Bach backs new bidding procedure

9:06am Friday 24th October 2014

The International Olympic Committee has outlined its first steps to reduce the often prohibitive cost of bidding for and staging the Games.

Murray maintains push for finals place

The Northern Echo: STRAIGHT SETS: Andy Murray won in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna

8:52am Thursday 23rd October 2014

David Ferrer and Andy Murray continued their push for a place at next month's ATP Tour Finals in London with opening-round wins at the Valencia Open.

Froome may miss 2015 Tour de France

The Northern Echo:

7:56am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Chris Froome may opt out of the 2015 Tour de France and target a Giro d'Italia-Vuelta a Espana double instead.

Birtley do the business

8:46am Monday 20th October 2014

THE GIRLS of Birtley AC did the North-East region proud in the North of England Cross Country Relays at Graves Park, Sheffield, winning the under-17 team race before their Great Britain international Lydia Turner marked her elevation into the junior ranks by out-running her senior rivals in the women’s event.

Double win for Tyne Bridge Harriers

9:30am Monday 13th October 2014

TYNE BRIDGE Harriers, one of the region’s youngest clubs, got off to a flying start in their quest to land a rare double by winning the men’s and women’s Division One team races in the opening Start Fitness North-East Harrier League fixture at East Cramlington.

Fenwick wins Kielder 10k

8:06am Monday 6th October 2014

NEWCASTLE Club Tyne Bridge Harriers dominated the sell-out Kielder 10K, with Marc Fenwick heading the 1,000-strong field to win from two of his clubmates, Shaun Brown and David Beech.

Christmas race expected in Newcastle

10:24pm Friday 3rd October 2014

ATHLETICS enthusiasts will have to fight it out with Christmas shoppers for parking spaces when the 109th North-East Cross Country Championships are held on Newcastle Town Moor on Saturday, December 13.

Burn turns the tables

The Northern Echo: REDCAR HALF MARATHON: A competitor makes her way past the Redcar Beacon. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (10843870)

9:17am Monday 29th September 2014

JARROW and Hebburn's Andy Burn turned the tables on previous winner Jim Bulman to take the title in yesterday's 32nd Redcar Half Marathon.

Murray revels in ending drought

5:09am Monday 29th September 2014

Andy Murray was overcome with emotion after ending a burdensome title drought that stretched all the way back to his glorious Wimbledon triumph.

Bulman aims to regain Redcar title

10:59am Saturday 27th September 2014

TOP TEESSIDE veteran Jim Bulman has his sights set on regaining his senior men’s title in tomorrow’s big 32nd Redcar Half Marathon, which has attracted an entry of over 1200 runners.

Keitany unaware she had created Great North Run history

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 8th September 2014

MARY KEITANY became the fastest woman in Great North Run history yesterday, but the Kenyan admits she had no idea about her place in the record books until a steward tapped her on the shoulder to tell her.

Farah cites Great North Run success as a career high

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 8th September 2014

HE has won multiple world and Olympic gold medals, but Mo Farah claims yesterday’s victory in the Bupa Great North Run felt as good as anything he has achieved in his career.

Stockton sprinter finishes his season in style at the Great North City Games

The Northern Echo:

4:10pm Saturday 6th September 2014

STOCKTON sprinter Richard Kilty signed off for the season in style as he claimed the 150m title at the Great North City Games on the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside.

Partridge will give Great North Run her best shot

The Northern Echo: England's Louise Damen and Scotland's Susan Partridge following the Men's Marathon during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 27, 2014. See PA

7:03am Saturday 6th September 2014

SUSAN PARTRIDGE admits that she is taking a risk by competing in tomorrow's Great North Run - but wouldn't have it any other way.

Williams pleased to be on the straight and narrow in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: TYNESIDE BOUND: Jodie Williams will compete in the 150m at the Great North City Games on the Gateshead Quayside

4:29pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

JODIE WILLIAMS’ speed around a bend might have helped her claimed four major championship medals this summer, but the 20-year-old will be happy to get back on the straight and narrow when she competes in the Great North City Games on Saturday.

All you need to know ahead of the Great North Run

The Northern Echo: WALL OF HISTORY: The display at Start Fitness, in Newcastle, ahead of the Great North Run

7:03am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE GREAT North Run is one of the greatest sporting events in the world, regularly attracting the cream of the globe’s distance runners.

Tees Pride victory for Wondiye

4:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

ETHIOPIAN asylum seeker and Paralympics silver-medallist Wondiye Fikre Indelbu added the Taylor-Wimpey Tees Pride 10K to his growing list of North-East road race victories.

