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.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 11:10 am
So many great memories but what are yours of the Great North Run?
So many great memories but what are yours of the Great North Run?

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.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The very first run. Were you there in 1981?

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

Back to the 2007 run. Were you pictured working hard on a hot day?
Pictured at the end of the 2004 run. Can you spot someone you know?
Great North Run 2016 finishers. Are you among them?
The Red Arrows have long been a welcome part of the Great North Run tradition.
Looks like this runner had great fun in 2008.
What a great effort. Does this bring back wonderful memories?
The behind-the-scenes teams make sure the GNR is always a success, such as these people in 2004.
Winding down at the charity tents in 2008.
Making the preparations 15 years ago.
Great North Run 2017 winner Mo Farah.
What are your best memories of the Great North Run? Tell us more by emailing [email protected]