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.
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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