Gallery: Bupa Great North Run

The 54,000-strong crowd of runners at the start of their half-marathon adventure.

The Red Arrows flew over the Tyne Bridge, with this year's display marking a tribute to Flt Lt Jon Egging.

Mo Farah, the 5,000m World Champion waved runners over the start line.

Kenyan runner Lucy Karbuu led the women's elite race from the start...

She stormed home to victory in 1:07:06, to run the third fastest GNR ever.

The elite men's race was also dominated by Kenyan runners...

Winner Martin Mathathi smashed the course record in 58:56. The Kenyans had a clean sweep of the podium; Jonathan Maiyo took second and London Marathon winner Emmanuel Mutai finished in third place.

The wheelchair races got off to a fast and furious start.

It was hard to beat the enthusiasm of the runners or the fantastic crowd support at Britain's biggest half-marathon.

Costumed runners put their best foot forward for charitable causes.

Model Nell McAdrew took on her fourth Great North Run, this time dressed as Catwoman.

South Shields' own Joe McElderry was ecstatic after finishing.

Dr Emma Egging, the widow of Red Arrow pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, ran the race in memory of her husband.

Mo Farah posed with his Bupa mural, made up of tweets by runners and their families and friends.