Tens of thousands take to the streets of the north east for the annual Great North Run

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Almost 60,000 people descended on the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne for the Great North Run – where Mo Farah won the men’s elite race when he crossed the line after just 59 minutes and seven seconds.

Each year 57,000 runners race through Newcastle’s city centre towards South Shields as they enjoy music from bands dotted along the route, the cheers of spectators and, at one point, dazzling views of the sea.

And this year was no different as runners basked in temperatures of up to 60F (16C) and sunny skies along the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle upon Tyne and through Gateshead before finishing in South Shields.

Mo Farah won the annual half marathon for the sixth time and Brigid Kosgei beat the women’s course record and the world half marathon record when she finished with a time of one hour, four minutes and 28 seconds.

She finished more than three minutes before her fellow Kenyan runner Magdalyne Masai who crossed the line after one hour, seven minutes and 36 seconds.

And Farah was joined by his wife Tania who finished with a time of one hour, 42 seconds and 37 seconds, just under 40 minutes behind the winner of the women’s race.

One participant spread cheer to other runners by wearing a giant sunflower accessory around his face – while crowds held encouraging signs as they supported family and friends from the roadside.  

Some 57,000 runners paid £53 each to register to participate in the annual Great North Run which weaves from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields. Clutching bottles of water they enjoyed slightly cooler temperatures earlier today

Some 57,000 runners paid £53 each to register to participate in the annual Great North Run which weaves from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields. Clutching bottles of water they enjoyed slightly cooler temperatures earlier today

As runners crossed the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle city centre they blow kisses and hold their hands up in peace signs to cameras capturing the event

As runners crossed the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle city centre they blow kisses and hold their hands up in peace signs to cameras capturing the event

One participant spread cheer to other runners by wearing a giant sunflower accessory around his face

A young boy holds up Mo Farah's children's book to encourage him along the route

One participant spread cheer to other runners by wearing a giant sunflower accessory around his face (left) – while a young boy holds up Mo Farah’s children’s book to encourage him along the route (right)

Alyson Dixon celebrates after she finished this year's run dressed as Wonder Woman - fit with a red cape tied around her neck

Alyson Dixon celebrates after she finished this year’s run dressed as Wonder Woman – fit with a red cape tied around her neck

Sir Mo Farah made it across the line first after 59 minutes and seven seconds - his sixth win at the Great North Run

Sir Mo Farah made it across the line first after 59 minutes and seven seconds – his sixth win at the Great North Run

Brigid Kosgei beat the women's course record and the world half marathon record when she crossed the line after one hour, four minutes and 28 seconds

Brigid Kosgei beat the women’s course record and the world half marathon record when she crossed the line after one hour, four minutes and 28 seconds

Participants were thrilled as they crossed the Tyne Bridge during the Simplyhealth Great North Run. Crowds encouraged their friends and family from the side of the road as they made their way along the 13.1-mile course

Participants were thrilled as they crossed the Tyne Bridge during the Simplyhealth Great North Run. Crowds encouraged their friends and family from the side of the road as they made their way along the 13.1-mile course

A large digital sign says: 'Good luck! Be your greatest' as brightly dressed runners make their way towards South Shields

A large digital sign says: ‘Good luck! Be your greatest’ as brightly dressed runners make their way towards South Shields

Mo Farah leads the pack during the 39th staging of the Simplyhealth Great North Run. His wife, Lady Farah, came 3,293rd in the women's Great North Run

Mo Farah leads the pack during the 39th staging of the Simplyhealth Great North Run. His wife, Lady Farah, came 3,293rd in the women’s Great North Run

Crowds packed tightly behind the start line before the nod for general ballot runners to begin came at 10.40am

Crowds packed tightly behind the start line before the nod for general ballot runners to begin came at 10.40am

A woman with red hair tied back in to two buns grins and thumbs up the camera as she makes her way along the route

A woman with red hair tied back in to two buns grins and thumbs up the camera as she makes her way along the route

David Weir won the Men's Elite Wheelchair race when he crossed the line after 43 minutes - his eighth wheelchair title

David Weir won the Men’s Elite Wheelchair race when he crossed the line after 43 minutes – his eighth wheelchair title

Elite Women's race winner Brigid Kosgei (centre) poses with Magdalyne Masai and Linet Masai after they finished the race

Elite Women’s race winner Brigid Kosgei (centre) poses with Magdalyne Masai and Linet Masai after they finished the race

The winners medals for the Great North Run. The first run took place on 28th June, 1981 and was organised by Olympic runner Brendan Foster

The winners medals for the Great North Run. The first run took place on 28th June, 1981 and was organised by Olympic runner Brendan Foster

Alyson Dixon ran for St Benedict's Hospice in Ryhope, Sunderland. She told the Shields Gazette: 'It was fantastic, I loved every second. Literally every inch of the course, there was a "Go on Aly", "Go on Wonder Woman"'

Alyson Dixon ran for St Benedict’s Hospice in Ryhope, Sunderland. She told the Shields Gazette: ‘It was fantastic, I loved every second. Literally every inch of the course, there was a “Go on Aly”, “Go on Wonder Woman”‘

Sir Mo Farah and his wife Tania Farah celebrate after completing the 2019 Simplyhealth Great North Run in Newcastle

Sir Mo Farah and his wife Tania Farah celebrate after completing the 2019 Simplyhealth Great North Run in Newcastle

Sir Mo Farah (centre) celebrates winning alongside second place Tamarit Tola (left) and third placed Abdi Nageeye

Sir Mo Farah (centre) celebrates winning alongside second place Tamarit Tola (left) and third placed Abdi Nageeye

Just a mile from the finish runners were cheered on by the sight of the sea as they entered South Shields with bright blue skies above them

Just a mile from the finish runners were cheered on by the sight of the sea as they entered South Shields with bright blue skies above them

At the finish line Sir Mo Farah pulled faces for photographers after winning his sixth Great North Run

At the finish line Sir Mo Farah pulled faces for photographers after winning his sixth Great North Run

Spectators lined up along the motorway overpass as the runners began the race on Newcastle's A167 this morning

Spectators lined up along the motorway overpass as the runners began the race on Newcastle’s A167 this morning

TV presenter Steve Ryder

Cricket World cup winner Mark Wood at the start of the 39th of the Simplyhealth Great North Run today

TV presenter Steve Ryder at the start of the run (left). Cricket World Cup winner Mark Wood posed with his team’s trophy at the start line this morning (right)

Jade Jones-Hall won the Women's Elite Wheelchair race with a time of 43 minutes 54 seconds

Jade Jones-Hall won the Women’s Elite Wheelchair race with a time of 43 minutes 54 seconds

Nell McAndrew at the start line

Zoe Birkett at the start line

English glamour model Nell McAndrew (left) and singer Zoe Birkett (right) were just two of the famous faces to run today

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Tens of thousands take to the streets of the north east for the annual Great North Run