NHS worker from Darlington is millionth runner

Tracey Cramond, from Darlington, is the millionth runner to finish the Great North Run. She admits that not too long before race day, she considered deferring her place to 2015.

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Millionth runner returns to hospice where it all began

Tracey Cramond at Butterwick Hospice Care Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tracey Cramond has returned to Butterwick Hospice Care, the charity she ran the Great North Run for when she became the millionth finisher.

Tracey, from Darlington, said she was "gobsmacked and totally shocked" to become the first millionth runner to finish an event of its kind.

She was presented with a special award by Lord Coe, a few minutes after crossing the finishing line at South Shields yesterday (Sunday, 7th September).

Tracey was running in support of the Butterwick Hospice in memory of her mother, Lynn Liddell, who died last year.

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Millionth Great North Runner shocked at her luck

An NHS worker from Darlington has expressed her shock at being the Great North Run's millionth finisher.

I'm never usually lucky at anything. I never win anything: bingo tickets, raffles, the lottery. So for me to be the millionth runner and represent the one million runners that have gone before, it is incredible. I'm still in shock.

– Tracy Crammond, Millionth finisher

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.

Millionth Runner named as Tracey Cramond

One in a million: Tracey Cramond named as the millionth runner to take part in the event since it began Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd

Tracey Cramond from Darlington said she was "gobsmacked and totally shocked" to become the millionth person to complete the Great North Run.

She was presented with a special award by Lord Coe, a few minutes after crossing the finishing line at South Shields.

Tracey was running this year in support of the Butterwick Hospice in memory of her mother, Lynn Liddell, as she explained in her fundraising page online:

Last year I lost the most precious person a daughter could have, my Mom. I will be running in her memory to raise funds for a truly remarkable charity who do so much for so many. I will be the legs my Mom did not and will never have, because she is the wind beneath my wings.

– Tracey Cramond

After the run, Tracey thanked the supporters who cheered everyone along the way:

It was incredibly hot today, I think a lot of runners have struggled, I did struggle today too...the crowd this year were phenomenal, they have really done us proud. You get to a point where you're feeling really low, and then all of a sudden there's this spurt of enthusiasm from the sidelines, so you just keep going, it's amazing.

– Tracey Cramond

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