The elite women's Great North Run race was won by Priscah Jeptoo, who described the result as a surprise, but a good indication for her future racing prospects.
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A look ahead at a lively start to the weekend
2,000 children from more than 100 primary schools flocked to Sandhaven at South Shields for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.
Sunderland is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships race in July 2018. Now, it has been given the honour of starting the race.