The Bupa Great North Run 2012 in Pictures

Around 40,000 runners took part in the 32nd Great North Run on Sunday Sept 16, 2012.

The Red Arrows stage the traditional fly past over runners crossing the Tyne Bridge.

Despite the rain, the fun, supportive atmosphere ensured runners stayed cheerful as they tackled the 13.1-mile race. 

North east comedian Patrick Monahan told a joke at each mile to keep runners cheerful from start to finish.

The start of a mobot move?

Cheerleaders in the Bupa Boost Zone, designed to give runners a final push towards the finish in South Shields.

Happy runners at the world's happiest race. "The North East is renowned for its warmth and hospitality and that's what make the Bups Great North Run so special," says Bupa Running's Fiona Vigar. "Each and every year we see runners who can't quire believe the atmosphere on race day; it seemed only right to celebrate the world's happiest run."