (GBR) 1:15:00
2013  Weir, DavidDavid Weir (GBR) 43:06  Woods, ShellyShelly Woods (GBR) 54:28
2014  Madeira, JordiJordi Madeira (ESP) 43:02  Woods, ShellyShelly Woods (GBR) 50:34

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Sport - Jo Pavey and Mara Yamauchi back for the Great North Run". BBC News (London: BBC). 17 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sold out in the GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon". Göteborgsvarvet. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.runningusa.org/cgi/evbig-world.pl Running USA - RRIC World's Largest Races
  4. ^ Four men die in Great North Run, BBC News, 18 September 2005.
  5. ^ Tragedy hits 26th Great North Run, BBC News report on the 29 year old, unnamed Yorkshire man who died in the 2006 run.
  6. ^ The highest overall position number for a runner, when searching the results on http://www.greatrun.org
  7. ^ "BUPA Great North Run @ Newcastle – Gateshead, UK, 18th September 2011". Race-Calendar.com. 24 Hour Trading Ltd. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Great North Run: Mo Farah narrowly beaten as thousands run". British Broadcasting Corp. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Kelly, Mike (16 September 2013). "Great North Run: The event that continues to give". The Journal. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Great North Run: Thousands complete half-marathon". British Broadcasting Corp. 7 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Great North Run 2014: One millionth finisher crosses line". British Broadcasting Corp. 7 September 2014. 
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