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Summary

  1. World's biggest half-marathon with 57,000 taking part
  2. Mo Farah wins his third Great North Run title
  3. Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot wins the women's race
  4. Mark Telford wins the elite wheelchair race

Live Reporting

By Andy Donley

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now!

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The Red Arrows fly over the Tyne Bridge during the Great North Run
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The Great North Run bills itself as the greatest half-marathon in the world, and it isn't hard to see why.

57,000 people started the race today, with 57,000 equally inspirational stories.

If you want to catch up on any of today's action, catch the highlights on BBC Two at 18:00 BST - it's well worth a second watch, with Mo Farah making yet more history and thousands of people raising money for charity.

I'm signing off now, and you know what, I may just go for a run.

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Michelle Boath: Well done Emma Duckworth! Running for Greyhound Gap.

Julie Tan: Well done Gower Tan running for Cancer Research as his warm up for the Berlin, Chicago and then New York marathons.

Barrister Ada-Ada: Soooo motivated/inspired by the This Girl Can campaign.

Ceri Jones: So inspired by the stories of today's runners.

Barrister, Ceri, so am I. Hopefully there's lots of people feeling the same out there as well.

Smile for the camera!

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Taking part in the Great North Run is a whole load of fun. But that doesn't mean it isn't a great feeling finishing it...

You can take a look at all of our pictures from today on our Facebook gallery.

A family with their Great North Run medals
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A family affair
Five Great North Run finishers with their medals
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Five Great North Run finishers with their medals
A Great North Run finisher with their medal
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Big smiles at the finish line

Get into running

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Hopefully today will have inspired you to get out and start running.

If you're looking to get fit, there's no better place to start. It's free, you can do it anywhere and there's no pressure to go any faster than what feels comfortable to you.

Oh, and you have exactly one year to get ready for the 2017 edition of the world's biggest half-marathon in sunny Newcastle.

Click here to find out more about how to get into running, or here to find sporting opportunities near you.

Meet Tony the Fridge

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This is Tony the Fridge. Tony the Fridge has today run his 100th half-marathon in 100 days to raise money for Sara's Hope Foundation.

100 half-marathons in 100 days, with a fridge strapped to his back.

That's the kind of stuff that makes today incredible. Well done Tony the Fridge. 

Tom at the finish

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Tom Gayle

Our man on the course

There's a party atmosphere at the finish in South Shields - even though everybody is rather tired! 

The weather has stayed warm and dry, and I think people will start thinking about sourcing a cup of tea - or something stronger!

Runners at the finish of the Great North Run
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Personal message on the back of a runner who has finished the Great North Run
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'Lift is great now'

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Mandy Norris
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When her dream holiday to Marrakesh was spoilt because of her weight, 18-stone Mandy Norris knew she needed to do something. She decided to take up running with the help of her husband Tony and through exercise the weight started to fall off.

Mandy fell in love with running and now sports a slim size 10 figure. She will be running the Great North Run for a fourth time on Sunday but she'll also be running the 5k race with her daughter on Saturday.

"I've had four spine operations and always used that as a reason as to why I was fat but it was just an excuse," said Mandy. 

"The reality was I was lazy and couldn't be bothered! Life is great now - I just wish I discovered running years ago!"

Read more of Mandy's story here.

'I had a game plan and followed it'

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Tania and Mo Farrah
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A time of one hour 49 minutes is more than enough to put a smile on Tania Farah's face, made all the wider by her husband's tremendous victory earlier in the day.

What's on the menu in the Farah household tonight? "Burger, chips and ice cream."

That is quite a get-up...

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#GetInspired friends Neil Gibbons & Lime Violet aka #Cruella #101dalmations, #MindCharity @greatnorthrun Well done🐾

#GetInspired friends Neil Gibbons & Lime Violet aka #Cruella #101dalmations, #MindCharity @greatnorthrun Well done🐾

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Alistair Dale: Go Emma Louise Spencer running for Bowel cancer over half way, go girl!

debby moorhouse: Well done Anita Hurton and Sam Colbeck, running for Fight for Sight.

Margaret Mitchell: Good luck to everyone running for the Ryan Stanford appeal in The GNR especially the Laidlaw family.

Louise McNulty: Good luck to Joanne Hunter and Laura Hamilton who are running for the Foyle Hospice in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

'It made me feel alive again'

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Being an overweight child, Andrea had always struggled with her weight but it was the shock of losing her father in late 2015 that made her realise she needed to turn her life around. 

At the time she weighed over 30 stone and struggled with her mobility and general health.  

"I realised that unless I did something, my mum would be burying me soon and obviously that was something I didn't want to happen," Andrea said.

"I weighed over 30 stone and reality had hit home - do something or die.   

"Life is never too black, or too hard to do something about it. It may take time and dedication but it is so worth it. I chose life."  

Read more of Andrea's story here. 

Heartwarming scenes in Newcastle

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The reception that this blind runner received as she crossed the Tyne Bridge is truly heart-warming. The crowds have been fantastic today.

