Rob's Great North Run in memory of dad Mac

Rob Wilson.
Rob Wilson.

More than fifty-seven thousand runners completed the 37th installment of the grueling Great North Run.

Many of them ran the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields in memory of loved ones, while raising money for worthy causes.

One of them, Hartlepool-born Rob Wilson, 45, was taking part in his fourth Great North Run.

Rob, who now lives in Great Lumley, first entered the race in 1994.

After a break of several years, he returned to running after his father Mac's death from aged 74.

He said: "I lost my dad to bowel cancer in July 2014 and I decided to do the Great North Run for Bowel Cancer UK in his memory.

"I ended up falling in love with running. Going out for runs on my own became a way of getting over losing him.

"I started doing Parkruns and joined Birtley Running Club, and I just do it every year now."

Rob completed the race in one hour, 38 minutes, after completing the Sunderland Half Marathon in one hour, 32 minutes in May.