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50,000 take part in Great North Run
More than 50,000 people set off in wet and windy conditions to take part in this year's Great North Run.
Among the famous faces taking part in the race were Mo Farah, former footballer Robbie Savage and singer Mel C.
The famous race, first started in 1981, got under way as Graeme Swann and Christine Ohuruogu fired the starting pistols.
Other celebrities taking part included Jo Whiley, Sophie Raworth and Iwan Thomas.
With hundreds of charities being represented by the runners, millions of pounds is expected to be raised.
Farah had no complaints about finishing second to long-distance great Kenenisa Bekele after being pipped to the post.
The pre-race build-up had focused on the contest between the British double world and double Olympic champion and Ethiopians Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie. And the race did not disappoint as the trio remained glued together for most of the 13.1-mile course across Newcastle and South Shields.
In the end it was Bekele who led the three runners home in a time of one hour and nine seconds, holding off a late charge from Farah over the last 100 metres. And the Briton, who finished one second adrift, felt there was no shame in losing out to such an illustrious rival.
Farah told the BBC: "It was a good race, a great finish. When Kenenisa went with a mile to go I thought the pace was just ridiculous. I thought I'd come back and close the gap slowly and I managed to close a little bit, but you can't take away what he has.
"He has great speed and it came down to the last 200 metres and right to the line, but it was a great race and Haile did most of the work and kept pushing and pushing."