Great North Run
|Great North Run|
Great North Run logo
|Location||Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, United Kingdom|
The Bupa Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in England. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.
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 London Marathon (Britain's second biggest road race every year since 1981) comes 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.
The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster. 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. Note: The Göteborgsvarvet (Gothenburg Half Marathon) on May 16, 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.
On race day itself, four participants died en route to South Shields.
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.
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 2009 Great North Run was held on 20 September and was started by the musician Sting.
Past winners 
Key: Course record
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||1981||Mike McLeod (GBR)||1:03:23||Karen Goldhawk (GBR)||1:17:36|
|2nd||1982||Mike McLeod (GBR)||1:02:44||Margaret Lockley (GBR)||1:19:24|
|3rd||1983||Carlos Lopes (POR)||1:02:46||Julie Barleycorn (GBR)||1:16:39|
|4th||1984||Øyvind Dahl (NOR)||1:04:36||Grete Waitz (NOR)||1:10:27|
|5th||1985||Steve Kenyon (GBR)||1:02:44||Rosa Mota (POR)||1:09:54|
|6th||1986||Michael Musyoki (KEN)||1:00:43||Lisa Martin (AUS)||1:09:45|
|7th||1987||Rob de Castella (AUS)||1:02:04||Lisa Martin (AUS)||1:10:00|
|8th||1988||John Treacy (IRL)||1:01:00||Grete Waitz (NOR)||1:08:49|
|9th||1989||El Mostafa Nechchadi (MAR)||1:02:39||Lisa Martin (AUS)||1:10:43|
|10th||1990||Steve Moneghetti (AUS)||1:00:34||Rosa Mota (POR)||1:09:33|
|11th||1991||Benson Masya (KEN)||1:00:28||Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)||1:10:57|
|12th||1992||Benson Masya (KEN)||1:00:24||Liz McColgan (GBR)||1:08:53|
|13th||1993||Moses Tanui (KEN)||59:47||Tegla Loroupe (KEN)||1:12:55|
|14th||1994||Benson Masya (KEN)||1:00:02||Rosanna Munerotto (ITA)||1:11:29|
|15th||1995||Moses Tanui (KEN)||1:00:39||Liz McColgan (GBR)||1:11:42|
|16th||1996||Benson Masya (KEN)||1:01:43||Liz McColgan (GBR)||1:10:28|
|17th||1997||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||1:00:25||Lucia Subano (KEN)||1:09:24|
|18th||1998||Josia Thugwane (RSA)||1:02:32||Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)||1:11:50|
|19th||1999||John Mutai (KEN)||1:00:52||Joyce Chepchumba (KEN)||1:09:07|
|20th||2000||Phaustin Baha Sulle (TAN)||1:01:57||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||1:07:07|
|21st||2001||Paul Tergat (KEN)||1:00:30||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||1:08:40|
|22nd||2002||Paul Malakwen Kosgei (KEN)||59:58||Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)||1:07:19|
|23rd||2003||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||1:00:01||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||1:05:40|
|24th||2004||Dejene Berhanu (ETH)||59:37||Benita Johnson (AUS)||1:07:55|
|25th||2005||Zersenay Tadese (ERI)||59:05||Derartu Tulu (ETH)||1:07:33|
|26th||2006||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||1:01:03||Berhane Adere (ETH)||1:10:03|
|27th||2007||Martin Lel (KEN)||1:00:08||Kara Goucher (USA)||1:06:57|
|28th||2008||Tsegaye Kebede (ETH)||59:45||Gete Wami (ETH)||1:08:51|
|29th||2009||Martin Lel (KEN)||59:32||Jéssica Augusto (POR)||1:09:08|
|30th||2010||Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)||59:33||Berhane Adere (ETH)||1:08:49|
|31st||2011||Martin Mathathi (KEN)||58:56||Lucy Wangui (KEN)||1:07:06|
|32nd||2012||Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (KEN)||59:06||Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)||1:07:35|
Wheelchair race 
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1981||Alan Robinson (GBR)||1:28:54||—||—|
|1982||Alan Robinson (GBR)||1:32:00||—||—|
|1983||John Grant (GBR)||1:17:16||Maria Dodsworth (GBR)||2:27:29|
|1984||Terry Clark (GBR)||1:10:28||Ellen Hodgson (GBR)||2:50:42|
|1985||Mark Tong (GBR)||1:17:18||Anne Graham (GBR)||2:26:53|
|1986||Chris Hallam (GBR)||1:01:15||Karen Davidson (GBR)||1:13:04|
|1987||Chris Hallam (GBR)||56:37||Karen Davidson (GBR)||1:19:55|
|1988||David Holding (GBR)||57:57||Josie Cichockyj (GBR)||1:37:38|
|1989||Chris Hallam (GBR)||1:01:40||Eileen Dixon (GBR)||2:06:54|
|1990||Chris Hallam (GBR)||56:32||Tanni Grey (GBR)||1:05:08|
|1991||David Holding (GBR)||47:24||Tanni Grey (GBR)||1:00:22|
|1992||David Holding (GBR)||50:21||Tanni Grey (GBR)||59:21|
|1993||Ivan Newman (GBR)||54:11||Rose Hill (GBR)||58:00|
|1994||David Holding (GBR)||50:33||Rose Hill (GBR)||1:00:41|
|1995||Jack McKenna (GBR)||52:16||Tanni Grey (GBR)||58:44|
|1996||David Holding (GBR)||49:17||Tanni Grey (GBR)||57:17|
|1997||David Holding (GBR)||44:22||Tanni Grey (GBR)||52:17|
|1998||Hadj Lahmar (GBR)||53:47||Tanni Grey (GBR)||1:10:58|
|1999||Hadj Lahmar (GBR)||49:57||Tanni Grey (GBR)||1:02:32|
|2000||Kevin Papworth (GBR)||49:18||Sarah Piercey (GBR)||1:13:32|
|2001||Tushar Patel (GBR)||48:10||Gunilla Wallengren (SWE)||52:59|
|2002||Tushar Patel (GBR)||48:46||Gunilla Wallengren (SWE)||57:47|
|2003||David Weir (GBR)||45:41||Gunilla Wallengren (SWE)||53:04|
|2004||Kenny Herriot (GBR)||45:37||Gunilla Wallengren (SWE)||52:14|
|2005||David Weir (GBR)||42:33||Shelly Woods (GBR)||50:04|
|2006||Kurt Fearnley (AUS)||42:39||Diane Roy (CAN)||50:33|
|2007||Ernst Van Dyk (RSA)||42:35||Shelly Woods (GBR)||50:33|
|2008||Josh Cassidy (CAN)||44:10||Diane Roy (CAN)||51:18|
|2009||David Weir (GBR)||41:34||Amanda McGrory (USA)||49:47|
|2010||David Weir (GBR)||44:49||Shelly Woods (GBR)||52:59|
|2011||Josh Cassidy (CAN)||43:57||Shelly Woods (GBR)||50:14|
|2012||Josh Cassidy (CAN)||43:18||Jane Egan (GBR)||1:15:00|
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- Tragedy hits 26th Great North Run, BBC News report on the 29 year old, unnamed Yorkshire man who died in the 2006 run.
- The highest overall position number for a runner, when searching the results on http://www.greatrun.org
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