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Terminally ill man ticks Great North Run off bucket list

Matt Hadden, the final man to cross the finish line, along with Mo Farah the first person to finish. Credit: North News

A terminally ill man has ticked the Great North Run off his bucket list.

On Friday Matt Hadden, who has terminal bone cancer, had a surprise visit from Sir Mo Farrah.

On Sunday the pair became the first and last people to cross the 2017 Great North Run finish line.

Matt Hadden, 28, has terminal bone cancer despite intensive treatment including a leg amputation and chemotherapy.

Throughout this he has received support from Maggie's Newcastle, a centre based at the Freeman Hospital that offers advice and support to those going through cancer in the grounds of the Freeman hospital.

Sir Mo, Great Britain's greatest ever athlete, visited the centre on Friday to surprise Matt and the staff at Maggies.

The first and last runners to cross the 2017 Great North Run finish line Credit: North News

Despite his disability, Matt walked the 13.1 miles on Sunday in a time of 4 hours 48 minutes, bringing this year's great North Run to a close as the final racer to cross the line.

Sir Mo was the first person to arrive on South Shields seafront in an impressive time of hour 6 seconds.

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Matt crossed the finish line i a time of 4 hours 48 minutes.

Matt had to re-learn how to walk again while using a prosthetic leg.

Along with his mum and sister he hopes to raise £2,400 for the centre who have provided emotional and social support to Matt since his diagnosis.

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