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Last Updated: Sunday October 05 2008 13:12 GMT

In pictures: The Great North Run

The Great North Run

More than 50,000 people have been pounding the streets in north east England, as they run 13 miles in the Great North Run.

The Great North Run

The Red Arrows helped get everything started, flying over the start and leaving smoke in a very bright sky over Newcastle.

The Great North Run

Most runners who take part do so to raise money for charity. They'll raise a huge amount of money for charity.

The Great North Run

And who's this going well - Alan Shearer? Is the Newcastle United legend taking part this year?

The Great North Run

And as for these guys, well they better moo-ve it if they want to reach the finish!