BBC Sport will broadcast exclusive coverage of the 32nd annual staging of the Great North Run, the world’s biggest and most famous half-marathon, as part of a bumper weekend of live athletics from the north east.
Beginning in Newcastle and finishing in South Shields, the prestigious event always attracts top-quality athletes from across the world, as well as thousands of runners looking to raise as much money for their chosen charities.
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah had been due to compete for the first time but has withdrawn as he has not had time to train for the distance.
Instead he will be among five London 2012 gold medallists to perform the role of starter at the Great North Run, where he will be joined by rower Kat Copeland, long jumper Greg Rutherford, boxer Nicola Adams, and Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds.
There will also by a fly-past by the Red Arrows display team.
The Great North Run prides itself on not just being an event for the elite runners, as around 50,000 others will also be aiming to complete the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields, with the majority looking to raise as much money as they can for charities and good causes.
Martin Mathathi of Kenya won the men’s elite race last year, while his compatriot Lucy Wangui prevailed in the women’s event and this year’s race is likely to feature another outstanding field.
Sue Barker presents live coverage of the 2012 Great North Run on BBC One and BBC One HD from 9.30am.
Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson and Brendan Foster are on commentary duties, with reporters Phil Jones, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson out on the course.
As part of busy weekend of athletics in the north east, BBC Sport will also broadcast live coverage of the Great City Games event from the quayside in Gateshead.
Now in its fifth year, the Great City Games has become a popular fixture in the athletics calendar, and is the perfect complement to Sunday’s Great North Run.
Last year, the event attracted more than 15,000 spectators, who got a prime view of the athletes competing on the purpose-built track right in the heart of the city.
Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford will be part of the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team who are taking on the USA, with disciplines ranging from the 100m hurdles to the pole vault.
Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage on BBC One, with analysis from Denise Lewis, and commentary by Paul Dickenson, Steve Cram and Brendan Foster.
The BBC Sport website will have live streams of both events and feature on-demand clips, plus reports, and there will also be additional coverage on the Great North Run on BBC Red Button during the event.
BBC Radio 5 live will have commentary of the Great North Run throughout the day from 9.30am.
Earlier this year the BBC signed a new broadcast deal to continue its exclusive coverage of the event until 2018.
Saturday 15th September Great North CityGames LIVE – 1.00pm-2.30pm – BBC One / BBC One HD Sunday 16th September Great North Run 2012 LIVE – 9.30am-1.30pm – BBC One / BBC One HD Highlights – 11.30pm-12.10am – BBC Two / BBC HD