54,000 people are taking part in the Great North Run 2012. The annual half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields is the second largest of its kind in the world. The elite men began their race at 10.40, it was won by Wilson Kipsang from Kenya.
Before the start, Team GB athletes including boxer Nicola Adams and swimmer Ellie Simmonds turned out to show their support. The race was officially started by double Olympic champion Mo Farah.
One of the runners taking part is a grandfather who is running his 30th consecutive half-marathon with a fridge strapped to his back. For the past 29 days Tony "The Fridge" Phoenix-Morrison has completed the Newcastle to South Shields course weighed down by a 40kg fridge. He undertook the fitness challenge in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which funds cancer research.