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  1. Mo Farah wins for record fourth successive year
  2. Mary Keitany wins women's race
  3. Simon Lawson wins men's wheelchair race
  4. Manuela Shar wins women's wheelchair race
  5. 37th year of world's biggest half marathon
  6. 43,116 people took part

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse and Alan Beck

All times stated are UK

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Sights and sounds of the 2017 Great North Run

That’s all from us at Get Inspired on the live text, but you can watch highlights of the Great North Run on BBC Two at 18:00 BST (BBC Two Wales 22:30).

If you’ve been inspired by any of the action and stories you’ve seen today, we have activity guides to running, mass participation events, volunteering, disability sport and much, much more.

So get involved and maybe we’ll see you on the start line of the Great North Run next year (or just running round your local park - it's all about giving it a go). Bye for now!

'I've spent my whole life watching other people do sport'

Watch how Stockport Harriers coach Rick Hoskins is inspiring wheelchair users of all ages to try wheelchair racing...

Para athletics coach encourages people to try wheelchair racing

Go to our Get Inspired guides to find out more about coaching and disability sport.

Dave finished in 2:13:50. Pretty good for 69, we reckon!

Brendan's blast from the past


This is a great pic shared by one of today's runners - Dave Leng from Gateshead Harriers, who was a boyhood team-mate of GNR founder Brendan Foster. This is the pair aged 15 in 1963.

Love the way in the original pic, Brendan looks pretty casual while the rest of the boys look absolutely shattered!

Dave Leng and Brendan Foster at Gateshead Harriers in 1963
Dave Leng
Dave Leng, Brendan Foster and team-mates at Gateshead Harriers in 1963
Dave Leng

Now aged 69, Dave's still running for Gateshead and he's out on the road today...

Dave Leng
Great Run

You can find out more about his involvement in the Great North Run, his volunteering work for Great Run Local, and other inspiring stories from today's event, here.

Getting out there yourself


Looks like the Great North Run has worked its magic again......

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I did the Manchester 10K in May and after watching these inspirational people will be applying for the GNR next year #GetInspired

Find out how you can get into running and mass participation events with the Get Inspired guides.

Couch to 5K - download the app today!


Stuart was talking about using the Couch to 5K app, a nine-week plan that helps you reach the goal of running 5K, three times a week.

It's a brilliant motivational tool, which you can download here. Why not check it out now?

'If I can do it, anyone can!'


This is Stuart Warner, a teacher from Birmingham who was inspired by the London Marathon to transform his life and train for the Great Birmingham Run...

'If I can do it, anyone can' - teacher's Couch to 5K story

If today's event has got you in the mood, you can still apply for the Birmingham half marathon in October and there are also junior and mini runs if you want to get the whole family involved!

We've tracked Kim down and she is (presumably alongside a couple of hundred pink-clad These Girls Can Run members) nearly 8.5 miles into the run.

Less than five to go, Kim - you can do it!

These Girls Can Run!


This is a great story about the power of social media to make good things happen.

When Kim Scott, a mum from Northumberland, didn't want to train alone she set up a Facebook group asking if anyone wanted to join her. What happened next is one of the best things we've seen around this year's Great North Run...

These Girls Can Run take on the Great North Run

You can find These Girls Can Run sessions across the north-east of England, here. And for more information on how to get into running wherever you are, check out our Get Inspired guide.

Music to our ears!

Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Newcastle

Here is one of the bands who have been encouraging all the runners on the course. Top work guys!

A band encouraging runners during the 2017 Great North Run

Live coverage on BBC One has come to end, but we'll staying with you for a little while longer to bring you more inspiring stories and colour from the 57,000 people taking part today...

Steve Cram

BBC athletics commentator on BBC TV

We've just passed 21,000 people who have passed the finish line. Superb scenes and a pretty good day for running.

Talking of the British Red Cross, here's some great advice for offering assistance if you see a runner who's struggling on the road...

Medals well earned!

British Red Cross medal winners at Great North Run
British Red Cross
A Great North Run finisher's medal
Rachel Kerr
A Great North Run finisher with his medal
Tracy Monday

Team Brenda - stepping out


This is a story we were following at Get Inspired in the lead up to today's race. Team Brenda is the support team for Dr Brenda Whittle, who has spent the last 15 years determinedly re-learning motor skills after a viral brain injury left her unable to walk or talk.

