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We are extremely saddened to hear that #GreatNorthRun legend, ‘Owld Jarra Jim’ Purcell, has passed away aged 96. For many years, Jim was one of the events most popular local runners, inspiring people of all ages to take on the challenge. He will be fondly remembered by everyone at Great Run, our thoughts are with his family and friends today.

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