On Saturday 19 September 09 the inaugural Great North City Games was held on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides. Teams from England and Australia competed in a number of track and field events throughout the day. England won the event convincingly 10-1.
The first event on the specially constructed track by the River Tyne was the women's 100m hurdles. Sarah Claxton was an easy winner in 13.17 seconds.
The women's Great North Two Mile race was spectacularly close. England's Charlotte Purdue, only 18, was declared the winner after a stunning late finish to overhaul Australia's Benita Willis.
Twenty-year-old Hannah England - of England - was a runaway winner in the women's mile.
The men's Great North Mile race was closer. England's Andy Baddeley beat off his team-mate Mo Farah to win in just over four minutes.
Andy Baddeley celebrates his victory
William Sharman (right) pipped Andy Turner in the final stride to win the men's 110m hurdles in 13.53 seconds, one-hundredth of a second faster than his England team-mate.
English athlete Andy Turner gives a thumbs up for the cameras.
Two of the competitors in the men's 60m race take a look at the big screen to see who has won, after an extremely close finish. Edgar, the favourite, was beaten by his team-mate Richard Kilty, one of the more surprising results of the day.
Richard Kilty signals he's number one after winning the men's 60m race.
Spectators lined the bank between The Sage Gateshead and Baltic to watch the events on the track. A big screen meant they could also keep up-to-date with the long jump competition taking place on the other side of the River Tyne.
Marlon Devonish won the men's 150m in a British-best 14.88 seconds ahead of team-mate Jeffry Lawal-Balogun.
England team captain Christine Ohuruogu brought the curtain down on the event on the banks of the Tyne by winning the women's 150m race. Montell Douglas finished second.
The Olympic 400m champion looked very relaxed. She said: "It's always nice to bring our sport to people who wouldn't otherwise go to stadiums to watch us compete."
After the final event the two teams of athletes walked up and down the track to thank the spectators and then celebrated by forming a tunnel with their hands for each other to run through.
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