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Quick guide to the Great North Run

The finish

The finish

HERE’S your short guide to the Great North Run this weekend.

It’s a big weekend for the North East as thousands of people run along the region’s roads.

We’ll have live coverage online throughout Sunday when you can send us your photos and messages.

But first, here is a quick guide to the event:

STARS

STARS of the stage, screen and sporting world will be among the 54,000 runners this weekend.

They include;

Liam Fox who plays Dan Spencer in Emmerdale.

Kara Tointon who played Dawn Swann in EastEnders, and who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.

Craig Gazey, well known as his character Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street.

Andy Knott from Casualty and Father Brown.

BBC Breakfast presenters Steph McGovern and Bill Turnbull.

Neil Grainger, Gervaise in Hebburn.

Former Sunderland and England footballer Michael Gray.

One Show presenters Angellica Bell and Lucy Siegle.

Dr James Logan from the television show Embarrassing Bodies.

And John Hammond, Alex Deakin and Emma Boorman from the BBC weather team.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper.

ELITE RUNNERS

This year’s run has attracted some of the world’s leading athletes.

The men’s race will feature Olympic, World and European 5,000 metre and 10,000 metre champion Mo Farah; as well as Olympic and World marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich and Tariku Bekele who is the World Indoor 3000 metre champion.

But they won’t have it all their own way with European 10,000 metre silver medallist Andy Vernon, and World 10,000 metre finalist Thomas Ayeko also in the field.

The women’s race promises to be just as enticing.

Tirunesh Dibaba - a three time Olympic gold medalist and 2012 GNR winner - will be up against Tiki Gelana who was the 2012 Olympic Marathon champion.

Their rivals will include Edna Kiplagat who has won the London Marathon and twice been World Marathon Champion, as well as Mary Keitany, the former half marathon world record holder.

ROAD CLOSURES

ROAD closures mean public transport is the best way to get to or from the Bupa Great North Run for runners and spectators. There will be extra bus services, Metro trains and ferry trips throughout the day to help you get around.

For those of you heading to the start line in Newcastle, it is about a 15-minute walk from the Haymarket in Newcastle.

For people being dropped off at the start by car, there is no designated event parking at the start. People are advised to plan well in advance and that way, their journey should be a more relaxing one.

Shuttle bus services will also be running from the finish area in South Shields to the start.

FINISHING LINE ADVICE

THE best advice from GNR organisers - to avoid the queues coming out of South Shields - is to have a meal or drink in South Shields before you head home.

There will be an estimated 75,000 people leaving the area after the race so people are being advised to be patient.

Extra Metro trains will be running but trains are expected to be extremely busy because of the high level of demand.

People attending the run are being warned to expect a significant wait.

Shuttle bus services will run to Newcastle and South Shields.

There will also be extra ferry crossings between South Shields and North Shields.

More details are also available HERE

 

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