Today is another big day for North East England. Recently we have had some brilliant sport events and now the big one has arrived…
I’m a rugby fan so its fantastic to be able to say we are hosting some of the Rugby World Cup games in the North East! I’m ready to start supporting at home with my family and also at work. We have a sweepstake (I got Italy in the draw) so I will be excitedly watching and hoping for a win. I will also be supporting the England team of course. Swing low sweet chariot!
Its great to have so many important sports events up in the North East. We already have premiership football and my rugby team the Newcastle Falcons playing each season but we have some big one-off races and competitions too. This summer has been pretty special for sport. First we had the Tour of Britain. This is the UK’s most prestigious cycle race and stage 4 and 5 came through the beautiful county of Northumberland.
I didn’t get to go and support due to work but the video at the top and the photo below show this fantastic cycle race. Thanks go to Samantha at North East Family Fun for the great video and to Andrew Gray, a local photographer for the stunning photo.
I was recently a spectator at the Great North Run 2015 and had a morning full of cheering and witnessing the determination and strength of over 57,000 runners. It is still one of the most uplifting days for me. I ran it last year and will do it again in the future. I loved the route and seeing iconic parts of my home region. It gives everyone a big boost and invites people from all over the world to come and enjoy the North East.
The North East England sport events always have a great atmosphere and the ones I attended this year were safe and positive. I don’t go to nearly enough sport games but I will try to support local competitions more now. I think that great things happen when people get behind each other and give a bit of support.
One of the best bits is feeling part of something big. The chants and singing your team’s song or cheering and clapping. That feeling of elation when England score or you see an Olympic runner like Mo Farrah run past. The display from the Red Arrows is incredible each year during the Great North Run. It all adds to the excitement.
Now we welcome rugby teams from all over the world. I couldn’t be more proud!
The North East of England is a very vibrant and exciting place to live right now. For people visiting, look into the great sport events being held here. I’m sure there will be many more in the future.