GNR glory for Kipsang & Dibaba
Wilson Kipsang snatched victory from fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo in the Great North run elite race thanks to a dramatic sprint finish.
Kipsang, who won the London marathon earlier this year and claimed bronze over the same distance at the Olympic Games, pipped Kogo to the victory in the last 20 metres in a time of 59 minutes and six seconds.
Ethiopia's Imana Merga finished third and Chris Thompson was the highest-placed Briton in sixth with a time of 61 minutes.
In the women's race, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba powered to victory on her half marathon debut.
The three-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion, who became the first athlete to retain the Olympic 10,000 metres title this summer, saw off the challenge of 2011 world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and 2012 Olympic Games marathon champion Tiki Gelana to claim the victory.
Dibaba finished with a time of 67 minutes 35 seconds, just outside of the symbolic 67-minute mark.
Briton Jo Pavey finished in fifth place, just outside of her personal best.
Canadian Josh Cassidy won his third Great North Run in the men's wheelchair event by some distance.
Cassidy finished in a time of 43 minutes 18 seconds, a clear six minutes ahead of Britain's Phil Hogg in second place, with Ross Low claiming third.
In the men's elite race, a five-man leading group of Kogo, Kipsang, Merga, Emmanuel Bett and Mike Kigen went through the first five kilometres in a time of 13 minutes and 52 seconds.
The seventh mile was run in a fast four minutes and 11 seconds, with Kipsang and Kogo then making a break at the front.
Kogo, the 10,000m specialist, kept pace with the 2012 Olympic marathon bronze medallist despite Kipsang's attempts to create a gap at the 12-mile marker.
With less than a mile to go, the two Kenyans were way ahead of the rest of the pack, alternating the lead at the front of the race.
Kogo moved to the front down the final coastal stretch of the route but Kipsang stayed in touch before powering past his countryman on the line to snatch victory.
The women's elite race started at a comfortable speed, with Pavey setting the early pace, passing the five kilometre mark in 16 minutes and 16 seconds.
Double New York marathon champion Jelena Prokopcuka then stepped it up at the front and left the Briton adrift of the leading group which also contained Dibaba, Kiplagat and Gelana.
Kenya's Kiplagat then took over at the front with Dibaba and Olympic marathon champion Gelana just ahead of the hour mark.
The trio raced along the finishing straight on the north-east coastline with Dibaba hitting the front for the first time in the race during the final stretch.
Kiplagat and Dibaba ran side by side during the last few hundred metres before the reigning 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion powered towards the line.