The Great North Run Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to ensure these special individuals and groups would be recognised for helping turn the event into the most popular national sporting fixture, with over 750,000 people having crossed the finish line in South Shields and millions more around the globe having watched their endeavours on television.
The Great North Run Hall Of Fame Roll of Honour...
One of the greatest athletes of his generation. During his illustrious career, Tergat captured five successive world cross-country titles, and also set world records for the half and full marathon distances. On the track, the Kenyan has won two Olympic Games 10,000m silver medals and two World Championship silver medals. In 1997 he posted a world record for the 25 lap race in Brussels. Tergat has made three appearances at the Bupa Great North Run, and won the event in 2001 in a time of 1:00:30.
Regular host of the Great North Run Hall of Fame, the former world-class tennis star and BBC television presenter was inaugurated for the outstanding services she has provided to the event for over a decade.
For Great North Run Culture 2012 the Turner Prize-winning artist filmed the race from the perspective of an elite athlete. In a single slow steady shot, the camera silently followed the route ahead of the front runners, giving a view of the course only a handful of elite athletes usually see.
Camera Running beautifully captured and connected the different elements which make the Great North Run so popular, a celebration of runners’ achievements and of regional pride, a tribute to the heritage and history of the race and thousands of spectators who line the course.
Chris Chittell and his colleagues, including Tony Audenshaw, Nicola Wheeler, Lesley Dunlop, Tom Lister and Jeff Hordley all had their valuable contribution recognised for the hundreds of miles they have run to support various worthwhile organisations.
Member of athletics club New Marske Harriers. Graham has recruited and organised volunteers at a crucial point along the course for 20 years. He has provided this invaluable resource efficiently and reliably, with his station often including the familiar and inspirational face of Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, a member of the club.
One of the greatest runners of the 1980’s. A glittering career included 5 world records on the track, 2 on the road, Ingrid was World Cross Country champion and won the World 10,000 metre title in Rome in 1987.
Winner of the 1991 Great North Run, Ingrid also enjoyed considerable Marathon success, winning in Boston, Chicago & New York as well as four London Marathon victories.
Each year the Great North Run relies on an army of willing volunteers. One of the most popular sights along the course are the volunteers who between them hand out over quarter of a million bottles of Aqua Pura water and Powerade. One of those volunteers is Carole Heppel.
Carole has worked on the Great North Run for 27 years. She’s only ever missed one because of the annual summer scouts camp. That doesn’t happen these days because they now arrange the summer camp around the date of the run. So Carole will always be there with her team of thirst quenchers.
Catterick Garrison has been involved with the Great North Run since the beginning. Their presence is always reassuring and when the runners see them they know they’re about to cross the finish line.
Since the early 1990's soldiers from Catterick have provided an important military presence at the finish at South Shields. Each year sees well over 100,000 friends, relations and spectators at the Leas. A good example of the army’s role was in 2007 when Gurka soldiers from Catterick provided additional help with security in the wake of threats following the 7/7 London bombings.
Sir Christopher Chataway
1954 Commonwealth 5000m champion in Vancouver. A silver medallist in the 5000m at the 1954 European Championships and just a couple of months later he set a new world record for the distance.
Sir Christopher has enjoyed success as a politician & businessman, while throughout his life he has worked tirelessly towards charitable causes, including running the Great North Run five times. ‘Vicky’s Water Project’ – an Ethiopian initiative set up in memory of his son’s late fiancée was his recent mission.
A footballing legend who competed in the first Great North Run in 1981, when he was England football captain.
About six miles Kevin ran into the event Kevin had problems with his trainers. Eleven year old Eddie Hope and his brother had been waiting on the roadside to see their idol and he ended up swap his running shoes with his hero as the ones he was wearing gave him blisters. Despite the trainers Kevin finished in an impressive 1 hour 26 minutes and the Charlie Bear appeal was £250 richer thanks to his efforts.
Two years later, now a revered Newcastle United player, Kevin volunteered to push 12 year old, Peter May in his wheel chair – this time to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy charity.
Liz competed in the 1992 IAAF World Championships “Great North Run”, which she won in a time of 1:08:53. She then returned in 1995 and 1996 when she took the titles again. In 1997 Liz was outrun by Lucia Subano and Marian Sutton and had to settle for 3rd place with a very respectable time of 1:10:08. Liz McColgan has been a great supporter of the Great North Run for many years now.
