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Millionth runner hailed at the finishing line

Tracey Cramond with Lord Coe and the Great North Run founder, Brendan Foster CBE Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd

Tracey Cramond, who was running for the Butterwick Hospice in memory of her mother, was named as the millionth runner to take part in the event.

She said that as she crossed the finish line, "I heard a bang go off behind me...and then I got mobbed!"

Tracey was presented with a special award by Lord Coe.

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Millionth person crosses the line at Great North Run

A charity runner became the millionth person to finish the Great North Run in Newcastle.

A charity runner became the millionth person to complete the Great North Run. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Tracey Cramond crossed the line with a time of just over three hours and 22 minutes becoming the first millionth finisher ever in a running event worldwide.

She was in a mass of runners who surged through the line an hour and 22 minutes after race winner, the double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

She told the BBC: "I'm absolutely gobsmacked - totally shocked," adding that she started running last year after her mother died.

She added: "I thought I would raise funds for children's charities because children meant so much to her."

Mo Farah celebrates Great North Run victory

Olympic champion Mo Farah has celebrated becoming the first British man to win the Great North Run since 1985 by beating Mike Kigen with a personal best time of one hour and one second.

Mo Farah celebrates his first placed finish with second placed Mike Kigen (left) and third placed Stephen Kiprotich (right). Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The Olympic champion holds up his Great North Run medal. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Farah holds the Great North Run trophy on his head. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Mo Farah wins the Great North Run

Olympic, World and European champion Mo Farah made up for last year's heartbreak by winning the Great North Run in Newcastle.

Mo Farah won the Great North Run with a personal best time. Credit: PA

The 31-year-old who lost in a sprint finish to Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele over the half-marathon course 12 months ago, scored a personal best time of 1:00:01.

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Mo Farah claims gold in Euro men's 10,000 metres

Olympic champion Mo Farah has won another gold medal for Great Britain, battling through driving rain to claim first place in the men's 10,000 metres at the European Championships.

The star runner went into the lead with 600m left on the track, making a final push to surge clear in the final 60m.

Mo Farah won gold in the men's 10,000 metres Credit: PA

And it was a double celebration for the British team as Farah was followed by Andy Vernon to claim the silver, having managed to overtake Turkey's Ali Kaya in the last few metres.

The win helped bring a smile back to Farah's face in what has been a tough competitive year for the athlete.

He collapsed part-way through the New York half-marathon, finished a disappointing eighth in the London Marathon, and was unable to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to a tooth infection.

Mo Farah to compete in Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Double Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah has announced he will compete in this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 31-year-old athlete told his one million followers:

The 5,000 metres and 10,000m London 2012 Olympic Champion hasn't yet decided what events he will compete in.

But it is unlikely he will attempt the gruelling task of running the marathon after his coach Alberto Salazar advised him to forget about the discipline until after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Farah's participation in the Games is likely to increase demand for tickets this summer and organisers have already said that demand is "unprecedented".

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