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Watch: A runner's-eye-view ahead of the Great North Run

This year's Great North Run is only a few days away. As Tyneside gears up for more than 57,000 runners to pound across the Tyne Bridge on their way to South Shields, here's a very quick glimpse of what they'll see as they cross the river.


Over £250m raised by the Great North Run

Great North Run 2014 Credit: Steve Drew/PA

The organisers of the Great North Run have revealed that over £250m has now been raised by runners for good causes since the start of the event in 1981.

Over 41,000 people took part in the famous run yesterday, which is the highest number yet.

Together, they raised a total of £21m for charities this year.

Tracey Crammond, from Darlington, became the one millionth runner to finish the world-famous race.

Tony the Fridge does five Great North Runs in 24 hours

Tony "the Fridge" Pheonix-Morrison has completed another gruelling event this weekend, running the Great North 24-Hour Endurance Challenge Run, in aid of cancer research.

He ran the route of the Great North Run four times, before joining the main event today.

He told ITV Tyne Tees that it would be his last Great North Run, and that the crowds have been wonderful:


Here come the Fun Runners...

Postman Pat racing towards South Shields Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
Feeling all white before the run Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
Another light and easy running outfit Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
Best webbed feet forward Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
All dressed up.... Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
THERE'S Wally! Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
Having a devil of a time Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
The Great North Leprechauns Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd
Geordiesaurus Rex Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd

Millionth Runner named as Tracey Cramond

One in a million: Tracey Cramond named as the millionth runner to take part in the event since it began Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd

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:

Last year I lost the most precious person a daughter could have, my Mom. I will be running in her memory to raise funds for a truly remarkable charity who do so much for so many. I will be the legs my Mom did not and will never have, because she is the wind beneath my wings.

– Tracey Cramond

After the run, Tracey thanked the supporters who cheered everyone along the way:

It was incredibly hot today, I think a lot of runners have struggled, I did struggle today too...the crowd this year were phenomenal, they have really done us proud. You get to a point where you're feeling really low, and then all of a sudden there's this spurt of enthusiasm from the sidelines, so you just keep going, it's amazing.

– Tracey Cramond

Great North Run in pictures

A Red Arrows escort for runners across the Tyne Bridge Credit: Scott Heppell/NOVA International Handout/PA Wire.
Thousands set off on the road to South Shields Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Crowds wave the runners on from the road bridge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Early stages - the hardest part is yet to come Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The sun shining on the runners Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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