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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Booth

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Since I first came to the North East in 2003 I've had a strong connection with the Great North Run. I ran in it for seven consecutive years, raising money for the British Lung Foundation and the Red Cross. I've also photographed it on many occasions, firstly for The Northern Echo newspaper, and more recently for various charities including the Great North Air Ambulance, Breast Cancer Now, the MS Society and this year, Barnardo's.

It's a fantastic event that can't help but inspire you. From the amazing stories behind the participants' decision to take up the 13.1 mile course and the money they raise as a result, to the occasional outlandish outfits on display, to the spine-tingling support provided by those who gather along the route from central Newcastle, through Gateshead and at the finish line in South Shields.

Adding to the drama at this year's run was the announcement beforehand that it would be Olympic great Sir Mo Farah's last competitive race. He's become one of the most iconic sporting heroes during his career and it was an absolute pleasure to see him in action one last time.

Congratulations to all involved with this year's Great North Run and especially those who completed the distance in what were very warm conditions. I look forward to being overwhelmed by the spectacle once again next year.

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