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World-class athletics to return to Gateshead next summer

Athletics launch

The world's best athletes will compete in the North East next summer as international athletics returns to Gateshead.

Tickets will go on sale at 10am tomorrow morning (Thursday, 19 December) for the Müller Grand Prix, which takes place on 16 August and will be the first international grand prix meeting at Gateshead International Stadium since 2010. The event will also be held there in 2021 and 2024. 

World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson is already confirmed for the IAAF Diamond League meeting which will also be the welcome home event for British athletes returning from Tokyo 2020, and many newly-crowned Olympic champions and medallists from overseas will compete.

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More than £1.1m has been invested in Gateshead International Stadium over the last 12 months including refurbishment of the Sports Hall, 3G artificial turf pitches and the gym. A further £1.3m will be invested in the stadium facilities in 2020 including resurfacing of the athletics track and new floodlighting.

Gateshead Council Leader, Councillor Martin Gannon said:

"Gateshead has a proud history of staging major sporting events with athletics at its heart, we know how much they can inspire young and old alike as well as helping boost our local economy.

"Hosting world-class athletics events will showcase Gateshead to an international audience and our 10-year athletics strategy which will includes an ambition to work with partners such as Newcastle City Council and Great Run Company to attract future major events will help realise our plans for future growth and regeneration over the next decade.

"We feel that the benefits stretch beyond allowing people in the North East the opportunity to see the best athletes in the world up close. They will also provide volunteering opportunities to local people to get involved and become healthier and more active."

To celebrate the return, North East track heroes Brendan Foster and Richard Kilty hosted a pre-Christmas masterclass with young athletes at Gateshead International StadiumTen and 11-year-olds from Gateshead Harriers and Morpeth Harriers will come together at the Müller Grand Prix next summer, to attempt a unique relay to match Foster's 3000m time of 7:35:1 which earned him the world record in Gateshead in 1974.

Brendan Foster CBE said:"The return of the Müller Grand Prix to the North East is a huge moment for athletics in this region. Having the best athletes in the world competing once again at the Gateshead International Stadium on 16 August, will inspire young athletes and sports fans here, especially with the increased excitement for athletics that an Olympic year brings.

"I've competed many times at this historic stadium, and have experienced first-hand the support, enthusiasm and warmth of North East sports fans, so the current athletics stars are in for a treat. The young athletes from local clubs that will also get the chance to race Müller Grand Prix are set to have an unforgettable experience which I hope will keep them engaged with the sport for many years to come."

Richard Kilty said: "I'm so excited that the Müller Grand Prix is returning to Gateshead and can't wait until 16 August. It will mean so much to the athletes from this area to see and, in some cases, get the opportunity to compete on the same stage as the biggest stars in the world.

"Being part of the crowd at an international meet of this calibre, at the Gateshead International Stadium, is an amazing experience, that I believe could inspire lots of North East children to take part in athletics. It will also incentivise young athletes in the region to work even harder to achieve their dream of competing at the highest level."

Tickets for the Müller Grand Prix heading to Gateshead go on general sale at 10am on Thursday, 19 December. To book, visit https://www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics/online/

 

Athletics launch
18 December 2019

The world's best athletes will compete in the North East next summer as international athletics returns to Gateshead.

Tickets will go on sale at 10am tomorrow morning (Thursday, 19 December) for the Müller Grand Prix, which takes place on 16 August and will be the first international grand prix meeting at Gateshead International Stadium since 2010. The event will also be held there in 2021 and 2024. 

World heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson is already confirmed for the IAAF Diamond League meeting which will also be the welcome home event for British athletes returning from Tokyo 2020, and many newly-crowned Olympic champions and medallists from overseas will compete.

Book tickets

More than £1.1m has been invested in Gateshead International Stadium over the last 12 months including refurbishment of the Sports Hall, 3G artificial turf pitches and the gym. A further £1.3m will be invested in the stadium facilities in 2020 including resurfacing of the athletics track and new floodlighting.

Gateshead Council Leader, Councillor Martin Gannon said:

"Gateshead has a proud history of staging major sporting events with athletics at its heart, we know how much they can inspire young and old alike as well as helping boost our local economy.

"Hosting world-class athletics events will showcase Gateshead to an international audience and our 10-year athletics strategy which will includes an ambition to work with partners such as Newcastle City Council and Great Run Company to attract future major events will help realise our plans for future growth and regeneration over the next decade.

"We feel that the benefits stretch beyond allowing people in the North East the opportunity to see the best athletes in the world up close. They will also provide volunteering opportunities to local people to get involved and become healthier and more active."

To celebrate the return, North East track heroes Brendan Foster and Richard Kilty hosted a pre-Christmas masterclass with young athletes at Gateshead International StadiumTen and 11-year-olds from Gateshead Harriers and Morpeth Harriers will come together at the Müller Grand Prix next summer, to attempt a unique relay to match Foster's 3000m time of 7:35:1 which earned him the world record in Gateshead in 1974.

Brendan Foster CBE said:"The return of the Müller Grand Prix to the North East is a huge moment for athletics in this region. Having the best athletes in the world competing once again at the Gateshead International Stadium on 16 August, will inspire young athletes and sports fans here, especially with the increased excitement for athletics that an Olympic year brings.

"I've competed many times at this historic stadium, and have experienced first-hand the support, enthusiasm and warmth of North East sports fans, so the current athletics stars are in for a treat. The young athletes from local clubs that will also get the chance to race Müller Grand Prix are set to have an unforgettable experience which I hope will keep them engaged with the sport for many years to come."

Richard Kilty said: "I'm so excited that the Müller Grand Prix is returning to Gateshead and can't wait until 16 August. It will mean so much to the athletes from this area to see and, in some cases, get the opportunity to compete on the same stage as the biggest stars in the world.

"Being part of the crowd at an international meet of this calibre, at the Gateshead International Stadium, is an amazing experience, that I believe could inspire lots of North East children to take part in athletics. It will also incentivise young athletes in the region to work even harder to achieve their dream of competing at the highest level."

Tickets for the Müller Grand Prix heading to Gateshead go on general sale at 10am on Thursday, 19 December. To book, visit https://www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics/online/

 

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