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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.
An NHS worker from Darlington has expressed her shock at being the Great North Run's millionth finisher.
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.
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:
After the run, Tracey thanked the supporters who cheered everyone along the way:
Brendan Foster, founder of the Great North Run, has spoken to ITV Tyne Tees of his hopes for tonight's Opening Ceremony:
Ahead of the Great North Run's Million Opening Ceremony, ITV Tyne Tees has spoken to Tim Healy about his role in the performance.
He will be joined by local actress, Jill Halfpenny, in narrating the story of the North East - a story which he says will be "powerful and moving".
But Tim is keeping his cards, and script, very close to his chest:
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Tracey Cramond, the millionth runner to finish the GNR, admits not too long before race day, she considered deferring her place to 2015.
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