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Great North Run praised by UN Secretary General

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. Credit: ITV News

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has praised the Great North Run, describing the half marathon as a ‘true celebration of humanity, commitment and personal achievement’.

The Great North Run will feature participants from 178 UN member states on Sunday, more than any other running event in history.

In a message sent to the Great Run Company, he passed on his best wishes to all 57,000 participants in the 13.1 mile event between Newcastle and South Shields, which will be staged for the 36th time on Sunday.

“It is a great pleasure to send my best wishes to all the participants in the Great North Run, which epitomises the power of sport to bring people together. Every runner’s experience is unique, but the finishing line symbolizes for all the culmination of hard work and determination. Communal activities and sports are good for people, communities and society as a whole. They can make an important contribution to development and peace. The Great North Run is an example of how sport empowers, motivates and inspires. It does all this while raising money for many worthwhile causes. The Great North Run is a true celebration of humanity, commitment and personal achievement. In a culture that loves to celebrate winners, this event makes winners of all its participants. I celebrate you all, and wish you the best of luck.”

– Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

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Olympic hero Amy Tinkler to start Great North Run

Spennymoor Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler is to be an honorary starter in this Sunday's Great North Run.

She'll join Double Olympic 800m champion and World Record Holder David Rudisha on the start line.

Make sure you give them a high five as you set off if you are running!

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