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.

York athlete disqualified at World Indoors

The Northern Echo: York athlete Richard Buck, who clocks up miles and supermarket aisles in his  trolley dash to make this summer’s Games

4:46pm Friday 7th March 2014

RICHARD BUCK expressed his frustration after he was disqualified in the opening round of the 400m at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland.

Sunderland's Dixon selected for World Half Marathon Championships

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

4:56pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

SUNDERLAND’S Aly Dixon has been named in the Great Britain squad for the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen later this month.

Disappointment for Sunderland

4:58pm Monday 3rd March 2014

AS DEFENDING champions Morpeth tightened their grip on the First Division team trophy former North-East Harrier League front-runners Sunderland are faced with a last-ditch fight for survival after another disappointing performance in the penultimate fixture at Alnwick.

Morpeth head up North-East challenge

12:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

DEFENDING senior men's team champions Morpeth head a strong contingent of North-East athletes joining the nation's best cross country exponents in Nottingham today for the 127th Saucony English Championships, being held for the first time at Wollaton Park.

Road To Rio: York 400m star to double up at World Indoors

The Northern Echo: Richard Buck comes home first at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International

7:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

YORK’S Richard Buck will double up at the World Indoor Championships following his selection for both the 400m and 4x400m.

Road To Rio: Stockton sprinter turns his career around to earn a World Championships place

The Northern Echo: Arrested: Richard Kilty

4:24pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

EIGHTEEN months ago, Richard Kilty was ready to draw a line under his athletics career.

Stockton sprinter and York 400m star named in British squad for World Indoor Championships

The Northern Echo: Arrested: Richard Kilty

11:33am Tuesday 18th February 2014

STOCKTON sprinter Richard Kilty and York 400m star Richard Buck have both been named in the Great Britain squad for next month's World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.

Weightman misses out

The Northern Echo: FINALIST: Laura Weightman

12:00am Monday 17th February 2014

OLYMPIC Games 1500m finalist Laura Weightman found herself overshadowed by a 17-year-old rival as Morpeth Harriers had to settle for second place in the Royal Signals North-East Road Relay Championships at rain-swept Hetton Country Park.

York athlete in line for World Indoor Championships after weekend win

The Northern Echo: Richard Buck comes home first at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International

1:18pm Sunday 16th February 2014

RICHARD BUCK enhanced his chances of making the British 4x400m squad for next month's World Indoor Championships with victory in the domestic 'B' final at this weekend's British Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Morpeth seeking Hetton relay success

2:56pm Friday 14th February 2014

MORPETH Harriers will be determined to underline their position as the region's leading senior men's outfit as they chase a hat-trick of victories in Saturday's Royal Signals Road Relay Championships at Hetton.

Jackson inspired by older generation

6:50pm Thursday 13th February 2014

by JAMES TONEY in Sochi

Road To Rio: Weightman heads out to Africa to set herself up for double championship assault

The Northern Echo: AFRICAN BASE: Laura Weightman (centre) pictured with other British athletes in the Kenyan town of Iten, including Mo Farah (far right)

7:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

HIGH in the mountains of Kenya’s Rift Valley, Laura Weightman took time out from her winter training to have a glance around.

Morpeth remain in front

6:10pm Monday 10th February 2014

DEFENDING champions Morpeth kept their noses in front at the top of Division One of the North-East Harrier League with a clear-cut victory over challenging Durham City Harriers in the fourth fixture at Wrekenton.

Details of Lambton 10k and 3k runs confirmed

7:07pm Friday 7th February 2014

SUNDERLAND'S Foundation of Light has announced details of its annual Lambton 10k run and 3k fun run, which will take place on Sunday, June 29.

Happy road return for Garbutt

6:26pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

NEWLY-CROWNED North of England cross country champion Dan Garbutt returned to road racing yesterday to be pipped at the post for victory as he defended his title in the big Dewsbury 10K.

New course and club competition for Sunderland Festival Of Running

The Northern Echo: Half Marathopn cross the Wearmouth Bridge

4:36pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

THIS YEAR’S Sunderland Festival of Running will feature a new racing challenge designed at attracting running clubs from throughout the North-East to both the Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10k.

Dixon trains with Farah

12:00am Saturday 25th January 2014

COMMONWEATH Games marathon hopeful Alyson Dixon is training at altitude in Kenya with double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

Watson success in Durham County Championships

3:54pm Monday 13th January 2014

DURHAM City Harrier Oliver Watson won the senior boys' title in the Durham County Schools Championships at Meadowfield.



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