Cheruiyot waiting for birthday cake

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Gabby Logan caught up with women's elite race winner Vivian Cheruiyot, who is celebrating her 33rd birthday today. But she didn't bring her any cake!

Scandalous behaviour Gabby.

Start them early...

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My 5 month old son watching his first Great North Run #GreatNorthRun #GetInspired

My 5 month old son watching his first Great North Run #GreatNorthRun #GetInspired

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Will Hulse: Good luck to Mike running for Alzheimer's research in memory of his mum.

Nigel Platt: Go like the wind Ali Vaulkhard running for Cystic Fibrosis.

Anne Dawson: Good luck Anna Christer and boyfriend Mike doing the run for Juvenile Diabetics, love Grandma and Dennis.

Emily Morris: Good luck to Ellie Jenkins running for New Zealand today! So proud!

'It makes me realise how extremely lucky I am'

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Ailis Corey
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Having battled and beaten blood cancer twice Ailis is set to take on her first half marathon.

The 34-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma when she was 26 and, despite 12 rounds of chemotherapy and being declared in remission, the disease returned in 2012.  

"It came as a huge shock to me to find out I had cancer as I had always been very healthy and rarely sick," Ailis said.

"There were times when I was going through my treatment and particularly after my transplant, that I could barely stand, let alone walk. 

"Now, as I prepare to run a half marathon, it makes me very proud of how far I have come and it makes me realise how extremely lucky I am."

Read more of Ailis' story here.

Diane going further

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Diane Dargan told BBC Get Inspired her inspirational story before the Great Manchester Run earlier this year.

She's out there again today, so best of luck Diane!

Anybody fancy a pasta party?

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You really do learn something new every day.

As I mentioned earlier, I was told by a colleague today that "pasta parties" are a regular thing at big events, with the Great North Run seemingly no exception.

The idea is to carb up before an event, and 22,000 people got involved in the fusilli festivities yesterday. 

I don't envy the poor soul running that kitchen...

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Ryan Thomas: Super proud of my brother Elroy running great north run for Mind Charity.

Simon O'Hora: So proud of my sis Miriam running Great North Run for Mind.

Julie Gill: Respect to our runners today: Charlie Bear for Cancer Care, Great North Children's Hospital, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation & HANC.

Fiona: Big shout out to Jenny Radmore and Nix running the GNR today for Children With Cancer UK.

The glamorous side of the Great North Run

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Working on the chain gang! Packing up and clearing away now #GNRWorldRun #GetInspired

Working on the chain gang! Packing up and clearing away now #GNRWorldRun #GetInspired

'Every day he amazes and inspires us'

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Robbie Jones
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Nine-year-old Robbie Jones was given a 5% chance of survival when he contracted a deadly strain of meningitis as a baby. 

Robbie had to have both of his legs removed and spent eight weeks in Royal Victoria Infirmary but he made an amazing recovery and was given the chance to walk again with prosthetic legs.

He took part in the Junior and Mini Great North Run in his wheelchair on Saturday, alongside his big sister Alice.  

"When Robbie became unwell, it was a huge shock to us and we were completely devastated," said Robbie's grandma Sandra.

"Removing his limbs was the only option, but every day he amazes and inspires us.  

"Hopefully one day he will be able to take part in a run on prosthetics, but for now it's just as important to be able to join in with his sister by his side."  

Read more of Robbie's story here.

Get into running

#getinspired

If you're looking to get fit, there's no better place to start than running. It's free, you can do it anywhere and there's no pressure to go any faster than what feels comfortable to you.

Oh, and you have exactly one year to get ready for the 2017 edition of the world's biggest half-marathon in sunny Newcastle.

Click here to find out more about how to get into running, or here to find sporting opportunities near you.

I'm knackered - Farah

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Farah celebrates winning his third Great North Run title
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It all looked so easy for Mo Farah today, sitting on his closest rivals shoulder before dynamically pulling away in the final mile. So how did he feel afterwards?

"To be honest with you I'm knackered," Farah told BBC One.

"I knew it was going to be hard wor. Dathan ran a great race today. I know him well - we used to be training partners. He put his foot down and tried to get at me.

"I like road running – it’s a different pain, so I sometimes question myself, whether I should just stick to the track.

"It’s good to finish the year on a high. What a year I’ve had! I just want to go home now, chill out, see the kids, get up to no good."

I think he's earned that...

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Well done to all these Great North Runners! Let us know why you're running at #getinspired.

Good Luck to Becky&Co running the GNR for Breast Cancer Care #getinspired #GNR2016

Good Luck to Becky&Co running the GNR for Breast Cancer Care #getinspired #GNR2016

Gorgeous daughter ready for the Great North Run! #GetInspired

Gorgeous daughter ready for the Great North Run! #GetInspired

Best +biggest half marathon in the world, best husband +best home town of South Shields <3 #GNR2016 #getinspired

Best +biggest half marathon in the world, best husband +best home town of South Shields <3 #GNR2016 #getinspired

So so proud of these lot, you can do it guys #frankiesaysrelax #getinspired ❤️❤️🎉🎉

So so proud of these lot, you can do it guys #frankiesaysrelax #getinspired ❤️❤️🎉🎉

'It's a privilege to be taking on this challenge'

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Lizzie Jones
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We're going to be taking a look at some of the inspirational stories behind why people are people taking part today, starting with Lizzie Jones.

