Great North Run: Tragedy strikes as runner dies during race

Dated: 13/09/2015'The 35th staging of the Morrisons Great North Run took place today (13 September). 57,000 people registered to take part in Britain's biggest running event, a 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields.'' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Dated: 13/09/2015'The 35th staging of the Morrisons Great North Run took place today (13 September). 57,000 people registered to take part in Britain's biggest running event, a 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields.'' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

Organisers of today’s Great North Run have confirmed that someone has died during the event.

A spokesman for the race said: “Very sad to advise that a participant died at the Great North Run today.

“The Great Race Company deeply regrets the loss of life of a participant at the Great North Run today and offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the individual.

“In the case of a fatality, there are procedures laid down that we adhere to with the professional organisation. Our priority is to ensure the next of kin are informed and we are not in a position to comment further today.”