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Will Mo Farah join the Great North Run Hall of Fame?

As Mo Farah sets his sights on winning this year's Great North Run, we take a look back at each year's winner and the time it took them to cross that famous finish line:

  • 2013 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 1:00:09
  • 2012 Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 59:06
  • 2011 Martin Mathathi (KEN) 58:56
  • 2010 Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 59:33
  • 2009 Martin Lel (KEN) 59:32
  • 2008 Tsegay Kebede (ETH) 59:45
  • 2007 Martin Lel (KEN) 1:00:10
  • 2006 Hendrick Ramaala (SA) 1:01:03
  • 2005 Zersenay Tadesse (ERIT) 59:05
  • 2004 Dejene Berhanu (ETH) 59:37
  • 2003 Hendrick Ramaala (SA) 1:00:01
  • 2002 Paul Kosgei (KEN) 59:58
  • 2001 Paul Tergat (KEN) 1:00:30
  • 2000 Faustin Baha (TANZ) 1:01:51
  • 1999 John Mutai (KEN) 1:00:52
  • 1998 Josiah Thugwane (SA) 1:02:32
  • 1997 Hendrick Ramaala (SA) 1:00:25
  • 1996 Benson Masya (KEN) 1:01:43
  • 1995 Moses Tanui (KEN) 1:00:39
  • 1994 Benson Masya (KEN) 1:00:02
  • 1993 Moses Tanui (KEN) 1:00:15
  • 1992 Benson Masya (KEN) 1:00:24
  • 1991 Benson Masya (KEN) 1: 01:28
  • 1990 Steve Moneghetti (AUS) 1:00:34
  • 1989 M El Mechchadi (MOR) 1:02:39
  • 1988 John Treacy (IRE) 1:01:00
  • 1987 Rob De Castella (AUS) 1:02:04
  • 1986 M Musyoki (KEN) 1:00:43
  • 1985 Steve Kenyon (GB) 1:02:44
  • 1984 Oyvind Dahl (NOR) 1:04:36
  • 1983 Carlos Lopez (POR) 1:02:46
  • 1982 Mike McLeod (GB) 1:02:44
  • 1981 Mike McLeod (GB) 1:03:23


Mo 'will do better' as he sets his sights on winning GNR

Mo Farah has set his sights on winning the Great North Run this year.

He had hoped to win last year but was beaten in the final sprint finish along the sea front at South Shields by Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia.

This year though, he says he "will do better" and hopes to be the 4th British winner in the Great North Run. It would be the first time a British male has won in 29 years:

Is your town one of the fastest in the Great North Run?

ITV News Tyne Tees set out to find the fastest and slowest neighbourhoods in the North East of England.

With the help of organisers Nova, we analysed results from 2013 finishers to find the average time for each postcode area in our region - which covers the area from Berwick-upon-Tweed to York.

Lucy Taylor reports:


Mo Farah's Great North Run: 'This time, I want to win it'

Mo Farah won the 2 mile run during the Great North CityGames in 2011 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Mo Farah will be out to claim a landmark achievement of his own when he joins the 57,000 strong field in the historic Bupa Great North Run on Sunday.

The 2014 staging of the world's biggest half marathon is guaranteed to be a momentous occasion, with the tally of runners who have crossed the finish line at South Shields in the 33 year history of the event set to break the one million mark.

Farah wants to make it a doubly special occasion by becoming the first British men’s winner of the prestigious IAAF Gold Label event for 29 years.

He was two years old when Steve Kenyon of Salford Harriers won the 1985 race, beating local favourite Mike McLeod.

Farah had hoped to win last year but was beaten in the final sprint finish along the sea front at South Shields by Kenenisa Bekele, the Ethiopian who holds the world records for 5,000m and 10,000m.

I like running the half marathon. My first was in New York in 2011, which I won. I enjoyed making my debut in the Bupa Great North Run last year. It was a great race, between Kenenisa, Haile Gebrselassie and myself, but I just didn’t have quite enough.

This time I want to win it. The Bupa Great North Run is a big race and it would be nice to have a win in it. It will be my last race before I start getting ready for next year.

– Mo Farah

100 children from 'Ollie's army' raising money for friend

This weekend, nearly 60,000 people will be taking part in one of the Great North Run events, many of them fundraising for a cause close to their hearts.

And in Gateshead more than 100 children have been training together for the big event.

'Ollie's Army' will run the Junior Great North Run in honour of their 9-year-old friend Oliver Roberts who has a brain tumour.

100 children run Junior Great North Run for cancer

A team of more than 100 children is taking part in the Junior Great North Run in honour of their friend who has a brain tumour.

Ollie's Army is running for 9-year-old Oliver Roberts, from Gateshead.

The children are raising money for a children's cancer charity.

Karen Roberts, Ollie's mother, has spoken of the joy the training has brought to Ollie's life.

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