Great North Run: Do you remember the first time?

Thousands of people will flock to the North East this weekend for the 35th Great North Run.

The 13.1-mile half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the biggest running events in the world.

The first Great North Run in 1981.

The first Great North Run in 1981.

The first was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated in what was advertised as a local fun run.

By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000, and it has long been regarded as a key event in the international calendar among elite athletes.

As the countdown to this year’s event continues, we’ve been delving into the archives for pictures of the very first run. Do they jog any memories?