Olympic medallists get set to star on the streets of Tyneside for the Great North CityGames
The popular Great North CityGames street athletics event returns to the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside on Saturday (September 10), with several stars of the Rio Olympics in action on specially laid tracks and runways in 12 events either side of the Tyne.
Two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha, two-time Olympic medallist Greg Rutherford, Bernard Lagat and in-form Brit Laura Muir are among the biggest names.
Here we take a look at some events you won’t want to miss. For our full event-by-event guide check out the September 8 edition of Athletics Weekly magazine.
Two-time Olympic 800m champion and world record-holder David Rudisha is set to compete over the rarely contested distance of 500m and the world best of 59.32 seconds is surely under threat. The Kenyan has run 45.50 for 400m and this year 73.10 for 600m, the latter being the second fastest in history. Also hoping to cope with the unusual experience of running half a kilometre on the road will be European 400m champion Martyn Rooney.
Ireland’s Olympic 800m semi-finalist Mark English will be joined by several further Brits – European two-lap bronze medallist Elliot Giles, plus hurdlers Jack Green, Seb Rodger and Jacob Paul.
Women’s 100m hurdles
Jasmin Stowers became one of the quickest ever over this distance when she ran 12.35 last year, but she faces a tough field here. Tiffany Porter, the 2015 world bronze medallist, carries British hopes. The German who beat her by one place in that world final and who finished fifth in Rio, Cindy Roleder, is also competing.
Men’s one mile
Bernard Lagat, the twice world champion and 2004 Olympic silver medallist, proved again his remarkable longevity at the age of 41 when finishing fifth in Rio over 5000m and goes back down to the sort of distance at which he first prevailed.
Experienced British 800m runner Michael Rimmer steps up in distance after illness at the Olympics led to a disappointing result, while Andrew Butchart hopes to continue his remarkable season after finishing sixth over 5000m at the Olympics and Charlie Grice is in the line-up.
Women’s one mile
Britain’s female track athlete of 2016 Laura Muir lines up hoping to end her brilliant season with yet another accolade. As world No.1 over 1500m and with the British record to her name, the Scottish runner, who also graces the front cover of the latest issue of AW, will be favourite in a heavily domestic field.
Rio 1500m representative Laura Weightman and Eilish McColgan, who made the 5000m final at the Olympics, are the Brits most likely to challenge.
Men’s long jump
It would hardly be a street games event in Britain without Greg Rutherford. The 2012 Olympic long jump and current world champion takes a break from his Strictly Come Dancing practice to try to bow out for the season in style. Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre, the 2015 world silver medallist, will aim to push him all the way.
» Check out the September 8 edition of AW magazine for our full event-by-event preview, plus a look ahead to Sunday’s Great North Run action. A timetable and further information can be found here, while the action will be on BBC 1 from 14:15 – 16:15