After losing her husband Danny during a rugby game, Lizzie has led a campaign to introduce mandatory heart screening for all players in the two levels below the Super League.

During a match at London Skolars in May 2015 Danny suffered a fatal cardiac arrest and tragically died. He had a previously undiagnosed heart defect and Lizzie was left with five-month-old twins Bobby and Phoebe.

She will now be taking on her first half marathon at the Great North Run and she will be pushing another rugby player Matt King in his wheelchair.

"It's a privilege to be taking on this challenge with Matt and it's going to be a very special and emotional day in the North East."

Read more of Lizzie's story here.

101 reasons not to run'

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There are 101 reasons not to run, says Hannah Phillips, but that didn't stop her taking part today.

So no excuses!

Let the world know your unsung hero

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Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves some much-needed recognition? It's time to let us know.

Now in its 14th year, the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award celebrates people from around the UK who volunteer their time and efforts to help people participate in sport.

You can nominate until 23 October and the winner will be announced at BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Back to the masses

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Now that the elite races are finished, my full focus turns to the mass race, and the thousands of inspirational stories therein. 

Look at all that humanity, brought together by charity, fundraising and a love of running. 

Remember that we want your running stories, Great North Run related or other, so send them through to #getinspired on social media.

Mo's helping hand from... Iwan Thomas?

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What a race by Mo Farah, once again.

However, did you know that Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas played a massive* role in his career?

Watch the video below or click here to get the full scoop.

  *He told him he could be "quite good" but hey, who knows what would have happened if he hadn't?  

'He's a gold-medal-winning machine'

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Mo Farah with Brendan Foster on Saturday

A gold-medal-winning machine. This interview may have been done yesterday, but that line feels just as pertinent today.

Sir Mo Farah?

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What a privilege it is to watch Mo Farah run. He'll be sorely missed when he's gone.

When's that knighthood coming?

Mo Farah's heel flick as he crosses the line
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Farah wins Great North Run

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Farah in the closing stages of the Great North Run

We knew it would happen, but it's special nonetheless. Mo Farah wins his third Great North Run title, the only man to do so. 

It's a brilliant scene in the last 200m, with huge crowds roaring him towards the finish line, and Farah responds with a cheeky heel flick just before the tape. That's a one hour three seconds race, not quite a personal best.

Fantastic race by Dathan Ritzenhein as well, he produced a brilliant race there.

Emmanuel Bett, who ran the second half of that race almost on his own, crosses in third.

Mo Farah wins
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PB for Farah?

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Mo Farah's personal best for the half-marathon is 59 minutes 22 seconds - could that be in danger today? It's the only thing he's racing for now, with Ritzenhein becoming smaller in his rear view mirror.

Farah takes the lead

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There's a huge downhill slope as the race runs towards the seafront, and Mo has genuinely sprinted down it - quite unbelievable

He went from sitting on Ritzenhein's shoulder to holding a five-metre gap within the space of three seconds. Explosive. 

This last mile could be a victory lap for the great man now.

Men's race reaching close

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Although Dathan Ritzenhein is leading Mo Farah at the moment, you can see the pain in his face as he operates well beyond personal-best territory. 

Less than two miles to go, and I really wouldn't be betting against Mo winning a third great North Run in succession. 

Could Farah be beaten?

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Brendan Foster

Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator on BBC One

You know how much this would mean for Dathan, to beat the great Mo Farah.

Mo is desperately keen to win this race, to win his third in a row, but Dathan Ritzenhein isn't doing what he's told, in fact he's trying to run away from him.

Ritzenhein making Farah work

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Brendan Foster

Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator on BBC One

Ritzenhein is making this a hard run, he's really taking this to Mo Farah.

The American has retaken the lead, with Mo on his shoulder and Emmanuel Bett falling off the front.

Cheruiyot wins the women's Great North Run

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Steve Cram

BBC athletics commentator on BBC One

Vivian Cheruiyot overtook Priscah Jeptoo in the last mile

A great race from three very, very good athletes. It wasn't a particularly fast time, but it did hot up in the middle of the race.

That's a fantastic debut from Vivian Cheruiyot, and who knows, it might just make her think about where she goes next in her fantastic career.

The final time was 67:54 for Cheruiyot.

Cheruiyot wins the women's Great North Run

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It's a thrilling finish, as Kenya duo Vivian Cheruiyot and Priscah Jeptoo run away from Ethiopian great Tirunesh Dibaba.

But Jeptoo has put too much into that last mile, Cheruiyot takes the lead with 1,000m to go. 

Cheruiyot is one of the best finishers in women's distance runing history - surely Jeptoo can't catch her?

She can't! Vivian Cheruiyot wins in her first competitive half-marathon!

Tense finish set for elite women

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Steve Cram

BBC athletics commentator on BBC One

The finish is about judging your effort here, even Dibaba isn't out of this, for me she's moving well again.