The Northern Rock Cyclone weekend is one of the biggest and most exciting weekends of cycling in the UK. For 2011, it thrilled cycling fans even more by bringing the National Elite Road Racing Championships and its star riders to the North East for the first time.

 

The weekend kicked off on Friday 24 June with the Leazes Criteriums – an evening of amateur and professional racing - around a fast and tight circuit in Newcastle’s Leazes Park. Thousands of fans lined the park to enjoy ad-hoc commentary from Tour de France legend Mark Cavendish, with Endura Racing’s Ian Wilkinson taking the win in the main elite race of the evening.

 

On Saturday, more than 4,000 riders of all types – from families to professional riders – signed up for the 33, 66 and 107 mile Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge rides. The event is the biggest mass bike ride to take place on open roads in the UK and brings thousands of cyclists to the North East.

All three routes made the most of Northumberland’s beautiful countryside and quiet roads as well as featuring well-stocked feed stations, electronic timing, free bike checks at Newcastle’s Cyclelogical bike shop and a personalised certificate for every rider.

 

On Sunday it was the turn of the professionals again as Northumberland played host to the men’s and women’s National Elite Road Racing Championships. Crowds flocked to the village of Stamfordham and the infamous Ryals climb to see Lizzie Armitstead take victory in the women’s race and Bradley Wiggins win the men’s race just a week before starting in the Tour de France.

 

The event is set to return – bigger than ever before – from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July 2012. For the first time ever it will include a new ride aimed at beginners and families on the Thursday night. Called the Tyne Six Bridges Leisure Ride, the it will feature two gentle routes of nine and 14.5 miles along the banks of the Tyne. Starting from Newcastle Quayside the rides will take in the Millennium, Tyne, Swing, High Level, Redheuth and Scotswood bridges. The rides, which are suitable for all ages, will start at 7pm on Thursday 28 June and will cost £6 for adults and children.

 

Entries for the 2012 Northern Rock Cyclone weekend are set to open in November. In the meantime you can win a free entry into the Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge by signing up to receive the latest event updates at www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk. You can also follow the event on Twitter @nrcyclone and on Facebook.

 

Congratulations were given to all the 25,000 runners who took part in the great event on 10 July , making this a record number of entries for one of London's greatest sporting events.

 

Races have sold out well in advance for the last six years, and with next year's race being held in London only 11 days before the Olympic Games take place, it is expected that demand will far exceed the places available! Entries are open now to avoid disappointment.

 

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Run the 2012 British 10k run

 

 

This year's British 10k was started by the Lord Mayor Westminster Councillor Susie Marie Burbridge, to the sounds of the band of HM Life Guards. The British 10K London Run is the UK's leading mass participation 10km road race, which is staged on the world's greatest route through the heart of central London.

 

The race was won by Kenyan runner Ben Rotich in a very closely contested run. Ben finished the course in a time of 29:02, only a second ahead of his nearest rival!

 

The 2011 winning female was Getenesh Tamirat for the second year running!

Getenesh was over 30 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, with an excellent time of 34:25.

 

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