Just some of the thousands of characters taking part in today's Great North Run...
Mo Farah has been pipped at the post in the Great North Run, finishing second behind Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele in a sprint finish.
Mo Farah is currently leading the race with Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in today's elite Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields.
Paralympian David Weir has won the wheelchair race for the Great North Run.
It is the fourth time that he has clinched the first place position in the North East event.
World champion and olympic gold medallist Mo Farah is just one of a number of athletes who have started their Great North Run race.
He is taking part in the 13.1 mile course along with Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie.
With poor weather set to affect conditions at the 2013 Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields, hoodie-clad Olympic champion Mo Farah waits to start the race.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the gales in Scotland and Northern Ireland for today and the public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption to travel, as runners are expected to take part in the annual Great North Run in Newcastle.
World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will face fellow distance-running greats Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie at the Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle today.
Farah will fire the starting pistol for the shorter 5km event, organisers said.
The Great North Run will be hit by rain and strong gusts of wind today as stormy conditions roll in across much of the UK, heralding the beginning of autumn.
As some 55,000 people set off on the half-marathon in Newcastle, winds in the area are expected to be up to 40mph, and will increase to 45mph in the afternoon.
Western areas of Scotland are expected to see the worst rain of the day, with 30-40mm falling in some places. It will also bear the brunt of the windy conditions, with Northern Ireland and Cumbria, with some tree branches expected to be brought down by the gusts.
The rest of the UK is expected to see cool, cloudy and windy conditions, with no signs of a return of any sunshine.