7th September 2017
NEWCASTLE PREPARES FOR STREET AND HALF-MARATHON ACTION
A weekend of athletics that many look forward to as the outdoor season reaches its conclusion, the Great North CityGames, held tomorrow (9 Sept) on the Quayside, will feature a host of Britons as they round off their seasons.
Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson), Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) and Jazmin Sawyers (Kelly Sotherton) – all winners of major medals in the last few years – will go head to head in the long jump, with European U23 finalist Charlie Myers (Chris Boundy) the line Brit in the men’s pole vault.
The sprints will see 4x100m world silver medallists Asha Philip (Steve Fudge) and Desiree Henry (Rana Reider) line up for the 100m, with fellow medallist Dina Asher-Smith (John Blackie) going over 200m.
Meanwhile, two-time world champion Jonnie Peacock (Dan Pfaff) and T44 100m world record holder Richard Browne look set to renew their rivalry over 100m, with Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Dennis Shaver), the anchor leg in Britain’s historic 4x100m world gold, running his first ever 150m.
Notable clashes elsewhere include the women’s mile, a race which pits the likes of Rosie Clarke (David Harmer), Adelle Tracey (Jon Bigg) and European Junior 1500m champion Jemma Reekie (Andy Young) against one another, with Andrew Butchart (Derek Easton) and Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg) among those lining up for the men’s version of the event.
Then, on Sunday (10 September), the historic Great North Run will see Sir Mo Farah go for his fourth title at the event as his focus shifts to the road following a glittering track career.
Victorious last year by eight seconds thanks to a time of 1:00.04, opposition this time around comes from 2016 Olympic Games marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa, while twin brothers Zane and Jake Robertson of New Zealand also possess highly impressive lifetime bests of 59:47 and 60:01 respectively over the distance.
Other Britons in the elite men’s field include Chris Thompson (Mark Rowland), Tsegai Tewelde (John MacKay) and Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans).
The women’s race will see Kenyan heavyweights Mary Kietany and Vivian Cheruiyot go head to head, with the former setting a stunning women’s-only world record of 2:17. 01 earlier this year at the London Marathon.
British interest in the field comes from Aly Dixon, Gemma Steel and Katrina Wootton (Harvey Rose), the latter fresh from setting a huge personal best over 10,000m with 31: 45.63 to move to 11th on the UK all-time list.
Elsewhere, the elite wheelchair field sees Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin) – very much the breakthrough star of the World Para Athletics Championships in July following two golds (T53 100m, 200m) and a bronze (400m) – take to the start line for her very first half marathon.
British males in the same field include T34 800m world bronze medallist Isaac Towers (Peter Wyman), Nathan Maguire (Steven Hoskins) and Ben Rowlings (Job King).
More information on Saturday’s (9 Sep) Great CityGames can be found here – coverage can also be found on BBC One from 13:15 – 15:15.
Coverage of Sunday’s Great North Run begins on BBC One at 09:30, running through until 13:30.