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Family pay tribute to runner after GNR death

The family of David Colley, who collapsed and died in the Great North Run, has spoken of their devastation. They have asked the organisers of the race to pass on their gratitude for the sympathy and support they have received.

“David was a regular runner who loved taking part in the Great North Run and always looked forward to the event. We are absolutely devastated.”

– Family statement

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Runner who died in GNR named

The runner who died participating in the Great North Run on Sunday has been named as David Colley, from Hull.

David, 58, had taken part in numerous Great North Runs over the last ten years. He collapsed in the last mile of the run and was attended to immediately by the medical services.

A post mortem concluded that Mr Colley died of natural causes.

David Colley

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Denise Lewis: Great North Run participants are "inspiring"

Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis OBE says she loves coming to the Great North Run 'because of the energy, atmosphere and the people with inspiring stories'.

Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, the retired track and field athlete said she has always wanted to take part in the half marathon, but that she has not 'quite got there yet'.

PICTURES: Red Arrows display at Great North Run finish line

The Red Arrows have performed a display over the end of the Great North Run half marathon route in South Sheilds.

The Red Arrows perform a display above the finish line of the Great North Run Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The Red Arrows perform a display above the finish line of the Great North Run Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Earlier in the day, the Red Arrows conducted their annual flypast over Newcastle as participants of the Great North Run crossed the Tyne Bridge.

Red Arrows fly over Newcastle Credit: Steve Drew/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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