40 inspiring Great North Run picture as famous half marathon prepares for milestone race

This September will mark the 40th year of the world’s most famous half marathon; the Great North Run.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 6:00 am
Great North Run memories.

Tens of thousands of runners will follow the route between Newcastle and South Shields in September, cheered on by countless supporters. There really is nothing like it. So as the general entry ballot opens for the 40th race on Monday, January 6, we have taken a look through our archive for 40 of our favourite pictures to celebrate everything great about the landmark event. See if you can spot anyone you know in our snaps.

What better way to treat yourself after a half marathon?
The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust team cross the line in 2018.

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Runner Stewart Temple celebrates crossing the finish line.
Time to take a selfie.
The Red Arrows put on a show at the Great North Run.
A runner takes a quiet moment after crossing the finish line.
The Cancer Connection charity team with Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall and Paralympian Josef Craig.
Len Christopher putting his bottle of water to good use.
All smiles at the end of the race.
Celebrating success at 2017's race.
What a result!
Supporters cheer on the runners.
The man, the legend, at the 2017 race.
Sir Mo Farah says hello to the public at the Great North Run.
A big smile from Sir Mo Farah.
Entertainment as the runners reach the finish line.
Extra applause for those who make it to the finish line in costume.
Cooling down and stretching out after a gruelling race.
Big smiles from these successful runners!
That feeling when you cross the line ...
Jack Errington ran for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
Ryan Little prepares to race for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
Colin Burgin-Plews sporting his new dress, depicting flags of every country represented in the Great North Run.
South Shields Harriers running club, preparing for 2016's Great North Run.
Approaching the finish in 2016.
Mo Farah celebrates his win in 2016.
Doing the Mobot!
Ruth Anderson took on her 16th Great North Run at the age of 80.
Support and applause around the race route.
Blind runner Louise Thompson took on the Great North Run in aid of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association with husband Paul Thompson in 2016.
The weather fails to put people off in 2013.
Epinay school staff running the 2013 Great North Run to raise funds for Big B capital fundraising campaign. Big B, centre, with Jim 'Jarra Jim' Purcell and Ann Walsh of Cancer Research, plus staff.
Jarra Jim ahead of 2013 Great North Run at the age of 92 and his 27th run.
The run takes its toll on one competitor ...
Reaching the finish line in 2014.
A fantastic effort for the RAF.
Capturing that special moment on camera.
Looking camera ready despite the run.
Colin Plews in his pink dress to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer.
A well-deserved stress.