North Run - History
first ever Great North Run was staged on the 28th June, 1981.
then only 12,000 runners participated - that's 35,000 runners short of the
number of entrants this year!
event was devised by former Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist and BBC Sport
commentator Brendan Foster.
was inspired after running in the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in
the first year it was advertised as a local fun run - twenty years on it
has become one of the biggest running events in the world.