POLICE have thanked the public for playing their part in “another memorable” Great North Run weekend.

Almost 43,000 competitors pounded the pavements between Newcastle and South Shields in what is billed as the world’s biggest half-marathon race, on Sunday.

They were cheered on by thousands of spectators lining the route, particularly near the seafront finish line, witnessing Sir Mo Farah win a record sixth successive Great North Run title in the elite men’s race.

It followed a sea of colour on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides for Saturday’s Simplyhealth Great North 5K, Mini and Junior Great North Run. were staged.

Chief Inspector David Pickett, Northumbria Police’s silver commander for the Great North Run, thanked the public for their patience and co-operation as the weekend passed without major incident.

He added: “I’m absolutely delighted that everything went as planned.”