Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis OBE says she loves coming to the Great North Run 'because of the energy, atmosphere and the people with inspiring stories'.
Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees, the retired track and field athlete said she has always wanted to take part in the half marathon, but that she has not 'quite got there yet'.
The Red Arrows have performed a display over the end of the Great North Run half marathon route in South Sheilds.
Earlier in the day, the Red Arrows conducted their annual flypast over Newcastle as participants of the Great North Run crossed the Tyne Bridge.
Metro services have resumed between Bede and South Shields but a subject to delays, after a trespass incident.
A couple from County Durham tied the knot on Sunday morning before taking part in the Great North Run, dressed in their wedding clothes.
Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has won the Elite Men's Group race in this year's Great North Run, completing the half marathon in 59 minutes and 22 seconds.
The Red Arrows have carried out their annual flypast of the Great North Run as those taking part cross the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.
The Elite Men's Group, including Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, has set off in this year's Great North Run.
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The Elite women's race of this year's Great North Run has begun in Newcastle.