Ci­tyGames head­ing down to Teesside

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TY­NE­SIDE re­mains de­ter­mined to be­come a “go-to des­ti­na­tion” for world-class sport, de­spite los­ing the Great North Ci­tyGames to Stock­ton.

It was re­vealed this week that the ath­let­ics show­piece, which has brought elite sport to the New­cas­tle and Gateshead Quay­side for a decade, will be held on Teesside next year in­stead.

The street-level event, held the day be­fore the Great North Run, has be­come hugely popular, with crowds of 25,000 see­ing the likes of Sir Mo Farah and Greg Ruther­ford com­pete.

But coun­cil bosses look­ing to boost the area’s sport­ing pro­file say there is still plenty to look for­ward to – in­clud­ing the World Trans­plant Games and an Eng­land rugby in­ter­na­tional.

Mean­while, the Great Run Com­pany – the firm be­hind the Ci­tyGames – says the ex­tra time in the sched­ule gen­er­ated by its re­lo­ca­tion will al­low ex­pan­sion of the Ju­nior, Mini and 5k events on the Satur­day be­fore the Great North Run.

New­cas­tle City Coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for cul­ture, sport and pub­lic health, Coun Kim McGuin­ness, said: “The Great North Ci­tyGames has been a fan­tas­tic suc­cess and we wish the team or­gan­is­ing the event in Stock­ton-on-Tees good luck with host­ing the event in the fu­ture.

“New­cas­tle is look­ing for­ward to a packed sport­ing cal­en­dar next year in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons and Chal­lenge Cup Fi­nals, The World Trans­plant Games and the Great North Run.”

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