We had a few exciting moments at last year's Great North Run as we were waiting, with baited breath, to meet our millionth finisher...

As I stood nervously next to the finish line with colleagues at the 2014 Great North Run waiting for all our plans to spring into action to identify the millionth finisher, we could not help but wonder what this person would be like?

The planning process had been comprehensive and had identified all sorts of potential pitfalls. How many people would be crossing the line at the time of the magic number being reached, what if they did not want to appear on TV, would they be running with someone else's run number, could they have even jumped on to course with a mile to go and not crossed the start line?

As it happened we need not have worried. Shepherding around 15 people together who crossed the line virtually together, our checking process identified a woman called Tracey Cramond. Thankfully, as I called out her name, she was one of the tired and slightly confused people huddled next to the BBC TV gantry.

A quick word of congratulations was drowned out by spontaneous applause, before Tracey took the five steps up the platform to fame.

Those who saw the TV interview with Great North Run founder Brendan Foster, Lord Sebastian Coe and Jonathan Edwards could not have failed to have been impressed with Tracey as she expressed her surprise and delight. We found out that our millionth finisher was from Darlington, running in memory of her Mum Lynn for the Butterwick Hospice and had kept going thanks to the unprecedented crowds that had lined the route to South Shields.

Now I am here on the other side of the world in New Zealand ( yes, I know, lucky me) with Tracey and her Dad Roy as she prepares to jog the Round the Bays event in Auckland; the city to coast run that inspired Brendan back in 1980 to try and organise a run in North East England.

It has been quite a journey for Tracey so far and what has transpired since last September is that it feels like it was 'meant to be.'

We have found out that Tracey stopped to help a runner in difficulty just a few yards from the finish.  Without that moment of kindness of course she would not be in Auckland today, where, incredibly, her brother and sister in law, nephews and nieces happen to live.

The Auckland harbour bridge is an impressive sight and was manufactured by Dorland and Co, who  were based in Tracey's home town of Darlington. They also constructed the Tyne Bridge.

The cricket World Cup is in full swing at the moment in Australia and New Zealand, although the England team seem to be boycotting the party. There is only one match in Auckland in the few days whilst we are here, as South Africa take on Pakistan. Tracey and Roy lived in South Africa for 30 years.

Roy also spent many years living in Hebburn, on the Great North Run route, where Brendan Foster was born. 

A delightful lady and a perfect ambassador for the million Great North Run finishers to date, I am sure you will join us in wishing her all the best in Round the Bays on Sunday, where she has just been announced as honorary race starter.

By the way, Tracey just  happens to be one day younger than me!