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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 September, 2003, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Clockwatch: Great North Run
All the action as it happened from the world's biggest half marathon.

Paula Radcliffe sets a new world best for the distance as she destroys the opposition with a sensational run.

Her unofficial time of one hour, five minutes and 40 seconds is over a minute inside the previous record.

Hendrick Ramaala takes the men's race in a sprint finish from Jackson Koech.


1141: Sergey Lebid finds the strength at the end to overtake last year's winner Paul Kosgei for third.

1140: Koech had looked the stronger, but Hendrick Ramaala finds the pace at the end to take the title for the second time in 60:01.

1138: With half a mile to go Ramaala and Koech are still neck and neck.

1129: As Ramaala and Koech go through the 10-mile mark, Kosgei drops further and further back - he will not repeat his victory of last year.

1122: Berhane Adere comes home in a new personal best in second place, with Susan Chepkemei third and last year's winner Sonia O'Sullivan fourth.

1120: Paula Radcliffe wins in an amazing new world best of 1:05.40.

1116: Radcliffe passes 12 miles way out in front - the only question now is whether she will set a world best for the distance. Adere breaks away from Chepkemei in second place but she is way behind Radcliffe.

1109: Last year's winner Paul Kosgei is dropping off in the men's race at the halfway mark as Jackson Koech sets the pace, with Hendrick Ramaala the only man able to stay with him.

1103: Gunilla Wallengren finishes in just outside 48 minutes to take the women's wheelchair race for the third year in a row.

1101: The last of the fun runners are finally making their way over the start line, while the main pack stream over the famous Tyne Bridge.

1055: David Weir crosses the line to win the men's wheelchair race. He takes the tape in an unofficial time of 45:41.

1049: Six runners form the leading group in the men's race after two miles - Jackson Koech heads the field, but last year's winner Paul Kosgei is also right up there.

1045: There is now a gap of around 100m between Radcliffe and the chasing duo, with Sonia O'Sullivan another 200m back with Tulu.

1040: A sea of colour stretches back as far as the eye can see as the elite men and all the rest of the 47,000 competitors start.

1035: Radcliffe goes through four miles in a scintillating time of 20:09 - it is too hot for Chepkemei and Adere and Radcliffe is now racing alone.

1030: After three miles the pace remains relentless, and Derartu Tulu is dropped.

1025: Radcliffe maintains her fierce pace through two miles, which proves too hot for Sonia O'Sullivan. The leading group is now down to four - Radcliffe, Chepkemei, Adere and Tulu.

1020: Radcliffe and the lead group go through the first mile in a speedy five minutes exactly - 25 seconds ahead of last year's time.

1015: The elite women get away on time, and immediately a group of seven runners, led by Radcliffe, break away.

1010: The wheelchair race gets proceedings under way, with Tanni Grey-Thompson one of 39 competitors starting in perfect conditions.




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