NewsJanuary 70

Great North Run 2014

09/09/2014

This year Phoenix Security and Phoenix Eye once again provided security for the Great North Run, which is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events in the North East of England.

Our team provided Door Supervisors and Event Stewards to manage security during this year's race event.

This year saw the main race being won by a British person for the first time in 29 years, Olympic medallist Mo Farah.

He held off strong competition from Kenya's Mike Kigen and set a new personal best of exactly one hour. This year was the second time Mo has taken part in the 13.1 mile race.

Kenya's Mary Keitany also set a new course record to win the women's race this year, with Great Britain's Gemma Steel coming in second.

Around 56,000 runners had entered the main race with this year also seeing the millionth runner crossing the finishing line. Brendan Foster, who founded the run in 1981, said he was "immensely proud" it had reached its millionth participant.

Charity runner Tracey Cramond crossed the line with a time of just over three hours and 22 minutes, becoming the first millionth finisher ever in a running event worldwide.

She was in a mass of runners who surged through the line an hour and 22 minutes after race winner Mo Farah.

Tracey started running last year after her mother died and this year she was running to raise money for Butterwick Hospice.

Congratulations to all of the runners who took part in this year's race, in which an estimated 250 million pounds was raised for charity.

Thank you to all of our staff and management who worked over the weekend, everyone did a great job and the event was a huge success.

Great work, team!

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