A runner taking part in today’s Great North Run has died, organisers have confirmed.
A spokesman said: “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.”
Very sad to advise that a participant died at the #GreatNorthRun today. Thoughts are with family and friends at this difficult time.
— Great Run (@Great_Run) September 13, 2015
Mo Farah won the race with a time of 59 minutes and 23 seconds.
The 32-year-old, who last month retained both his 10,000 metres and 5,000m world crowns in Beijing, became the second British man to win the half-marathon event twice as he crossed the line on Tyneside ahead of Kenya’s Stanley Biwott.
Farah, in completing a back-to-back triumph, matched the achievement of Mike McLeod, the winner in 1981 and 1982.
More to follow.