The 32nd BUPA Great North Run was given a golden start this morning. Boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams and Rowing gold medallist Kat Copeland were among the London 2012 heroes who started the race.
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