Transport Secretary Patrick McGloughlin today said HS2 will "deliver growth and jobs across the country".
At a speech at the Institute of Civil Engineers he responded to backlash earlier this week that the train will take business away from the regions.
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It will be a dry and bright start, however scattered showers will develop.
Rather cloudy, with some rain likely at first.
It's believed there were around 8,000 people who laced up for this year's 10k race.