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Michael Johnson's Great North Run

Michael Johnson's Great North Run
Saturday 18 September; BBC ONE 1430-1500
BBC North East and Cumbria, supported by BBC Sport


Michael Johnson and Brendan Foster discuss the 30th Great North Run

The Great North Run has grown to become the biggest half marathon in the world and an event that captures hearts and minds.

As final preparations are made in Newcastle to stage the 30th running of the race, Olympic and World Champion athlete Michael Johnson travels to the North East to find out why we have such a love affair with the event.

Olympic and World champion runner Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson's Great North Run

Michael feels the buzz as veterans, fun runners and fundraisers talk of the pain and pleasure of taking part.

One of the greatest long distance runners of all time, Haile Gebrselassie, tells him of his pride at taking part this year for the first time; and Michael shares the intimate and sometimes heart-rending stories of those who have benefited from the millions the run raises for charity.

If this documentary whets your appetite, you can watch live coverage of the Great North Run itself on BBC One on Sunday 19 September from 0930 BST.

Highlights of the race will be shown that night on BBC Two at 2310 BST.

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see also
Great North Run 2010 on BBC Tyne
17 May 10 |  Things to do
Johnson & Foster on the Great North Run
16 Sep 10 |  Athletics
In pictures: GNR 2009 - Finish line
20 Sep 09 |  Things to do
BBC Archive: Great North Run 2009
09 Sep 10 |  Front Page


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