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McClaren to start Great North Run
Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren is the latest sports celebrity to start the race.
England boss and former Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren will fire the starter's pistol for the 2006 Great North Run.

He is the latest in a long line of celebrity starters from the world of sport to take on the role, including Sir Bobby Robson and Alan Shearer.

Around 50,000 people are expected to join the 26th annual run from Newcastle to South Shields on 1 October.

Former Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster founded the event.

Many celebrities will be taking part in the run, including Carol Vorderman who will be "Walking for Whiteley" in memory of Richard Whiteley.

Rail operator GNER will set on extra trains on the East Coast mainline for people travelling to the event.

Closures and parking restrictions will also affect many roads on Tyneside during the event.

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