Artist Mark Knopfler
Release date 1st September 2014 & 10th February 2015
Recording Live recording from Privateering tour
Format Digital track (MP3-format and M4A-format)
Label Universal Music Catalogue
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  1. Going Home (live)
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Additional comments The Bupa Great North Run takes place annually in the north-east of England. To commemorate reaching a world-first one millionth finish in September 2014, Mark Knopfler released a live version of Going Home, all royalties from this digital only release being donated to Future Fund, a charity that supports children’s cancer research at the UK’s Great North Children’s hospital. On 1st September 2014, this digital track was released, originally only available for people living in the UK and Ireland. On 10th February 2015, it also came available in other countries. I downloaded it from the official iTunes store in M4A-format. It turned out to be a live recording from the Privateering tour in 2013. Track time 05:39. Mark Knopfler also performed this song on the Great North Run ceremony on 4th September 2014. Click here to see an article about the event and Mark's performance.
Press release To commemorate the Bupa Great North Run reaching a world-first one millionth finish, Mark Knopfler will be releasing a specially recorded live version of Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero). All royalties from this digital only release will be donated to Future Fund, a charity that supports children’s cancer research at the Great North Children’s hospital.

Alongside Mark Knopfler, the event will also feature performances from Sting, multi-platinum selling festival favourites Chase & Status, an appearance from Ant and Dec, narration from Tim Healy and Jill Halfpenny and for the first time in its existence, the Sage Gateshead will be transformed into a giant screen for large scale projections of film and animation.

Mark Knopfler and his band will be performing the track live on September 4th at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony.

The track will be available for download from Monday September 1st in the UK and Ireland from iTunes, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Deezer, 7digital and Rdio.

“I’m proud to have been a supporter of this great event from the beginning and am looking forward to being there to play ‘Local Hero’ once more on September 4th when the Bupa Great North Run gets ready to notch up its millionth finish.” – Mark Knopfler

“We're absolutely delighted that the Great North Run theme tune is being rereleased to help raise funds for this fantastic cause. Mark has always been a great supporter of the event and it's brilliant that over 30 years after its first release, this track is going to reach a new audience and help the Future Fund at the same time.” – Brendan Foster

Great North Run Culture is an annual series of arts projects, events and exhibitions that celebrate and explore sport and art. Featuring film, photography, dance, drama, writing, participation projects and more, we use the world's greatest half-marathon as the starting point for commissioning exciting, innovative and accessible work, "...linking the worlds of art and sport in a unique and innovative way," Culture24. www.greatnorthrunculture.org

The Bupa Great North Run is brought to you by Nova International and is sponsored by Bupa. Nova International, headed by Olympic medallist Brendan Foster also organise some of the biggest running events in the world, all based on the Bupa Great North Run, the world’s leading half marathon with 57,000 entries in 2014. Nova International was established in 1988 and has a strong sporting pedigree. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Nova has established itself as a market leader in the world of sports marketing and event management.