Nominated for volunteer services to the Great North Run. Jeanne has been in charge of the water distribution at the finish since the first Great North Run. A leading, well known figure within girls uniformed organisations in South Shields she has consistently provided up to 60 individuals to undertake one of the most pressurised jobs in the run. Jeanne's group, like her, are always efficient, cheerful and very helpful and even under immense pressure always cope.
2002 was the year the world famous iconic image of the Great North Run changed. Acknowledged as one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows are a symbol of excellence and the public face of the Royal Air Force making the Great North Run take off big style.
The late Ross Taylor was nominated for outstanding contribution to charity fundraising at the Great North Run. Ross was best known for his pioneering work in the field of Kidney Transplant Surgery at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle at the time of the first Great North Run. Wanting to raise money for his research into transplant rejection, he took part in the Great North Run for many years using it as a fundraising vehicle and was very proud of his finishers medal collection. Ross was a very dear friend to the Great North Run team.
The late Benson Masya, who died at the age of 33 in 2003 after suffering ill health for a lengthy period, was acknowledged as one of the world’s great ever road runners over distances from 10,000 metres to the full marathon. However, he will be best remembered for his outstanding performances in the Great North Run where between 1991 and 1996 he won the title on four occasions and also once finished runner-up.
Winner of the 2000 Olympic 5000m silver medal was recognised for the massive contribution she has made not only to the Great North Run with her two victories but other venues in the global Great Run series.
Now retired, Terry, annually closed the roads of the 13.1 mile Great North Run route including the passage over the famous Tyne Bridge ensuring the race kept to its schedule.
Club runner, Ray Scott has organised the chaperones for the stars of stage and screen who each year represent their favourite charities.
Grete, who died in April 2011, is a true pioneer of women's distance running. The 4th Great North Run in 1984 saw the Norwegian legend cut six minutes off the previous best time. On her second visit to Tyneside in 1988 she set a UK all comers' record for the half marathon distance in the Great North Run slashing 56 seconds off Australian, Lisa Martin's course record.
Richard Sainsbury and Dr. Chris Vallis
The welfare of runners has always been at the centre of the Great North Run's organising team. Richard Sainsbury and Dr Chris Vallis have been on hand throughout the years to provide the highest level of medical expertise and professionalism to the thousands of runners that have taken part in the Great North Run.
John Bird and Mike Neville
John Bird - Look North's Editor in 1981 - and iconic front man Mike Neville helped create one of the best success stories ever - the Great North Run. The BBC Newcastle office offered to process all the entry forms but they can never have anticipated the deluge that began to arrive. But John, Mike and the team were true to their word and recruited their own army of helpers to deal with the sackfuls of mail. So Mike Neville was the logical choice to be the official starter of that first race.
Great North Run volunteer Kath Scott has been at the finishing line since year one. She's probably seen every runner through the finish system! Her leadership abilities, calmness, sense of poise, thoroughness and commitment are an example to us all.
Jane Tomlinson, the courageous and inspirational women whose head on fight against cancer captured the hearts and minds of the nation, took part in The Great North Run three times and raised over £1.6 million for charity. Sadly she lost her battle with cancer in September 2007 but Jane's legacy lives on with her family's continuing work for her charity.
10,000m Olympic silver medallist, who won the inaugural Great North Run and again in 1982 with runner up medals from 1985 and 1989.
Volunteer Recruitment and Drinks Station Leader, having worked on every Great North Run.
Dave was Head of Major Events for BBC Sport and had covered the Great North Run for over ten years capturing the emotions, atmosphere and the memories of the world’s largest half-marathon.
Executive Producer for BBC Sport who has worked on every live BBC coverage of the Great North Run, knowing where the best shots and interviews should take place and ensuring the elite athletes are given plenty of exposure.
Olympic Gold medallist, European and World Champion and winner of the Great North Run twice. One year donated her prize money to a local school.
Editor of The Journal newspaper in 1981. His enthusiasm and support ensured the staging of the first Great North Run was a huge success and was instrumental in ensuring its continued growth in the early years. He also published the first ever front page devoted to the world famous shot of the thousands of runners crossing the Tyne Bridge.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Sixteen times Olympic medallist and the most successful disabled athlete in the UK. With a total of eight victories, Tanni is the most successful athlete ever at the Great North Run.
Ken persuades famous faces from Leukaemia Research’s Banana Army to attend the Great North Run every year. All these yellow clad celebrities add to the excitement of the day and raise the profile of the race amongst spectators and TV viewers. His fundraising efforts have improved the research and treatment of leukaemia enormously, raising over £6 million for the charity.