Britain’s Greatest Road Run #9

Britain’s Greatest Road Run #9

The Great North Run

Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Great North Run is the UK’s biggest running event (by competitor numbers) and with well over 50,000 runners also the world’s second biggest half marathon (after Gothenburg’s).

The 13.1-mile route from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields is lined with excited locals known for offering beer to runners. The race was co-created by Olympian and sports commentator Brendan Foster after he felt inspired by running New Zealand’s Round the Bays Race in 1979.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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