Today she plans to get out of her chair and walk the final 10 steps of the Great North Run.

You can find out more about Brenda's story and the amazing work of Marske Hall Leonard Cheshire home, here.

Brenda is currently 6.5 miles into her race, but here they were at the start earlier, ready to get cracking. Good luck, Team Brenda!

Team Brenda
Team Brenda

Some more notable finishing times:

Davina McCall (TV presenter): 2:06:52

Gail Emms (badminton Olympian): 1:48:55

George Riley (BBC commentator): 2:01:13

William Murray (dad of Andy and Jamie): 2:15:40

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We're loving these guys who have been inspired to go and get running.....

Getting motivated watching the Great North Run. Time to get the running shoes back out #GetInspired #GreatNorthRun

Just saw the man who has terminal cancer who is running the GNR. I will get my trainers out soon after seeing that. No excuse. #GetInspired

You got Newcastle can, I did my first 10K today #GetInspired

Seriously humbled by people running the #GNR17 . If someone can run with 1 leg @ terminal cancer I can with a "bad knee"! #GetInspired

Find out how you can get into running and mass participation events with the Get Inspired guides.

'You can do more than you'd ever imagine'

Two years ago, Matt Hadden from Darlington was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. His left leg was amputated but the cancer spread and is potentially terminal.

But the 28-year-old is determined to do as much as he can in the time he has left and one of the things on his bucket list is the Great North Run.

He's also running to raise funds for the Maggie's cancer support centre in Newcastle. Check out his inspiring story...

RIP Mike Neville - north-east broadcasting legend

Mike Neville

He started the first ever Great North Run - with the small matter of an army howitzer - and it's with sadness that we learned of the death of Mike Neville, for many years the face of news broadcasting in the north-east, at the age of 80 this week.

Brendan Foster paid tribute to him on the start line earlier:

"He was a warm man and a genius broadcaster – he was outstanding. We almost hoped something technical would go wrong so he could come into his own. The reaction in the north-east has been amazing."

Here are some more of the tributes paid to Mike...

Runaway brides!

Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Newcastle

Here in challenging running gear are Claire and Ann from the Isle of Arran.

They call themselves the runaway brides but say they are both "happily married to their respective husbands"!

Runaway brides Claire and Ann
BBC Sport

Tired and hungry? Great Runners welcome here...

The warm welcome at the Great North Run extends to many local food and drink outlets, who have special offers on for those with medals from the race.

Go to and scroll down the page for a list of shops, bars and restaurants taking part in the scheme and find out where you can get claim a discount!

And great attitude from these volunteers, too!

Volunteers at Great Run Local

If you want to find out more about opportunities to volunteer - here's a guide for you!

Do you know an Unsung Hero?


Talking of volunteers, it's the time of year that we start the search around Great Britain for the Unsung Heroes who devote their free time to help people in grass-roots activity and sports.

Let last year's winner tell you more....

Here's how to nominate your Unsung Hero

To find out more about how the award is even bigger this year, find all the details (and how you can nominate someone) here.

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle at the start

And the clean up begins! Bags, bottles and coats left beside the start of the 37th #GreatNorthRun

And the clean up begins! Bags, bottles and coats left beside the start of the 37th #GreatNorthRun

That's where all the volunteers will be proving so crucial!


We posted this vid earlier on the live text, but newsreader Sophie Raworth has just finished in a fantastic time of 1:39:59.

Not quite a half-marathon personal best, but a best at the Great North Run by five minutes so a brilliant effort.

Here she is with the Red Arrows earlier this week...

Great North Run: 'That was amazing' - Sophie Raworth's Red Arrows experience

Incidentally, Alan Wyllie (a couple of entries down at 12:16), has just finished his 30th and last Great North Run in 1:35:07. A fabulous final effort, Alan!

Keaton Jennings - from the Riverside to Tyneside

Durham and England batsman Keaton Jennings took part in his first half marathon today, alongside team-mates Chris Rushworth, Michael Richardson and Durham academy director John Windows.

