IMPRESSIVE statistics have been trotted out in the wake of the 37th Great North Run and associated activities.

More than 1.5 million miles of activity, the distance to the moon and back three times over, was clocked up by more than a quarter-of-a-million people over the course of the two-day festival of sport.

Data from Strava, the social network for athletes, indicates that 190,103 runs were recorded in the UK over the weekend, suggesting that the day of the Great North Run is set to be the most active day of the year.

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Sponsor Simplyhealth and the run organisers used the powerful draw of the mass participation event to inspire people to be part of the UK’s most active weekend.

Its aim was to inspire people to get active in any way they wished, with activities such as walking, wheeling, step-climbing and hiking logged on the Simplyhealth Great Run Day web hub.

In all, 564,964 of the miles were recorded by the record-breaking 43,127 finishers in the world’s biggest half marathon, won by Mo Farah.