Hub for sport – Marathon gets second wind thanks to Olympian

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Hub for sport – Marathon gets second wind thanks to Olympian

Athletes and marathon runners rejoice.

Long jump Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards has teamed up with event organisers of the Morpeth to Newcastle marathon to help launch the historic north east road race. Historically the Morpeth to Newcastle road race is the oldest of its kind in England as it was first run in 1904.

Edwards has partnered with the committee and agreed to change the date of the race to October 29, 2017. Marathon runners will be subject to embracing autumn views via the Northumberland and North Tyneside coastline before finishing at the races final destination on Newcastle’s Quayside for a well-earned rest.

The news comes fresh off the heels of runners finding out if they have been granted a place in 2017’s Great North Run in September of this year.

Runners for 2017's 'Run have recently been notified
Runners for 2017’s ‘Run have recently been notified

The 26-mile road race starts in Morpeth and follows a carefully selected route passing through Cramlington, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and North Shields before finishing on Newcastle’s historic and picturesque quays.

The event this year will include a half marathon to which begins in Whitley Bay, a 26-mile cycle sportive and a mini-mile fun run along the quayside for children aged between three and 17 years old. The marathon holds historic significance within the north east with the first edition of the race being embarked on 113 years ago. That year, it covered 13.6 miles (21/9km) of public roads from Morpeth to Newcastle. However, in 1983 the race organisers tweaked the route to 14.1 miles (22.7km).

Phil Gray, managing director of organisers Total Racing International said:

“We are delighted to announce the new date and that entries are now open to members of the public for this year’s events.

“We had some amazing feedback from last year’s participants and third parties and we have been working with Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle councils to ensure the race can again take place this year.”

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