The 2016 champion is back to race in Portsmouth and Southsea, while Gemma Steel and Charlotte Purdue line up in the women’s race
Ones to watch at the Great North CityGamesSeptember 8, 2017
Andrew Butchart, Lynsey Sharp and Kim Collins among those in street athletics action on Gateshead Quayside
The Great North CityGames returns to the banks of the River Tyne on Saturday afternoon, with athletes in action on a pop-up track and specially-constructed arena.
A number of London world medallists are among those competing as GB’s 4x100m champion Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, World Para Athletics Championships winner Jonnie Peacock and relay silver medallists Dina Asher-Smith, Asha Philip and Desiree Henry are joined by international stars such as Aries Merritt, Kim Collins and Nijel Amos.
Scottish stars Andrew Butchart and Lynsey Sharp race over 1 mile and 500m respectively, while Lorraine Ugen is part of a GB trio in the long jump.
Check out the September 7 edition of AW magazine for an event-by-event look ahead to the action, while below we’ve listed some ones to watch.
13:20 Women’s long jump
Britain’s three London World Championships long jumpers – Lorraine Ugen, Shara Proctor and Jazmin Sawyers – are all in action. World and European indoor medallist Ugen will be looking to follow up her fifth place in the world final and runner-up spot at the recent Diamond League final in Brussels with another strong performance. They will be joined by athletes including Lithuania’s 2015 European under-23 triple jump champion Dovile Dzindzaletaite.
13:37 Men’s road mile
This event brings together athletes from 800m through to 5000m specialists and is set to be an intriguing battle. London 5000m eighth-placer Andrew Butchart also finished eighth in this event last year as his fellow Briton Jake Wightman beat Poland’s European indoor champion Marcin Lewandowski to victory. Butchart and Lewandowski are both back and form part of a field also featuring 1500m man Charlie Grice and two-lap specialist Elliot Giles.
14:02 Women’s road 500m
This event sees 800m specialists and one-lap runners do battle over a rarely-run distance which always proves tough to predict. Britain’s world and Olympic 800m finalist Lynsey Sharp and European under-20 800m silver medallist Ellie Baker line up alongside former 400m hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton, who has returned after serious injury to focus on the 400m flat. Olympic relay medallist Anyika Onuora, who ran 67.04 behind winner Sharp with 66.62 last year, also returns.
14:45 Women’s 150m
British 100m and 200m record-holder Dina Asher-Smith races the distance in between. The 21-year-old might have broken her foot in February but she has still been impressive on the track this summer, forming part of GB’s medal-winning 4x100m team and finishing fourth in the world 200m in London in a season’s best of 22.22 before beating double world silver medallist Marie- Josée Ta Lou in Berlin.
The Briton ran 16.82 for 150m in Manchester in 2015 and is sure to have her eye on Desiree Henry’s European best for the straight-run distance of 16.57 clocked at last year’s Great North CityGames. Her competition in Newcastle-Gateshead will include fellow Briton Bianca Williams, Naomi Sedney of Netherlands and Spain’s Estela Garcia.
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake is among those racing the men’s event at 14:56.
» Can’t get track-side? Watch the Great North CityGames action live from 13:15 on BBC One