2011 - A new venue for the Bupa Great North 10k
Some 5,000 participants took to the streets of Gateshead as the Bupa Great North 10k moved to a brand new home.
The event again proved hugely popular and was a sell-out in terms of participant numbers.
The first elites home were British internationals Scott Overall and Louise Damen. Overall, a former national 5,000m champion, made light of the wet and windy conditions to win in 29min 48sec.
Behind him Mark Miles and Ian Hudspith fought a much closer battle, before the former got ahead approaching the finish inside Gatehead International Stadium, to take second place by four seconds in 30:09.
Damen, still recovering full fitness after injury, crossed the line in 33:53. Behind the reigning English National Cross Country champion, local women Kate Avery and Angela Hibbs clocked 34:54 and 37:56.
The event also proved a big hit with the regular runners. Along with passing all the great sights of the Gateshead Quayside - such as BALTIC, Sage and the Tyne and Millennium bridges - one of the highlights of the event was the finish inside the iconic Gateshead Stadium - one of the UK's premier athletics venues.
It meant friends and family were able to cheer on their loved ones from the comfort of the grandstand.
2010 - Record breaking 5000 runners take to the streets of Sunderland
The 2010 Bupa Great North 10k – Sunderland saw a record number of runners taking part on Sunday 18 July with over 5000 runners including the Bupa Junior Great Sunderland Run making it the biggest running event in the North East apart from the Bupa Great North Run.
In a domestic elite women’s field Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist Liz Yelling was beaten into second place by Sue Partridge.
Yelling in only her third competition since the birth of daughter Ruby last summer, was no match for her Scottish rival who used the meeting as a preparation for the European Championships marathon in Barcelona at the end of the month.
Partridge in the mixed race, was a runway winner by 42 seconds ahead of Yelling in 33 minutes 46 seconds with Kate Goodhead third in 35min 18sec.
The men's event was won by Kenya's Edwin Kipkorir who in a thriller defeated Austria's Guenther Weidlinger by a second with reigning Boston Marathon champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot third.
UK-based Kipkorir winner of last weekend's English National 5km title and Weidlinger also preparing for the European Marathon, broke clear of Cheruiytot after eight kilometres.
Weidlinger a former Bupa Great Manchester Run title holder began winding up the pace with 500m remaining but lost out in a neck-and-neck sprint as Kipkorir won in 28min 44sec.
2009 - New event off to a flier
The first Bupa Great North 10k – Sunderland took place on July 12, 2009 and attracted over 4,500 runners along with a host of world-class stars.
South African half-marathon champion Stephen Mokoka successfully stepped down in distance to outpace his rivals at the Bupa Great North 10km road race.
Mokoka, just a week after defending his national title, showed no signs of fatigue from that hard fought victory when becoming the inaugural winner of the Wearside event in a time of 29min 20sec. The emerging world talent, defying the windy conditions, was always in control before outsprinting fellow Africans Tsegai Tewelde and Tsegezeab Woldmichael, the surprise podium finishers behind him.
Tewelde, although offering a gallant challenge, finished four seconds behind Mokoka whilst Woldmichael fell out of contention, clocking a time of 29:33. The pair of Eritrean-born athletes, who settled in Scotland after the 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, surprised their more experienced opponents, particularly Stefano Baldini, the 2004 Olympic marathon champion.
Olympian Kate Reed was excited by her performance in her first outing since the previous summer's Beijing Games where she competed in the 10000m carrying an Achilles injury which required post-event surgery. Reed didn't hesitate on her comeback, dashing to the front and staying there to win in an impressive time of 33:22. Scot Hayley Haining ran on her own behind Reed, finishing in 34:12, with Ireland's Rosemary Ryan took third place some 18 seconds further back.
ROLL OF HONOURMEN
2011 Scott Overall (GB) 29:48
2010 Edwin Kipkorir (Kenya) 28:44
2009 Stephen Mokoka (SA) 29:20
2011 Louise Damen (GB) 33:53
2010 Susan Partridge (GB) 33:46
2009 Kate Reed (GB) 33:22