Two of Sunderland Harriers Great North Run stalwarts will be putting on their racing shoes once again for the world’s biggest half marathon on Sunday.
Eddie Maddison, 70, has competed in every GNR since the first in 1981, while Len Christopher, 72 in October, will be turning out in his 31st race from Newcastle to South Shields.
Christopher, who won the 2002 Over-55 London Marathon in his category, is hoping to go near his time of last year, while Maddison, who is nursing an injury, will be determined to make it to the finish
Last year Maddison recorded his fastest time for three years with his 1.55.49 clocking. His best time stands at 1.13.24 which he set as a 39-year-old.
The dwindling band of ever presents, which numbers less than 100, were issued with blue and white striped numbers which entitles them to start at the front of the field, if they wish.