Friday, 16 September 2011


Tomorrow (Saturday 17th) sees the return of the unique, Great North City Games, part of the Bupa Great North Run weekend 2011, and Trackspeed1 sprinter James Ellington will be taking on the Americans in a unique event.

Top international athletes from both sides of the Atlantiic go head-to-head on a purpose built track on the streets of Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, and James will contest the 150m for Great Britain.

As in previous years, the Great North CityGames 2011 is a completely free event that offers spectators the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in sport and even if you can’t make it to Newcastle all the action will be televised live on BBC 1 from 1:30PM. 

Now in its third year, the CityGames event will play out one of the greatest rivalries in international sport; with the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland team taking on their American counterparts over six disciplines including the pole vault, long jump, track sprints and road races.
Tune in to see James rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in athletics compete for the last time before 2012.

Aviva GB&NI Team


100m - Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Christian Malcolm
110mH - William Sharman, Andy Turner
150m - Marlon Devonish, James Ellington
1 Mile - Andrew Osagie, Bruce Raeside
2 Mile - Mo Farah, Jonny Mellor, Andy Vernon, James Wilkinson
Long Jump -  Ezekiel Ewulo, JJ Jegede


100mH - Ashley Helsby, Sara McGreavy
150m - Anyika Onuora, Abi Oyepitan
1 Mile - Hannah England, Jenny Meadows, Emma Pallant
Pole Vault - Holly Bleasdale, Lucy Bryan

Team USA


100 - Ivory Williams, Jeff Porter
150 - Walter Dix, Maurice Mitchell
1 Mile - Bernard Lagat, Kyle Miller, Donald Cowart
2 Miles - Scott Bauhs, A J Acosta, Brian Olinger, Jeff See 
110h - David Oliver, Jason Richardson
Long Jump - Dwight Phillips, Jeremy Hicks


150 - Carmelita Jeter, Virginia Crawford
100H - Dawn Harper, Danielle Carruthers
PV - April Steiner Bennett, Becky Holliday

James Ellington's final appearance on the circular track ended with a 10.42 (-0.7m/s) 100m outing in the B-race at the IAAF Grand Prix in Zagreb on Tuesday.  

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