Special Olympics athletics competition in Northwood

Heading for the finish line, athletes race at Northwood Stadium Photo: Leon Troth

Around 200 athletes from across the West Midlands are going for gold at the Northwood Stadium this weekend as part of the Special Olympics Athletics Competition.

Competitors from across the region will take part in track and field competitions, including 3000 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres races, standing long jump, shot putt, and the pentathlon.

Medals presentations will take place after each event and there will be an opening ceremony for each of the teams taking part.

Sixteen-year-old Alicia Bradshaw (right) won the 200m race Credit: Leon Troth

The Special Olympics Athletics Competition which is being held at Northwood Stadium, near the City Centre. The competition takes place on the day the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK at Lands End.

"I'm hugely excited that this Special Olympics competition is taking place in Stoke-on-Trent.

It's an area that I'm actively involved in and one that I'm very passionate about.

I hope local people take the time to come and support these inspirational young men and women during what should be an exciting competition."

– Councillor Matt Fry, Special Olympics fundraiser and promoter

The torch will visit Stoke-on-Trent later in the month.