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THE world’s biggest half-marathon grew fur­ther at this year’s edi­tion as a record-break­ing 43,127 par­tic­i­pants crossed the fin­ish line.

The Great World Run ini­tia­tive also re­turned for 2017, with run­ners born in more than 140 coun­tries rep­re­sented on the start line. Ev­ery sin­gle post­code area in the United King­dom was also rep­re­sented.

The day be­fore had seen 6500 young­sters take on the Sim­ply­health Ju­nior and Mini Great North Run events. See p52 for ju­nior re­sults.

Katharine Merry: the Olympic 400m medal­list stepped up in dis­tance as a pacer

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