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Newcastle, UK - Just five weeks after huge crowds celebrated the British
team in central London for their success during the Olympics the
extraordinary summer of sport in Great Britain will continue further
north as Newcastle will be the scene for the Great North City Games on
Saturday, followed by the world’s biggest Half Marathon on Sunday, the Bupa Great North Run
City Games will feature another Great Britain versus USA match with a
total of nine events to be staged. Among those competing on Saturday
will be Britain’s Long Jump Olympic champion Greg Rutherford. The City
Games will be free to watch for spectators and will be shown live on BBC
One from 1 pm.
On Sunday the world’s most spectacular half marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race
will be started in Newcastle, leading to South Shields. The biggest
race of its kind has 55,000 registered runners. Among them are some of
the greatest names in road running. While Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang heads
the men’s start list the women’s event will probably make the headlines.
In what will be her debut at the distance the Olympic 10,000m champion
Tirunesh Dibaba will compete against her fellow-Ethiopian Tiki Gelana,
the Olympic Marathon champion. A tough Kenyan challenge comes from Edna
Kiplagat, who is the reigning World Marathon Champion. The race will be
shown live on BBC One on Sunday from 9.30 am.
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