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One million stories. One night.

GNR Million Opening Ceremony on the NewcastleGateshead quayside
The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony started the countdown to the millionth finish of the Bupa Great North Run in spectacular style!
The epic tale of the North East, a story of creativity, inspiration and ingenuity, was told with incredible live music from Sting, Mark Knopfler, The Unthanks and Chase & Status, poetry, fireworks, pyrotechnics, projections and performances from a cast of hundreds. The Great North Run MIllion Opening Ceremony celebrated ordinary people working together to achieve extraordinary things, all inspired by the energy of a million runners power Tyneside's past and future. 

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Great North Greats is our year long programme of events and activities celebrating the millionth finish of the Bupa Great North Run. The Great North Greats exhibition in South Shields is now open now in South Shields, and there's a special opening on Sunday 7th September, the day of the millionth finish!

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We're looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to work on our brilliant Great North Greats programme of exhibitions, events and activities. Fancy joining us? Take a look here...

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