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New event for North East sporting calendar

The World Champion athlete Steve Cram, and London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalist

Richard Whitehead, have been in Sunderland launching the Half Marathon of the North.

The Half Marathon is a new event for the North East sporting calendar and will be part of a major festival of running in Sunderland next year, alongside the Marathon of the North and the sunderland City 10k.

Richard Whitehead, one of the stars of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, set a new world record with his victory in the T42 200 metre final.

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Olympic masterclass for Spennymoor students

Students of the Taekwondo Club in Spennymoor got the chance to train with the Olympics star Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

One of Britain's Olympic gold medallists has been in County Durham giving coaching sessions in Taekwondo.

More than 160 students - both adults and children - were given the opportunity to take part in a masterclass from Jade Jones at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

The gold medallist from Wales made the trip to Spennymoor as part of a tour she is doing around the country, giving seminars to eager Taekwondo students nation-wide.

Jade Jones shows a Spennymoor Taekwondo student some of her moves Credit: ITV

The trip to the Spennymoor Club is also a special one as it is the former home of Jamie Abley, Jade Jones' sparring partner during the London 2012 Olympics, who is from Spennymoor and looks to be headed towards the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

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Stockton's very own piece of the Olympics

Preston Park Museum in Stockton has bagged its own piece of the 2012 Olympics - in the form of eighty Victorian costumes from the Olympic opening ceremony.

LOCOG, the organising committee for the Olympics, gave local authorities around the country the chance to get hold of some of the pieces used in the show.

Authorities could then apply for the costumes, and Stockton was one of the lucky chosen few.

The staff at Preston park believe that the costumes will add a greater sense of realism to its popular outdoor Victorian street.

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