Team GB transplant athletes Kaylee Davidson-Olley and Martin Graham who competed in the World Transplant Games 2013 in South Africa

North East is set to host next year's British Transplant Games

Newcastle and Gateshead will stage the British Transplant Games at which hundreds of competitors will take part

Laura Weightman of England celebrates winning silver in the Women's 1500 metres final

Morpeth's Laura Weightman claims silver at Commonwealth Games

Morpeth's Laura Weightman hung on to claim silver in a stunning performance in the Commonwealth Games 1,500 metres

Laura Weightman

Laura Weightman targets European and Commonwealth Games medals

Northumberland athlete targeting medals in the European and Commonwealth Games

Alyson Dixon

Alyson Dixon is proud of her Commonwealth Games call

Sunderland Stroller will represent the region at Glasgow - and she is aiming to do more than make up the numbers

Niall Flannery

Niall Flannery planning podium assault at Commonwealth Games

Twenty-three-year-old Gateshead hurdler Niall Flannery can't wait for Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Laura Weightman

Steve Cram backs Laura Weightman to be a Commonwealth Games contender

There was joy for three North East athletes yesterday with Alyson Dixon, Weightman and Teesside sprinter Richard Kilty all picked for the Commonwealths, which start next month

The start of the Blaydon Race, in the centre of Newcastle

Blaydon Race 2014: Kenyan Peter Emase regains the crown

It was a Kenyan one-two in the 2014 Blaydon Race, with Peter Emase edging out last year's winner Boniface Kiprop

Ryan McLeod

Ryan McLeod bidding for his first Blaydon Race podium finish

After missing out on a podium finish in previous years, Ryan McLeod has set his sights on winning this year's Blaydon Race

Richard Kilty of Great Britain wins the gold medal in the Men's 60m Final of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland

Athletics: Indoor champion Kilty believes he can run under ten seconds

As befits the new world indoor champion for 60 metres, Richard Kilty’s Twitter status was quickly updated to reflect his shock elevation to the sprinting elite

A general picture of cross-country runners

North East athletes take five medals at the National Cross-Country Championships

North East athletes claimed five medals - including three gold - at Saturday’s Saucony 127th English National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Olympic hurdler Jack Green

Olympic hurdler Jack Green trains with Newcastle Falcons rugby club

London 2012 athlete tries his hand at oval-ball game with training stint at Kingston Park

Records tumble as Temple Park hosts prestigious event

Temple Park in South Shields held the 108th North Eastern Counties AA Cross Country Championships

Record turnout for opening Start Fitness run at Shibdon Pond

There was a record turnout of competitors at Saturday’s first Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League fixture at Shibdon Pond, Blaydon

Morpeth Harriers retained the Sherman Cup at Hedley Farm

Morpeth Harriers retained the Sherman Cup and Gateshead Harriers took the Davison Shield at Saturday’s Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League event

Mo Farah

The Agenda: What is the future of the Great North Run? - Part Two

Standing still is not an option for Great North Run chief Brendan Foster as Mark Douglas found out when he caught up with him

Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu

Best of British athletes to take part in Great North Run festivities

Two of Britain’s best athletes will be heading to the region to help kick-start this year’s Great North Run festivities

Laura Weightman of Great Britain after the 1500 metres heats in Moscow

Laura Weightman’s brave bid in vain

Laura Weightman was left counting the cost of her fall at the British trials as she tumbled out of the 1500m heats

Gateshead Stadium

Gateshead Harriers are back in the top flight

Gateshead Harriers regained their status in Division One of the British League, winning promotion in the final match at Hendon on Saturday

Mo Farah at Gateshead International Stadium

Mo Farah heads 'dream team' for Tyneside showpiece

Mo Farah is to race against Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie when the trio come to Tyneside for the Bupa Great North Run

Sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay

The Agenda: When are we going to stop putting faith in the cheats?

Six athletes were revealed as having tested positive for banned substances at the weekend. Stuart Rayner argues as sports fans we are all poorer for it


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