Meet the characters who make the Great North Run a very special day

You’re never short of characters to say hello to when you do the Great North Run.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 5:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 5:45 pm
How could we not include Great North runner Colin Burgin-Plews who, as Big Pink Dress, has raised £104,000 from his charity runs.
How could we not include Great North runner Colin Burgin-Plews who, as Big Pink Dress, has raised £104,000 from his charity runs.

Whether it is mega fundraisers, people who achieve against the odds, or merely those who like to run the famous course in a costume, the greatest run in the world has amazing people of all varieties.

Here’s 17 examples of those who have lit up the Newcastle to South Shields route over the years.

'Jarra Jim' Purcell was a firm favourite of spectators at the run. Sadly, he died last year but will always be remembered, particularly by the charities he raised money for.

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Deano Franciosy can often be spotted on popular North East runs - with a wheelie bin on his back.
Tony The Fridge is pictured with fridge at the 2012 Great North Run.
As well as the famous characters, there's lots of people who really enter into the spirit of the occasion including these two finishers from 2016.
A chip off the old block, pictured at Whitemare Pool 16 years ago.
Not a Bard outfit from 2008.
Hat's off to these three who completed the run in 2006.
Let's face it. Everyone who completes the run is a superhero, including these two from 2010.
Look at these colourful runners from 2004. Recognise them?
This runner got a buzz out of finishing the 2009 Great North Run.
Does this 2006 scene strike a chord?
We're ap-peel-ing for your memories of the Great North Run down the years. Here's a scene from 2010.
What a costume from 2010!
Don't you just love this character!
Having bucket loads of fun nine years ago.
They didn't need any egging on to do well in 2003.
A big round of applause to everyone who tackles the run. Have you done it in fancy dress before? Share your memories by emailing [email protected]