Great North Run: Tragedy strikes as runner dies during race

  Organisers of today’s Great North Run have confirmed that someone has died during the event.
A spokesman for the race said: “Very sad to advise that a participant died at the Great North Run today.
“The Great Race Company deeply regrets the loss of life of a participant at the Great North Run today and offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the individual.

“In the case of a fatality, there are procedures laid down that we adhere to with the professional organisation. Our priority is to ensure the next of kin are informed and we are not in a position to comment further today.”