Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was among a group of London 2012 heroes that started the 32nd BUPA Great North Run. The 29-year old became a national hero this summer after winning the 5,000 metre and 10,000 metre races at the Olympics.
There were plenty of impressions of his trademark "Mobot" celebration dance in Newcastle and Mo was well aware he might have to hand out 55,000 high fives.
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