Yorkshire Post Says: Hero of the North - Brendan Foster leads from start to finish

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BRENDAN Foster is the first to admit it that it is the competitors, of all ages and abilities, who have turned the Great North Run into such a national – and international – celebration of athletics.

Yet the million-plus runners who have completed the iconic half-marathon, and the spectators who faithfully line the route in all weathers, would say it is their inspirational local hero who has made a race like no other in the world.

This was self-evident at the start of the 2017 contest when the recently retired BBC commentator had the privilege of starting a race that he founded in 1981 (without the approval of the local constabulary).

It was a richly deserved honour – few people have done as much for the North, and public participation in sport, as Brendan Foster who is still leading from the front.