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Olympic and Paralympic heroes have spoken to ITV Tyne Tees about the BUPA Great North Run and how they admire those taking part.

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Travel disruption expected during Great North Run

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the gales in Scotland and Northern Ireland for today and the public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption to travel, as runners are expected to take part in the annual Great North Run in Newcastle.

A spell of gale force westerly winds is expected later Sunday, peaking on Monday across much of Scotland, the north of Northern Ireland and coasts of north west England and north Wales.

The public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption to travel and keep up to date with the latest weather forecast information.

– Paul Gundersen, Met Office chief forecaster
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Mo Farah to compete at the Great North Run weekend

World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will face fellow distance-running greats Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie at the Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle today.

Farah will fire the starting pistol for the shorter 5km event, organisers said.

Mo Farah celebrating as he wins the Men's 5,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Read more: Mo Farah to kick start the Great North Run weekend

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Great North runners expected to be hit by storms

The Great North Run will be hit by rain and strong gusts of wind today as stormy conditions roll in across much of the UK, heralding the beginning of autumn.

Competitors run over Tyne Bridge during the Great North Run in Newcastle in 2012. Credit: PA Wire

As some 55,000 people set off on the half-marathon in Newcastle, winds in the area are expected to be up to 40mph, and will increase to 45mph in the afternoon.

Western areas of Scotland are expected to see the worst rain of the day, with 30-40mm falling in some places. It will also bear the brunt of the windy conditions, with Northern Ireland and Cumbria, with some tree branches expected to be brought down by the gusts.

The rest of the UK is expected to see cool, cloudy and windy conditions, with no signs of a return of any sunshine.

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Great North Run travel advice

Great North Run participants and spectators are being reminded that the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are closed for refurbishment. The tunnels are traditionally used to avoid the crowds and congestion on the roads and the Metro.

A free, half-hourly shuttle bus service is running between the tunnel entrances, but it can only carry 24 passengers and 16 bikes at a time.

“We would not like people to turn up at the tunnels and suddenly find their journey plans spoiled by the closure.

“They should either allow a lot more time for their journey or find another way of travelling between Newcastle and South Shields.”

– Paul Fenwick, Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority
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