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Olympians join Pam and Ian in the studio to launch Kielder Marathon

Olympians Steve Cram and Daley Thompson joined Pam and Ian in the studio to launch the fourth year of the Kielder Marathon.

The marathon has been expanded and will now encompass other events like different running and biking races - so that everyone can get involved.

Watch what happened when they popped in to visit below.

To find out how you can register for this year's Kielder Marathon, or for any of the events on offer, click here.

"We've tried to create a whole weekend of activities and events"

Olympic stars Steve Cram and Daley Thompson have launched this year's Kielder Marathon in the North East.

The event takes place in October and is in its fourth year, now attracting an international following.

Organisers claim that the Kielder Marathon is one of the most scenic events in the sporting calendar, and with several different running and biking races organised to take place over two days, there is something for everyone to take part in.

Olympian and event organiser Steve Cram spoke to ITV News about what those taking part could expect from this year's event.


Olympians launch Kielder Marathon

Olympic gold medalist Steve Cram is launching the fourth Kielder Marathon in the region today.

The sports star will be joined by Olympic decathalon gold medal holder Daley Thompson.

Olympic decathalon gold medal holder Daley Thompson Credit: ITV News

The weekend of events set to take place at Kielder Water will be held in October and will also include a 10 kilometre run, bike races and junior races.

Torchbearer has wheelchair stolen in Newcastle

A teenager who carried the Olympic Torch and lit the cauldron on Tyneside ahead of the London 2012 games has had his wheelchair stolen.

15-year-old William Hardy from Newcastle William lost his legs to meningitis as a toddler and was the last torchbearer to carry the Olympic flame on its journey through the region.

William's wheelchair was taken from outside of a house in Jesmond at the weekend.

Aerobics event to boost fitness and continue Olympic legacy

People of all ages are being invited to flex their muscles at an aerobathon in Sunderland as part of a series of events to boost fitness and build on the legacy of the London Olympics.

A programme of events is being delivered by Sunderland City Council's Sport and Leisure department.

The first of these, the BIG Aerobathon, takes place on February 20 at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in the city, with workouts for families, children and young people.

The main session for anyone aged over 14 will take place from 6pm to 9pm and includes five 30-minute workouts - aerobics, Zumba, hula fitness, dance aerobics and pilates/stretch - with experienced fitness instructors.

Participants can take part in as many as they want for £6.

"Building on the successes of the Sunderland in 2012 programme, this event promises to be bigger and better.

It aims to attract people of all ages and abilities to take part in fun physical activity that will inspire them to continue to exercise on a regular basis."

– Councillor John Kelly


Jarrow Pool opened by Paralympic Champion

Teenage swimming star Josef Craig has officially opened the new Jarrow Community Pool today.

The new 4 million pound facility, which is attached to Jarrow School, was unveiled by the Paralympic champion at a ceremony this morning.

Josef Craig was then first to take a dip in the million pound pool.

The 15-year-old, who is originally from the North East, was recently honoured with an MBE and the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Paralympic hero "honoured" by MBE award

Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig has described 2012 as "the best year of my life".

The 15-year-old swimmer, from South Shields, is among those recognised in the New Year Honours list. He has been awarded an MBE for services to Paralympic Sport.

He said: "I'm really proud of everything that's happened and I feel really honoured that I've been part of such a big part of the year.

"An MBE is one of the greatest honours a person can be bestowed on them. For me to be even considered to have one, I feel utterly privileged and honoured."

Craig hit the headlines in the summer when he won Paralympic gold and broke the world record in the Men's 400 freestyle event at London 2012.

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