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Bupa Great North Run

The mass-participation Bupa Great North Run, held each September between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in the northeast of England, is the second largest half-marathon in the world. This year's race, which was held Sunday, Sept. 15, was the 33rd annual Great North Run and there were 56,000 total participants (there are several other shorter races on the program), with 41,000 of them finishing the half-marathon in windy and sometimes wet conditions. Next year the event is expected to have its one-millionth finisher, which would make it the first International Athletics Federation (IAAF) event to reach such a milestone. The race was originated in 1981 by former Olympic 10,000-meter bronze medalist and BBC sports commentator Brendan Foster, who's from Gateshead in that area of the country.   

2013 Race Winners

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 1:00:09 Kenenisa Bekele 31 Ethiopia
2nd Male Finisher 1:00:10 Mo Farah 30 Great Britain
3rd Male Finisher 1:00:41 Haile Gebrselassie 40 Ethiopia
4th Male Finisher 1:02:44 Arata Fujiwara 32 Japan
5th Male Finisher 1:02:48 Tomohiro Tanigawa 24 Japan
6th Male Finisher 1:02:58 Ryuji Watanabe 34 Japan
7th Male Finisher 1:04:06 Mark Kenneally 32 Ireland
8th Male Finisher 1:04:08 Yuki Kawauchi 26 Japan
9th Male Finisher 1:04:14 Yared Hagos 32 Ethiopia
10th Male Finisher 1:04:28 Collis Birmingham 28 Australia
Overall Female Winner 1:05:45 Priscah Jeptoo 29 Kenya
2nd Female Finisher 1:06:09 Meseret Defar 29 Ethiopia
3rd Female Finisher 1:06:56 Tirunesh Dibaba 28 Ethiopia
4th Female Finisher 1:09:49 Christelle Daunay 38 France
5th Female Finisher 1:10:14 Jelena Prokopcuka 36 Latvia
6th Female Finisher 1:10:44 Misaki Kato 33 Japan
7th Female Finisher 1:13:00 Lisa Stublic 29 Croatia
8th Female Finisher 1:13:09 Ayako Hitomi 34 Japan
9th Female Finisher 1:13:51 Jessica Augusto 31 Portugal
10th Female Finisher 1:14:31 Jilly Woodthorpe 35 Great Britain

2013 Age-Group Winning Times

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 1:09:59 James Bulman Great Britain 43 90.28
1st Men 50-59 1:17:45 Gregory Penn France 50 86.11
1st Men 60-69 1:25:51 Ged Ruffle Great Britain 61 86.06
1st Men 70+ 1:33:59 Jim Dean Great Britain 70 85.92
1st Women 40-49 1:17:13 Pauline Munro Great Britain 44 90.68
1st Women 50-59 1:27:02 Deborah Steer Great Britain 50 85.68
1st Women 60-69 1:31:04 Jan Frank Great Britain 63 97.55
1st Women 70+ 2:01:43 Angela Duncan Great Britain 70 81.36

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At A Glance
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LocationNewcastle upon Thyne, U.K.
Race DistanceHalf Marathon
Race Date 2014September 7, 2014
  Race Date 2013  September 15, 2013
  Race Date 2012  September 16, 2012
  Race Date 2011  September 18, 2011
Years Running33
2013 Total Finishers55,000
Age Group Awards5 Year
Race ResultsLink to Results
Advance RegistrationOnline Registration

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Recommended by: Bob Anderson
A great event!

Best Road Races Comments
Profile: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 9/17, 2013 3:27 pm
runiWhat a close race between two giants of our sport. While 40-year-old Haile Gebrselassie runs 1:00:41 setting

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