Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GREATNORTHCITY Games Is a Fresh Start for Star Jo; Newcastle Event Is Just the Start of Pavey's Road to Rio 2016

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GREATNORTHCITY Games Is a Fresh Start for Star Jo; Newcastle Event Is Just the Start of Pavey's Road to Rio 2016

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Byline: Mark Smith Twitter: @markismith50 Facebook: www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby

JO Pavey admits today's Morrisons Great North City Games feels like the start of a new season, having deliberately missed the track championships.

The European 10,000m champion runs in the two-mile race atthe free event on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside, which is expected to attract up to 25,000 spectators.

Pavey said: "It will almost be like a first-race feel for me in the two-mile because normally you are at the end of your season, but I chose to sit out the track season this year.

"It is going to be a sudden shock, but I am excited to be back out there and starting my autumn racing on the road.

"I just decided at the start of the year that I was so happy just to be competing at all because I thought I would have retired by now - it just seemed a great way to get a balance of family and children with still managing to compete.

"I am still training and road racing despite sitting out the track championships, and I am still motivated to make the Olympic team for Rio next year. I know that will be hard because I am older and there are good girls out there, but that is my massive challenge."

The 41-year-old added: "I did one Great North City Games a while ago. At the time it was just one mile because it was only a single lap of the circuit, but I found it really challenging.

"I am not a good cross countrytype runner, and the speed at which you have to run over bridges and round bollards was quite difficult. It is a lovely setting for it down on the Quayside, though, and it is great to have that mass interest.

"We want people to be interested in athletics and we have to take the sport to them to show how exciting it is. Young kids seeing it in the flesh might want to get more involved if they don't get the chance to go to the stadium events, and that is what we need. …

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