Two runners who have been in every Great North Run since it began share their top tips for anyone taking on the race for the first time.
Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah has been announced as the honorary starter of the Bupa Great North 5k.
Olympic and Paralympic heroes have spoken to ITV Tyne Tees about the BUPA Great North Run and how they admire those taking part.
ITV News caught up with cricketer Graeme Swann at today's race where the sportsman was wielding the all important starting gun.
The Red Arrows display team flies over Newcastle in their annual tradition at the Great North Run.
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele has won the Great North Run race with Mo Farah coming second in an exciting sprint finish.
Mo Farah is now sitting in second place, as Kenenisa Bekele leads in the final stages of the race.
Mo Farah is currently leading the race with Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in today's elite Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields.
Paralympian David Weir has won the wheelchair race for the Great North Run.
It is the fourth time that he has clinched the first place position in the North East event.
ITV Tyne Tees and Border's very own weatherman Ross Hutchinson is taking part in today's Great North Run.
Here he is ahead of the start of the race.
The Great North Run is getting underway in Newcastle.
The race is expected to attract up to 55,000 people this year- with runners of all ages and abilities taking part.
World champion and olympic gold medallist Mo Farah is just one of a number of athletes who have started their Great North Run race.
He is taking part in the 13.1 mile course along with Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie.