Tees region gets set to be part of North-East’s biggest sporting weekend

All eyes will be on Tees Valley this summer as the region gets set to host a raft of exciting events including action-packed sporting event, the Great North CityGames, which come to Stockton-on-Tees for the first time in September.

The Great North CityGames, normally held in NewcastleGateshead, is staged the day before the Simplyhealth Great North Run and is an established highlight in an action packed sporting weekend.

On Saturday September 7, thousands will enjoy this incredible spectacle in the heart of Stockton town centre.

The high street will be transformed to host world-class athletes taking part in contests and events held throughout the day. Free entry is available to all spectators, as they watch top-class sportsmen and women from all over the world compete alongside North-East talent.

Last year’s games attracted several big-name athletes, including Scottish distance runner Laura Muir, then newly-named the 2018 European Champion, who battled against rival Eilish McColgan over the mile.

Those that want to be a part of the action can get involved by signing up for the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k (www.greatrun.org/great-tees-10k) or give the little ones a go with the Simplyhealth Great Tees Junior and Mini Runs (www.greatrun.org/great-tees-10k/junior-and-mini-great-tees-run).

Both take place ahead of the Great North CityGames on Saturday September 7. Entries are open now. To register or for more details visit www.greatrun.org/tees10k.

The Great North CityGames is just one of the major events happening in the area this summer as Middlesbrough welcomes BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May, the Take That Greatest Hits concert comes to the Riverside Stadium in June and the Darlington Arena hosts Jess Glynne in August.

Stockton high street will be transformed throughout the summer to stage the world renowned Stockton International Riverside Festival (August), live music and comedy at Stockton Stages (June) and sporting challenges such as the Cycling festival (July).

It’s not only the jam-packed events calendar that make Tees Valley the perfect destination for your next adventure – you can discover the Olympic Standard Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, overlooked by Air Trail – the biggest climbing adventure course of its kind in the UK.

You can be brave and take a leap from the only bridge in England that you can bungee jump off – the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough. Take to the water at Hartlepool Marina and try jet skiing, paddle boarding and power boating. Catch a show at the only dedicated children’s theatre north of London, The Hullabaloo in Darlington, or explore stunning countryside and coastline in Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland including the pretty, Victorian seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

To plan your visit and for more ideas on what’s on and things to do in Tees Valley go to www.enjoyteesvalley.com.