Olympic and Paralympic heroes have spoken to ITV Tyne Tees about the BUPA Great North Run and how they admire those taking part.
From Team GB to The Only Way Is Essex, celebrities are taking to Twitter to say 'good luck' to runners.
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah started the race
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was among a group of London 2012 heroes that started the 32nd BUPA Great North Run. The 29-year old became a national hero this summer after winning the 5,000 metre and 10,000 metre races at the Olympics.
There were plenty of impressions of his trademark "Mobot" celebration dance in Newcastle and Mo was well aware he might have to hand out 55,000 high fives.
The 32nd BUPA Great North Run was given a golden start this morning. Boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams and Rowing gold medallist Kat Copeland were among the London 2012 heroes who started the race.
Geordie pop star Joe McElderry was among the 55,000 runners who lined up for the 32nd BUPA Great North Run.
Jeff Hordley joined many of his fellow Emmerdale stars taking part in the BUPA Great North Run. The actor, who plays Cain Dingle in the rural ITV soap, was part of a team of TV celebrities helping to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research.
Spectators lined the route to cheer on the people taking part.
The route includes iconic sights such as The Sage in Gateshead.
All eyes were on the skies when The Red Arrows flew over the region.
Canadian wheelchair sprinter, Josh Cassidy, is all smiles after winning the Men's Wheelchair race at the Great North Run.