What a phenomenon! 11 retro photos as we celebrate 40 years of the Great North Run today
Let’s say a big happy birthday to the Great North Run – after all, it is 40 years old today.
More than 12,000 runners lined up for that very first staging of the event on June 28, 1981, for a run which has now become a worldwide name.
Running elite, celebrity runners and charity joggers in their thousands have tackled the course since then.
And they have all left with memories of a day to remember.
We hope these 11 scenes bring back memories of your own of the run which, pandemic permitting, finishes in front of thousands of spectators at South Shields