Stars and students take on the Great North Run despite wet weather

By Anna Mauremootoo

Coronation Street stars were among the 54,000 runners participating in the Great North Run yesterday.

Nicky Bins, better known as Molly Dobbs, Craig Gazey, who plays Graeme Proctor, and Graeme Hawley, known as John Stape, ran as part of the T.V Times “Banana Army” in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The half marathon, now in its 30th year, was started by comic duo Ant and Dec who said they were very excited to be at the event.

David Hart, communications director of the Bupa Great North Run, said: “It was a momentous day with a record number of people taking part. The Great North Run us clearly here to stay.”

Despite the wet weather, the runners’ spirits remained high throughout the 13.1 mile race which began in Gateshead.

And locals were in full support of the runners, many of them braving the rain to offer snacks and words of encouragement.

Manchester University student Natasha Moulden, who ran for Cancer Research, said “This is my first half marathon and completing it is a massive achievement, I’m really proud of myself and the girls that ran with me.

“Everyone is running for a really deserving causes and the crowd is so supportive.

“It’s an amazing experience and I’ll definitely be doing it again.”

The race was won by Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie with the impressive time of 59:33.

Fellow Ethiopian Berhane Adere completed the race in 1:08:49, winning the elite women’s event.

The Red Arrows provided the entertainment with displays over the Tyne Bridge and the finishing line at South Shields.

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