Watch as the Red Arrows fly over the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle during the 40th Great North Run

By James Robinson

The Red Arrows have completed their traditional fly past over the Tyne Bridge during the Great North Run.

The sight of the iconic RAF display team soaring over the Tyne Bridge over the heads of thousands of runners is one of the defining images of the Great North Run.

However, Sunday's race was actually the first time the Red Arrows were at the run since 2018.

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Last year's event was of course cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the display team were unable to make either the Great North Run or their other local annual date at Sunderland Airshow in 2019 due to a hectic schedule that saw the dates clash with an overseas tour of America and Canada.

Thankfully, this year has seen normal service resumed. Speaking prior to the race, a statement from organiser the Great North Run Company said: "We’ve been waiting for this day for almost two years, and we can’t wait to give you a day to remember.

"The Red Arrows will be popping by to give you a fly-by on the day and soaring across the skies of Newcastle on event day, so keep a look out for the iconic sight as the fly overhead."

You can see our footage of the planes soaring through the skies in our video above.

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