Edwards and Foster chosen to represent Tyneside in Commonwealth Baton Relay

Jonathan Edwards is originally from Berkshire but now lives in Newcastle Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

The former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and the record-breaking distance runner Brendan Foster have been chosen to carry the Commonwealth Queen's Baton through Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Queen's Baton will already have visited 63 out of the 70 Commonwealth nations by the time it arrives in the British Isles on 10th May. It will travel through the Channel Islands, Wales and England, reaching Gateshead on June 23rd.

Brendan Foster, pictured with Tony Blair, promoting the Great North Run Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Brendan Foster, who also founded the Great North Run, will take up the Baton at the Angel of the North and carry it via the Gateshead International Stadium, where he broke the 3,000m world record in 1974. From there, he will take it to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and pass it on.

Jonathan Edwards, who takes up the Baton, will then lead the delegation to Newcastle Civic Centre and onwards to the Walker Activity Dome, which provides sporting activities to a range of people.

The Newcastle and Gateshead leg of the relay is the final stop on its English tour, before it moves on to Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.