Olympic gold medallist visits Tyneside
by Richard Wilson
Olympic long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford was on Tyneside today (Tuesday) to train young athletes on a pop-up running track which was laid in a busy shopping mall.
He will also be competing in the Great North City Games on the Quayside next month where the British will take on the USA.
Rutherford: Hoping to inspire others
Greg took a training session at the Eldon Square shopping centre as part of the launch event.
He won gold at London 2012 long jump and says now it's his turn to inspire others.
Team GB Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Rutherford helps launch CityGames
Greg Rutherford shared his tips with promising young local athletes, putting them through their paces on a pop-up track in Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle.
Now entering its fifth year, the Great North CityGames has become an established part of the region's sports calendar.
Staged the day before the Bupa Great North Run, the event hosts athletes from Great Britain & Northern Ireland competing with their rivals from the USA.
Last year crowds reached an estimated 15,000.
The free event gives crowds the opportunity to see performances from some of the most recognisable names in international sport.