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To put you in the picture, it's a new world record.

THE region's most famous race has won yet another world record.

Already the world's biggest half-marathon, the Bupa Great North Run has now made history for its cultural programme, an annual series of unique artistic projects which celebrate the race and its history.

Part of the annual programme, now in its fourth year, The Running Line, a sculptural photographic display made up entirely of images taken at the Great North Run in 2006, is now officially the world's longest photographic exhibition. Created by artist Julian Germain, the display stretches 13.1 miles, the same length as the Bupa Great North Run itself, and is now due to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Julian said: "This is great. Of course, the purpose wasn't to break any records but to make something beautiful, exciting and fascinating, but this is clear recognition of what an extraordinary effort it really was to collect all those thousands of pictures and join them together to make a single 'line'.

More than 141,000 photographs were collected at the Bupa Great North Run 2006 from spectators, participants and children from 14 different schools who were stationed along the route of the run.

The installation could be viewed at Gateshead's Saltwell Park as part of last year's Cultural Programme and visitors could move around and through the work, which was woven around trees and mazes, giving a sense of the distance travelled and the journeys made as part of the Great North Run.

The Running Line was also part of NewcastleGateshead's world-class festivals and events programme 2007, managed by culture10 at the NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI).

Cultural programme co-ordinator Beth Rowson said: "We're delighted that The Running Line has been recognised as a new Guinness World Record. It's testament to the incredible efforts of thousands of people who took part and donated their photographs.

"This world record is for each of them, so we'd like to say well done."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2008
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