SPORTS stars Christine Ohuruogu and Graeme Swann will start this year’s Great North Run, it has been confirmed.
Athletics ace Ohuruogu, who brilliantly won the title in Moscow last month, will be joined by England cricketer Swann, who was a key member of the team that successfully defended the Ashes this summer.
They will join a list of previous event starters that include Ant and Dec, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sting, Sir Bobby Robson, Mo Farah, Sir Chris Hoy and Ellie Simmonds.
The pair will see off a record field of 56,000 runners at 10.40, minutes after the Red Arrows will have flown over the start line in a special salute to runners.
Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah will be aiming to win the men’s event against a world-class elite field including Haile Gebrselassie, while London 2012 Paralympic sensation David Weir will be favourite for the wheelchair race.
* The Bupa Great North Run will be live on BBC One on Sunday morning from 9.30am, with a highlights show at 4.50pm on BBC Two.