Jones enjoys success

The Northern Echo:

10:01am Friday 22nd August 2014

WHEELCHAIR racer Jade Jones insists she has enough left in the tank to complete her IPC Athletics European Championships medal haul tomorrow after securing yet another success.

Region's sporting stars going for gold at Commonwealth Games

The Northern Echo: IN FORM: Aimee Willmott warmed up for the Commonwealth Games by claiming a clutch of medals at the recent Mare Nostrum series in France and Spain

5:13pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN total, 19 competitors from the North-East and North Yorkshire will be competing in the Commonwealths, and Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson assesses their medal prospects.

Tomlinson all ready for assault on the Commonwealth Games

The Northern Echo: JUMPING OUT OF THE BOOKS: Chris Tomlinson

10:10pm Sunday 20th July 2014

CHRIS Tomlinson insists he is finally ready to travel to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games after a victorious outing at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London.

Hynes means business in Great North 10k

The Northern Echo:

6:44pm Sunday 13th July 2014

TEESSIDER Matty Hynes ran one of the best races of his life to finish runner-up only eight seconds behind Uganda’s World and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich in yesterday’s BUPA Great North Gateshead 10K.

Olympic and world champion keen to impress on banks of the Tyne

3:32pm Friday 11th July 2014

A 5,000-strong field of runners will have the chance to run alongside the reigning Olympic and world champion when he steps up his preparations for the Great North Run on Sunday – if anyone can keep up.

Dixon prepares unusual warm-up for Great North 10k

The Northern Echo: GLASGOW BOUND: Wearsider Alyson Dixon is looking forward to representing England in the marathon at this summer's Commonwealth Games. (Picture: David Wood)

4:42pm Thursday 10th July 2014

ALYSON Dixon has come up with a novel way of warming up for the Bupa Great North 10k on Sunday – running to the start line in Gateshead from her home in Silksworth.

Twenty years of funding has helped athletes like Chris to shine

The Northern Echo:

9:01pm Monday 7th July 2014

IN the heart of Middlesbrough town centre yesterday, an Olympic long-jumper appeared to be diving in to a swimming school inside an athletics stadium. It is not what athletics fans or every day shoppers along Corporation Road would normally expect to see from Chris Tomlinson.

Weightman smashes personal best in Paris

The Northern Echo: GREAT RUN: Laura Weightman shattered her 1,500m personal best as she finished eighth at the Diamond League event in Paris

4:36pm Sunday 6th July 2014

LAURA WEIGHTMAN continued her recent impressive form as she slashed more than two-and-a-half seconds off her personal best at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

Kilty determined to address issues after poor show

The Northern Echo: CHAMBERS VICTORY: Dwain Chambers celebrates his 100m victory while Middlesbrough’s Richard Kilty, not pictured, finished fourth in the event in Birmingham yesterday

11:35am Monday 30th June 2014

RICHARD Kilty admits there are clearly issues he needs to work on in training after finishing fourth in the 100m at the Sainsbury’s British Championships.

All eyes on Gateshead International Stadium and region's leading young athletes

4:09pm Friday 20th June 2014

The North-East's leading young athletes will be in action at Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday in the annual Inter-Counties Track and Field Championships.

Countdown to the Commonwealths: Dixon looking forward to marathon mission

The Northern Echo: GLASGOW BOUND: Wearsider Alyson Dixon is looking forward to representing England in the marathon at this summer's Commonwealth Games. (Picture: David Wood)

7:02am Wednesday 18th June 2014

FOR the last two weeks, Alyson Dixon has been keeping a secret from her employers.

Kilty heads North-East Commonwealth Games athletics charge

The Northern Echo: GLASGOW BOUND: Richard Kilty will compete for England in the 100m and 4x100m relay at this summer's Commonwealth Games

5:45pm Monday 16th June 2014

RICHARD KILTY will challenge for his first major outdoor honour this summer after being confirmed as one of five North-Easterners in the England athletics squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Indelbu out to keep his title

12:50am Saturday 14th June 2014

PARALYMPIAN Wondiye Fikre Indelbu will remember to tie his laces securely when he defends his title in tomorrow’s Aycliffe 10K road race after limping to victory wearing only one running shoe last year.

Idowu makes international return for Great Britain

10:47am Wednesday 11th June 2014

GREG RUTHERFORD and Phillips Idowu will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the forthcoming European Team Championships after being named in a 48-strong team by British Athletics.

Ennis-Hill eyes return to defend Olympic title in Brazil

The Northern Echo: HAPPY MEMORIES: Jessica Ennis after winning gold this summer

10:53am Friday 23rd May 2014

JESSICA Ennis-Hill hopes to return to the heptathlon world stage by the end of 2015 in her bid to defend her Olympic title in Brazil.

