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Great North Run 2019: highlights of the day

  • SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER: 39th annual Great North Run

Tens of thousands take to the start line and thousands line the streets.

Today, 57,000 competitors are taking part in the 39th annual Great North Run.

Records have been broken during this year's 13.1-mile route stretch from Newcastle to South Shields, including a course record by Women's Elite winner Brigid Kosgei from Kenya and Sir Mo Farah, taking first place in the Men's Elite race for the sixth year in a row.

Great North Run 2019: Hall of Fame Credit: PA

Women's Elite Race:

WINNER - Brigid Kosgei, Kenya, 1:04:28 (fastest half-marathon ever)

Second Place - Magdalyne Masai, Kenya, 1:07:36

Third place - Linet Masai, Kenya, 1:07:44

Women's Wheelchair Race:

WINNER - Jade Hall, Great Britain, 50:15

Second Place - Shelley Woods, Great Britain, 51:41

Third place - Martyna Snopek, Poland, 1:06:38

Men's Wheelchair Race:

WINNER - David Weir, Great Britain, 43:31

Second Place - Brent Lakatos, Canada, 43:36

Third place - Simon Lawson, Great Britain, 45:58

Men's Elite Race:

WINNER - Sir Mo Farah, Great Britain, 59:07

Second Place - Tamarit Tola, Ethiopia, 59:13

Third place - Abdi Nageeye, Netherlands, 59:55

And Sunderland Olympian Aly Dixon broke the world record for the fastest half-marathon dressed as 'Wonderwoman'.

Six in a row for Sir Mo Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Fastest half-marathon ever for Brigid Kosgei Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
She's done it! Middlesbrough's Jade Jones wins the Women's Wheelchair race Credit: PA
Sunderland's Aly Dixon smashes a world record as Wonderwoman Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Darren 'Dibsy' McClintock completed the course in 02:43:27 Credit: Les Pigg

This time last year, it would've seemed an impossible dream. But today, Darren 'Dibsy' McClintock took on his biggest challenge yet and smashed it. He crossed the finish line with trainer Mike Hind in 02:43:27 after losing 19-stone in a matter of months.

Sir Mo and Lady Tania Farah were both cheered around the 13.1-mile course.

He was there to support his wife Tania and meet her at the finish line when she recorded a personal best of 1:42:37.

  • What did the Farahs think of the atmosphere at this year's GNR?

Stories from the start-line

We've been following the stories of some of the amazing peoplepreparing for this year's half marathon. They include Lee Williamson, from Sunderland, who ran the race in 2002, but this year he's doing it in a wheelchair.

11-year-old Charli Hopper had open-heart surgery as a baby after being born with three holes in her heart. Since then, she's become a fundraiser and taking part in her first GNR event.

Since shedding 19-stone on his incredible weight loss journey, Darren 'Dibsy' McClintock from Teesside is taking on his biggest challenge yet. Doctors warned they couldn't contemplate surgery to help his heart condition unless he changed his lifestyle.

Ed Ammon was just 39 when he lost his battle with leukaemia. His amazing friends are running for the Anthony Nolan Trust in his memory, dressed in cricket whites.

And Sunderland Olympian Aly Dixon has rewritten the record books - just in time to return to a home crowd.

GNR: Team Tyne Tees, Amy Lea, Simon O'Rourke and Katie Maddison Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Team Tyne Tees

Three members of our team are taking part in the half-marathon today!

They include Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke, who is raising money for Parkinsons UK and our reporter Amy Lea is taking part in her seventh Great North Run!

Best of luck to ITV Tyne Tees Production Specialist Katie Maddison and her cousin Lauren Walker on their first-ever Great North Run.

They're raising money for St. Benedicts Hospice in Sunderland.

Here's how they were feeling the night before...

"There's no going back now!"

Katie and Lauren filmed this message on the start line, ready to take on their first half-marathon.

They've done it, but would they do it again?

After plenty of training and fundraising, £4,000 to be exact, our first-time runners Katie and Lauren have done it. They finished with a time of 02:57:10. Well done!

Send us your race day stories to pamandian@itv.com