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This September, the Great North Run will be the first event of its kind in the world to reach its millionth finish, ahead of London, New York and Berlin. A celebration is in order!

We’re really excited to announce a grant of over £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support an ambitious programme of special events and exhibitions which will explore and celebrate the North East's sporting and industrial heritage.
Hal Branson working with Hotspur Primary to make All You Need is Glove
We start 2014 with the news that Melanie Manchot’s Tracer (commissioned for our 2013 programme) will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition at Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales. Plus Paul Smith talks #GNRC on BBC Radio 2, Hotspur Primary make a film inspired by Tracer and we look forward the 1 millionth finish of the Great North Run in September.
Jak from Apeuro Freerunning (still from Melanie Manchot's Tracer'
There’s another chance to see Melanie Manchot’s beautiful moving image work, Tracer in London this month.
Tracer will be screened at MOT International as part of When the Grid Goes Soft – Canadian artists Nathan Bomford and Cedric Bomford will construct an installation that will function as a sculptural form, as well as a framing device for the work of Melanie Manchot and Jakob Kolding.
Hal Branson, Craig and Mike from Apeuro, Paul Merrick and pupils from Hotspur Primary School
We asked artist Paul Merrick, filmmaker Hal Branson and Apeuro Parkour & Freerunning to work with pupils from Hotspur Primary School to make a film inspired by Melanie Manchot's 'Tracer'. Here's the result (spoiler: it's absolutely brilliant and we couldn't be prouder).
Filming parkour action at Hotspur Primary School
Working with filmmaker Hal Branson, artist Paul Merrick and parkourist Craig Cheel, ten Year 5 Students from Hotspur School in Heaton, Newcastle embarked on an ambitious project to create a short film inspired by Melanie Manchot's 'Tracer' in three days. Paul tells us more about it in this project blog.
'Run Dad' by Daisy de Villeneuve
This morning we put Daisy de Villeneuve’s Run Colour Run portraits into storage and with only one day left of our final school project inspired by Melanie Manchot's Tracer our programme is almost over for another year...
Melanie Manchot's Tracer at BALTIC 39 - photo by David Meadows
More on volunteering with Great North Run Culture from our volunteer blogger David Meadows.
Paul Smith performs with Mouthful at our #GNRC13 programme launch. Photo by Mark Savage.
If you missed the round up of our 2013 programme on this year's BBC ONE Bupa Great North Run coverage you can watch it on our YouTube channel now - featuring interviews with Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith, artist Melanie Manchot and Great North Run Culture Director Beth Bate, plus live parkour from Apeuro Freerunning and previews of new work by Daisy de Villeneuve and Adam Chodzko.
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