The Great North Run in pictures

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Thousands of people are in the North East for the world's biggest half-marathon.

Runners will take on the 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to the South Shields seafront.

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Good luck to Stacey Daprato from Newcastle running this year's event with her Cousin Tony.

Stacey is running in aid of The Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, while Tony is fundraising for Children with Cancer UK.

Tony and Stacey Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle born TV presenters Ant and Dec have tweeted a message of good luck to those taking part.

Our Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke is running today and has been sending his photos. He is running in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Earlier in the week he met brides-to-be Christina Richter and Laura Cort, who plan to get married at the finish line in South Shields.

Simon bumped into them at the start line.

The elite women set off on the 13.1 mile route.

Among those running is Sunderland's own marathon runner Aly Dixon.

Elite women set off Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

As a seasoned long distance runner, Aly has been sharing her best tips for those taking on the Great North Run this year.

Runners will notice a large police presence at the run this year.

Northumbria police are working to ensure the safety of everyone taking part and spectating.

Durham and England cricket's finest Keaton Jennings and Chris Rushworth are tackling the gruelling route.

Fellow ITV Tyne Tees reporter Amy Lea is also running the GReat North Run, along with her sister.

Newcastle football legend Alan Shearer wished two of his children luck as they take on the run for the very first time. Good luck to Chloe and Will.

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