The Great North Run in stats

Good luck to anyone running the great north run on Sunday. This is an amazing event, so I wanted to put together a few stats below:

  • The first GNR was in 1981 and 12,000 runners took part.
  • This weekend there will be over 50,000 runners taking on the 21.1km. This makes it the second largest half marathon anywhere in the world and bigger than the London marathon!
  • The fastest time in the GNR was acheived last year by Martin Mathathi (KEN) who completed the race in 58:56. Paula Radcliffe (GB) holds the record for the women with her time of 1:05:40
  • Almost 250kg of metal is used to make the finishers medals.
  • If you’re running, make sure you smile; the TV feed goes out all over the world with over 60 countries showing the race.
  • You’re never too old: Over 1,000 of the runners this year will be over 76.
  • The first two years were won by Mike McLeod – an Englishman. Only one Englishman has won it since, we have done better in the female race and in the wheelchair races though.
  • Bupa will sponsor the race for the 19th year this year. This is one of the longest British sports sponsorship deals in history.
  • Bobby Robson, Tony Blair, Ant & Dec, Sting and Mo Farah have fired the starting gun for the GNR.
  • The run was originally devised by Brendan Foster – Brendan was an Olympic gold medalist and a BBC sports commentator.

Now you know everything you need to know about the GNR – why not sign up for it next year? Click here to receive an email when applications are open.




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