Great North Run

The Great North Run in the north of England is one of the leading half- marathons in the world.

The idea for the run was Brendan Foster, BBC sports commentator and third in the 10,000 m at the 1976 Olympic Games, after running the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in 1979. For the first time the Great North Run took place on 28 July 1981. At the premiere, about 12,000 runners participating; by 2003 their number increased to 47,000.

The World Half-Marathon Championships 1992 were held as part of the Great North Run.

The route from Newcastle upon Tyne via Gateshead and South Tyneside to South Shields. As a point - to-point course with a slope of 30.5 meters above sea level it is not record- compatible, so that Paula Radcliffe's winning time of 2003 is not considered a world record.


Track records

  • Men: 58:56 min, Martin Irungu Mathathi (KEN ), 2011
  • Women: 1:05:40 h, Paula Radcliffe (GBR ), 2003

Finisher 2010

  • 39 449 participants in the target ( 23 098 men and 16,351 women)

List of winners

Sources: ARRS, gbrathletics

Development of finishers Ahlen