Former Olympian Steve Cram will be teeing off this morning in the name of charity at Slaley Hall in Northumberland. The Jarrow-born track and field legend will be joined by other celebrities to raise money for his charity, Comrades of Children Overseas.
Steve Cram, the chancellor of Sunderland University, has said that talented young sports people should be given the chance to go to university, even if their exam results are lower than expected.
The Olympian suggested that UK universities should be offering more sports scholarships.
In an interview with the Times Higher Education magazine, Mr Cram said the UK had caught up with the United States in terms of the sports facilities at its universities.
But he added:
"Where we maybe haven't caught up in the education sector is in accepting that there is nothing wrong with having a good sports programme."
"I think we should be offering more, we should be able to offer sports scholarships and yes, bend over a little bit if someone isn't quite, if the exams, the results, aren't quite what we want them to be," he said.
Mr Cram, who won silver in the 1,500m at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, added that if these students "might have a chance of going to the Olympic Games in the rowing team or the athletics team, then help them out".
He also said it was important to raise the image of sport in higher education.
"We should be looking to try and encourage other establishments, and even going further down in the education sector, to say these are the really good places for young sports people to have the right environment in which to develop, carry on with their academic career while training."
"The danger is that everyone thinks if I'm not going to Loughborough or going to Bath, then I've got no chance of succeeding, and we don't want that.
"We want to have lots of other satellite places where we're still delivering the broad introduction but right through to high performance if we can."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman says she loved the experience of her first major international final, after finishing in 11th place in the 1500m.
Speaking on BBC Sport after the race, the 21 year old runner from Alnwick thanked her supporters and her coach, Steve Cram, and said the crowd at the Olympic Park "were brilliant".
Already looking ahead, Laura added, "I really believe there's a lot more from me in the future, and this is a good platform to push me on now."
Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman achieved her dream of racing in an Olympic final tonight.
The 21 year old Morpeth Harrier finished in 11th place, in a time of 4:15.60.
The final was a slower race than the semi-final on Wednesday night, in which Laura recorded a personal best of 4:02.99.
Laura has been coached for the Games by Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram.
The North East will be represented at the1500m Olympic final tonight.
21 year old Laura Weightman from Alnwick is coached by Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Steve Cram.
Laura, who is a member of the Morpeth Harriers, has been training in Hexham in the run-up to the Olympics.
She made it through to the final, after recording a new personal best of 4:02:99 in the semi-final on Wednesday.
Tonight's race starts at 2055hrs.