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North East mega-weekender: world-class sporting events taking place in our region

Mega-weekender in the North East starts Friday 6 September 2019 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees / Great Run / SWPix.com

Whether you fancy watching the world's leading cyclists, rugby players or elite athletes, the North East is the place to be this weekend.

World Cup warmups to an iconic half marathon, you can take your pick.

England and Italy kicks off a thrilling weekend of sport in the city which includes the Great North Run and a stage of the Tour of Britain, which finishes in Newcastle city centre on Monday.

  • Here's a brief rundown of what's happening over the next few days

FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER:

It's billed as a warm-up for the Rugby World Cup 2020 in Japan and will take place in the North East's largest stadium. England take on Italy at St James' Park.

SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER:

For the first time in 2019, the Great North CityGames will come to Tees Valley, where thousands are expected to turn out in Stockton town centre.
Events include the Great Tees 10k, Mini or Junior Run.

SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER:

Around 57,000 people are registered to take part in the 39th annual Great North Run. The half-marathon between Newcastle and South Shields sees thousands lining the streets to support the runners and watch the elite races.

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER:

Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain will start in Berwick and finish in Newcastle City Centre. Spectators can watch the race from the streets of Wooler, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Alnwick, Warkworth, Morpeth, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, North Shields and Wallsend.

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER:

Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain will pass the iconic Angel of the North, through to Whickham and Blaydon, before heading into County Durham and the North Pennines.

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