ALMOST 56,000 people took to the streets for the 33rd Great North Run.
World and Olympic champion Mo Farah narrowly missed out on becoming the first UK runner in 25 years to win the elite men’s race after he was pipped by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.
Celebrities taking part included former Spice Girl Mel C, and Sunderland TV presenter George Clarke, who was running for homeless charity Shelter.
Thousands gathered at the start line and along the Newcastle to South Shields route to cheer on the runners who were helped on by the strong winds.
British Paralympic stars won both the wheelchair races, with David Weir the first man across the line in South Shields, and Shelly Woods winning the women’s event.
On Saturday it was the turn of the youngsters with the junior and mini runs along the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside. The Junior Great North Run was 4km for ages nine to 16, and the Mini GNR is 1.5km for ages three to eight years.
Five-year-old Emily Powell, from Farringdon, Sunderland, won the mini run with a time of five minutes 36 seconds.
Dad Andy said the youngster was desperate to join Sunderland Harriers when she is old enough.