Kenyan distance runner Paul Tergat has been inducted into the Great North Run Hall of Fame for his achievements.
The 43-year-old won the race in 2001 and retired in 2009 with two 10,000m Olympic silver medals and five World Cross Country golds.
"This is one of the greatest events I've run," Tergat told BBC Look North.
"Not just in this country but also across the world. It's a very tough course, especially towards the finish line. It's a fantastic event."
Tergat held both full and half-marathon world records during his running career, and also won gold in two World Half Marathon Championships.