Greg Rutherford was part of a group of London 2012 gold medallists chosen to start the 32nd BUPA Great North Run in Newcastle. The Long Jump Champion is still basking in the glory of Britain's golden summer, but he wasn't sure about the prospect of handing out 55,000 high fives at the start line.
Olympic and Paralympic heroes have spoken to ITV Tyne Tees about the BUPA Great North Run and how they admire those taking part.
From Team GB to The Only Way Is Essex, celebrities are taking to Twitter to say 'good luck' to runners.
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah started the race