Sporting heroes back GNR runners

Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Nicola Adams, Kat Copeland and Ellie Simmonds
Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Nicola Adams, Kat Copeland and Ellie Simmonds Photo: ITV

As 55,000 people compare finish times, respected sporting heroes have been speaking about how they supported participants from the start line.

Ellie Simmonds was one of the brightest stars of Paralympics GB in London this summer. She won 2 golds, a silver and a bronze. Today she was one of a group of London 2012 heroes who started the 32nd BUPA Great North Run in Newcastle.

There were plenty of impressions of his trademark 'Mobot' celebration dance.

Boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams and Rowing gold medallist Kat Copeland were among the London 2012 heroes who started the race.

Long Jump Champion, Greg Rutherford was part of a group of London 2012 gold medallists chosen to start the 32nd BUPA Great North Run in Newcastle.