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Characters on the Great North Run...

Just some of the thousands of characters taking part in today's Great North Run...

Tony the Fridge on possibly his last run... Credit: ITV News
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Full Report: Region's runners at Great North Run 2013

Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie will battle it out at the front of the race, but every single one of the runners that cross the Tyne Bridge on Sunday will have their own story to tell.

Gemma Carter is one of them and she is following in the footsteps of her father who now has Motor Neurone Disease, the charity Gemma is running for.

Fiona Marley Paterson went to meet them - watch her full report below.

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Cockermouth charity fundraiser racing in Great North Run

Tens of thousands of runners from across Cumbria and the Borders are getting ready to take part in this weekend's Great North Run.

Gemma Carter from Cockermouth in Cumbria is one of them.

She is following in the footsteps of her father, Fleck Ditchburn, who ran the first three Great North Runs and raised thousands of pounds for charity with more sporting expeditions - including sailing from Cumbria to Scotland and back.

However, Fleck now has Motor Neurone Disease so he is confined to a wheelchair.

Gemma is running this weekend to raise money for the charity supporting sufferers and hopes the money will fund research into finding a cure.