Elite athletes aside, few active professional sportsmen take part in the Great North Run, but taking advantage of a break in the late-season schedule, the South Africa-born opener said he was looking forward to "a new challenge" and being "part of the buzz" of the event...

Keaton's just finished in a highly respectable 1:38:34. Great work!

Proposal accepted!

We caught a glimpse of this briefly (at 11:59) but here's the whole clip of second-placed elite male runner Jake Robertson from New Zealand, proposing to his fiancee Magdalyne Masai.


Love is in the air at the Great North run

30 and out - one last Great North run


Alan Wyllie
Alan Wyllie

Glaswegian Alan Wyllie is a stalwart of the Great North Run. The 59-year-old is running his 30th edition this year, taking the chance to catch up with all the friends he's met in his three decades of pilgrimage to this event.

β€œYou meet complete strangers," he says. "Before the start of the run you start striking up conversations with each other. You meet a new bunch of friends and we come back from Ireland, England and Scotland."

He says he'll be sad not to run any more but will be back to cheer on the others.

"We'll go out with a bang. One of my friends Ian Mitchell has done all 36 Great North Runs and he'll be with me over the weekend. He plans to get to 40 so I'll come down and see him finish it."

β€œIt is one of my favourite runs - the bands and the music, and people cheering you around - it’s a great event.

"My wife has done two GNRs and she's not even a runner! It inspires people. It's very humbling.”

A big weekend!

The Great North Run isn't just about Sunday - here's a nice shot of the start of the yesterday's Mini Great Run, as families set off on the 1,500m course for kids aged three and over, courtesy of our colleague Stuart at BBC Look North...

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Stuart Clayton: Watching the @greatnorthrun_ has #GetInspired me to continue my training for @Gallowaysblind London Marathon. Amazing people

iammandapanda:#GNR18 application is in! The fundraising and training starts now for @stoswaldsuk#GetInspired

Mark Dye: Have never done the Great Northern Run, but am seriously thinking about it as part of next year's timetable... #GetInspired

We’ll be focusing on the mass participation race now, so keep posting your pics and vids on social media with the hashtag #GetInspired and we’ll feature as many of them as we can.

'I've never been this sore'

Mo Farah, speaking to BBC One: "That was really tough. I'm sore everywhere. I've never been this sore. I think it's down to a lack of training!

"It was telling. With four miles to go, I was hanging on and gritting my teeth. I was thinking if I can just sit on him, then at the end, I can sprint. It's nice to win my fourth time here. You get great support and I'm really enjoying myself.

"It's a relief. I'm pleased with how this season's gone. Looking back on it, it's been amazing. I was so jealous yesterday, watching the City Games, and they were all saying what treats they were having. I'm looking forward to sticky toffee pudding!"

Great North Run: 'Heroic' Mo Farah wins Great North Run for the fourth time

Here's the moment Mary Keitany cruised to her third Great North Run victory, in the third fastest time in the race's history.

Kenya's Mary Keitany crusies to third Great North Run win

There's a proposal!

Fresh from his second place finish, Jake Robertson has just proposed to his girlfriend!

His partner - or, as we're presuming from the smiles, new fiancee - is Magdalyne Masai, who finished fouth in the women's elite race.


'I definitely need to sign up next year!'


We're loving this attitude from Great North Run viewer and soon-to-be half marathon runner Gill Chant:

I love watching #GNR17 definitely need to sign up to a half next year. For now, though, I'm off to do my 5K - way to go yet!! #GetInspired

If you want to find out how to get involved in running, check out the Get Inspired guide or download the Couch to 5K app.

Elite women's race results

And for the women's race:

  1. Mary Keitany - 1:05:59
  2. Vivian Cheruiyot 1:07:44
  3. Caroline Kipkirui 1:09:52


Elite men's race results

Here's the official finishing times for the men's race.

  1. Mo Farah 1:00:06
  2. Jake Robertson 1:00:12
  3. Feyisa Lilesa 1:01:32

Mo Farah lays

Farah is off high-fiving the crowd that have lined the roads to see him. He's the first athlete to win the Great North Run in four consecutive years.

Elite men's race

And there's the Mo Bot!

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