Mo Farah has claimed first place in the elite men's event, crossing the line at South Shields with a personal best time of 60 minutes and 1 second.
Kenyan distance runner Mary Keitany has won the women's elite event at the Great North Run, with a finishing time of 65 minutes, 39 seconds.
Britain's Gemma Steel claimed second place.
British Paralympic athlete Shelly Woods was first across the finish line in the women's wheelchair event, with a time of 50'34".
Mo Farah has set his sights on winning this year's elite event at the Great North Run.
He joins top athletes from all over the world, setting off before the main event in which the millionth runner to take part in the Great North Run will cross the finish line.
The Great North 5km started a weekend of athletes across Tyneside.
Top athletes James Cracknell and Stephen Kiprotich started the race around the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside at just after 9am this morning.
Winners Elizabeth Hodgkinson and Marc Fenwick received their trophies at the end of the race.
The 5km race was followed by theGreat North Mini Run with more than 6,000 children taking part.
Elite athletes from all over the world later competed around the Quayside in the City Games.
Around 6,500 children have competed in the Great North Mini Run, the UK's biggest children's running event.
Youngsters aged 3-16 completed the course around the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.
Postman Pat fired the starting gun, and athletes running in tomorrow's Great North Run were at the start line inspiring the next generation.