Great North Run
|Great North Run|
|Location||Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, England, UK|
|Course records||58:56 (Martin Mathathi, 2011)
1:05:39 (Mary Keitany, 2014)
The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. 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 Great Manchester Run and London Marathon 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. Mary Jepkosgei Keitany's women's course record of 65:39 minutes, was set in 2014. In 2016, Mo Farah became the first person to win the event three times consecutively.
The Great North Run starts in Newcastle upon Tyne on the A167 road, on the edge of both the city centre and the Town Moor. The route heads east and south down the motorway section, around the eastern side of the city centre, then crosses the Tyne Bridge into Gateshead. It heads around the eastern side of Gateshead town centre, then at a roundabout turns east and heads down the A184 in the direction of Sunderland. After 3.5 miles, the route turns off the A184 and heads north-east towards South Shields. 2.5 miles later, the route reaches the southern side of Jarrow and it turns east down the A1300. The route passes through the south of South Shields (through Harton and Marsden) until it reaches the seafront just over 3.5 miles later, where it turns north up the A183. The last mile of the route runs along the seafront road to the finishing line at South Shields.
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 16 May 2009 had a total of 40,523 finishing runners and is since then the world's largest half-marathon.
For the first nine races, eight of them were held in June. Since 1990, the race has instead been held in the autumn, usually in September but occasionally in October instead. Since 1990, the earliest date the race has been held on is 7 September (2014) and the latest is 22 October (2000). Bupa was the title partner of the Great North Run from the early 1990s until 2014, one of Britain’s longest ever sports sponsorship agreements. In 2015 Morrisons announced their sponsorship of the Great Run series. In November 2015, the Great Run Company announced it was searching for a new title sponsor which includes the Great North Run. The 2016 Great North Run was the first staging of the event without a title sponsor. 
The 2005 Great North Run was the twenty-fifth edition of the race. Events to mark the anniversary included the launch of the Great North Run Cultural Programme at the Sage Gateshead. The race was started by Mike McLeod, the winner of the inaugural race in 1981. During the race, 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.
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.
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". The Great North Run was the first International Athletics Association Event (IAAF) event in the world to reach such a milestone.
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|
|35th||2015||Farah, MoMo Farah (GBR)||59:22||Keitany, MaryMary Keitany (KEN)||1:07:32|
|36th||2016||Farah, MoMo Farah (GBR)||1:00:04||Cheruiyot, VivianVivian Cheruiyot (KEN)||1:07:54|
|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|
|2015||Weir, DavidDavid Weir (GBR)||42:46||Woods, ShellyShelly Woods (GBR)||53:38|
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