Farah pulls out of race

The Northern Echo: OUT OF RACE: Mo Farah

11:35am Thursday 22nd May 2014

MO FARAH has pulled out of his first scheduled race since the London Marathon on Sunday.

Garbutt regains his title with repeat of 2012 victory

10:31am Tuesday 20th May 2014

NORTH of England and North-East Counties cross country champion Dan Garbutt regained his regional 5,000m crown with a repeat of his 2012 victory at Gateshead International Stadium.

Toward equals 46-year record

10:51am Monday 19th May 2014

NEWLY-CROWNED British Universities discus champion Alan Toward came agonisingly close to a new North-East Championships mark at a sun-baked Gateshead International Stadium when he equalled a record set 46 years previously.

Road To Rio: Olympic Briefs

The Northern Echo: Jack Laugher

7:00am Wednesday 14th May 2014

RIPON diver Jack Laugher maintained his fine recent run of form when he claimed his first senior international medals at last week's Diving World Series event in Moscow.

Road To Rio: Tomlinson delighted to be back based in Boro

The Northern Echo: JUMPING OUT OF THE BOOKS: Chris Tomlinson

7:00am Wednesday 14th May 2014

HE has sampled the bright lights of London, and competed and trained in some of the best venues in the world, but for Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson, there is no place like home.

Laugher confident after a new PB

The Northern Echo: Jack Laugher

6:14pm Sunday 27th April 2014

DESPITE agonisingly missing out on a Diving World Series in London, Jack Laugher believes a huge personal best score shows his senior career is finally looking bright.

Commonwealth hopefuls top Sunderland Half Marathon start list

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Alyson Dixon was fastest female in the Darlington 10k

5:50pm Monday 21st April 2014

TWO British athletes with Commonwealth Games ambitions will start as favourites for next month's Sunderland City Half Marathon.

Cram joins British Athletics in an advisory role

The Northern Echo: Steve Cram

1:37pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

STEVE CRAM has agreed to take on an advisory role with British Athletics as part of the organisation's Endurance Programme.

Aly Dixon's Commonwealth aspirations given a boost

The Northern Echo: Alyson Dixon of Sunderland Harriers takes first for the women

1:05pm Sunday 13th April 2014

SUNDERLAND’S Great Britain international Alyson Dixon is set to fulfil her dream of representing England in the Commonwealth Games Marathon this summer – after seeing her gamble of not competing in Sunday's London Marathon seemingly pay off.

Kebede’s warning to Farah

The Northern Echo: LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Tsegaye Kebede

11:43am Thursday 10th April 2014

DEFENDING champion Tsegaye Kebede has warned debutant Mo Farah he is in no mood to relinquish his Virgin Money London Marathon title.

Farah targets record

The Northern Echo: Two-time World champion: Mo Farah says his twins don't really recognise him because he is always away training - something he wants to change

10:36am Wednesday 9th April 2014

DOUBLE Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah is aiming to smash the British record at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday in his first ever competitive attempt at the distance.

Second place for Morpeth

1:09pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

MORPETH Harriers battled hard to finish runners-up in the English Road Running Association National 12-Stage Relay Championships at Sutton Park, their best performance for seven years.

Simply the best - Sunderland's Alyson Dixon is fastest Briton in World Half-Marathon Championships

The Northern Echo: Alyson Dixon of Sunderland Harriers takes first for the women

8:43am Sunday 30th March 2014

ALYSON DIXON was Great Britain's highest finisher in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on Saturday.

Dixon out to boost her Commonwealth Games hopes

12:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

GREAT Britain international Alyson Dixon aims to boost her Commonwealth Games marathon hopes with an eye-catching performance in tomorrow's World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen.

UK Sport stands by ‘flawed’ decision on cuts

11:05am Thursday 20th March 2014

UK SPORT has caused fury after sticking to its decision to withdraw funding from the Olympics sports of basketball, synchronised swimming and women’s water polo.

Morpeth will have to dig deep

3:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

STRENGTH-IN-DEPTH will be tested to the full in today's North of England 12-Stage Road Relay Championships at Manchester, where Morpeth Harriers are again expected to be the North-East's leading contestants.

Stockton sprinter wants to become fastest white man in history after winning world sprint title

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 10th March 2014

RICHARD KILTY wants to become the fastest white athlete in history after exploding onto the world scene in spectacular fashion this weekend as he claimed the 60m crown at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland.

Stockton sprinter becomes World Indoor champion at 60m

The Northern Echo:

8:12pm Saturday 8th March 2014

STOCKTON sprinter Richard Kilty has recorded by far the biggest success of his career as he claimed the 60m title at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland.

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