If like us you're feeling a little sleepy this morning, but truly inspired after the first week of the Olympic Games, now is the time to get involved, get active and try out a new sport right here in NewcastleGateshead.

Great North City Games


It's less than a month until the Great North Run, when over 50,000 people line up on the start line. Whilst it's too late to take part in this year's run, make sure you come down and cheer everyone on including Gold medal winner Mo Farah  who is confirmed to be taking part. On the Saturday, the Quayside is the place to be, for the Great North City Games when some of Team GB will be competing in pole vault, long jump, sprints and distance runs. www.greatrun.org

Newcastle Falcons

Rugby Sevens

Give rugby a try. Rugby Sevens is a short, fast and action packed version of Rugby Union. Seven players per side play for seven minutes per half and Team GB silver medal winners included Newcastle Falcons Marcus Watson. Head down to Kingston Park to cheer on the Newcastle Falcons when their season kicks off on 2nd September. www.newcastlefalcons.co.uk

Cycle Hub


Team GB is certainly dominating the track in Rio with four gold, two silver and one bronze medal (so far!) The North East is a great place to give cycling a try with miles of stunning coast and countryside to explore. The Cycle Hub on the Quayside lives and breathes cycling day in day out and a knowledgeable team is on hand to advise on equipment and maintenance or cycle routes to explore. If you are feeling adventurous, Saddle Skedaddle runs guided tours all over the world. www.skedaddle.co.uk

Stepney Bank Stables


OK so you may not be the next Charlotte Dujardin, but horse riding is a great sport. Whether you're an adrenaline junky or looking for quiet relaxation and stress relief, horse riding could be the sport for you. And it doesn't have to cost the Earth. Head down to Stepney Bank Stables - they will provide all the equipment you need (including the horse!) and qualified instructors to help you get started. www.stepneybank.co.uk/


Last night we saw Justin Rose win the gold medal and the North East boasts some of the best golf courses in the country. Whether it's five-star championship courses, a dramatic links course on the stunning Northumberland coast line or crazy golf with the kids. It's a game for all ages and abilities, and means you're getting some excerise whilst catching up with friends at a leisurely pace. Most clubs offer taster sessions or beginner courses and club pro's will be on hand to help and advise on the right equipment for you. www.englandgolf.org/


If you've got a head for heights, Newcastle will get its first trampoline park at The Centre for Sport on West Road as part of a £3m investment programme into the city's leisure centres. The centre is due to open in the autumn, allowing plenty of time for budding Olympians to practice for Tokyo in 2020. http://extreme.better.org.uk/newcastle




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