RUNNERS competed in a virtual edition of the Great North Run after the coronavirus pandemic saw the original event cancelled.

Unable to gather in the North East for the famous half marathon, instead people clocked in via a race app to register their times.

And the lack of a centralised race did not deter the competitors from the usual variety of novelty efforts.

Dave Taylor, from Ponteland, is a chef at St Oswald’s Hospice, which provides care to people with life-limiting conditions.

In 2011, Mr Taylor ran the Great North Run with a fridge on his back, and decided to do so again this time around for charity with a team of seven friends and family in his home town.

Instead of running from Newcastle to South Shields, runners on six continents, in 57 countries and in all 124 UK postcode areas created their own route where they live.