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Diabetes UK runners take on the Great North Run 2008

Around 700 Diabetes UK runners helped make this year’s Great North Run the biggest half-marathon in the world.

Diabetes UK Chief Executive Douglas Smallwood also joined the 52,000 competitors who ran the race on Sunday (5 October 2008).

Cheered on by a lively crowd, the runners set off from Newcastle's Central Motorway and crossed the Tyne Bridge heading for South Shields, 13-and-a-half miles away.

Esteemed support

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair joined paralympic heroine Ellie Simmons, the winner of two swimming golds, triple Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy and double swimming gold medallist Rachel Adlington to cheer the competitors on their way.

"We are delighted that so many people participated in the Great North Run on behalf of Diabetes UK this year," said Jeff Breen, Diabetes UK Regional Fundraising Manager for Northern England and Yorkshire.

"It was an inspirational day and we are already looking forward to the next one!"

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