Yes, it's that time of year again and The Great North Run is upon us once more. As was the now annual Great North City Games on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides. As it was last year it was a competition between GB and USA and similar to last year it turned out to be a win for the USA.
Highlights were, Mo Farah who, after deciding not to run tomorrows GNR, duly won the 2 mile race in 8.40.
Berbard Lagart of USA ran well to hold on to win the 1 mile in 4.01.62 just holding off Britain's James Brewer (4.01.81). While the women's mile race was nearly a blanket finish, with the lead changing hands between four different runners in the last 30 metres. The eventual winner being USA's Brenda Martinez (4.34.99) from Hannah England (4.35.56), Anna Pierce (4.36.44) and early race leader Jenny Simpson (4.37.17). Julia Bleasdale , moving down from the 5000 and 10000 she ran at the Olympics had a great race and was in the lead as the runners came of the Swing Bridge finishing 5th (4.38.89)
Meanwhile in the sprints Jason Richardson won the 110m hurdles (13.41); Jeneba Tarmoh the Women's 100m (11.17); Men's 100m Dwain Chamber (10.04); Women's 150m Anyika Ouuora (16.70): Men's 100m Wallace Spearmon (15.13).
Chris Tomlinson won the Long Jump, while the Pole Vault went to Mary Saxer.
A great day of athletics and the perfect prelude to tomorrows GNR.
Full results can be found here