Northumberland National Park is set to celebrate National Parks Week from July 30 – August 5, 2012.
This year’s National Parks Week is a UK-wide celebration of stunning landscapes, and in this, an Olympic year, the special week will acknowledge mountaineers, sailors, cyclists, runners and Olympic athletes who have sought to aim train harder than ever before, and make a super human effort to break a record.
Northumberland National Park will have some activities for the week, and you can find out more about what is happening and what to do and see by visiting www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk.
Whether you’re training for a triathlon or you just want a quiet day out in what is Britain’s most tranquil place, be sure to enjoy all that Northumberland National Park has to offer during National Parks Week 2012 – or at any time!
Athletes inspired by Northumberland National Park
Roger Uttley is a former England rugby captain. He stands out as a hero of the 1974 Lions tour to South Africa, and lives in Falstone, Northumberland, in the North Tyne Valley.
Roger played 23 games for the Lions as Lock between 1973 and 1980. He was team captain five times. He also played in four tests in England’s back row on the 1974 tour to South Africa, during which England was undefeated.
Roger has coached the successful London and South East divisional side in the mid to late 1980s before working with Geoff Cooke to coach and guide the England XV captained by Will Carling to the final of the 1991 World Cup.
Steve Cram was born in Northumberland and was one of the famous British middle distance runners in the 1980s. The trio included Steve, Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett.
At the young age of 12 Steve began his running career at the Jarrow and Hebburn Athletics Club aged 12. Nicknamed the Jarrow Arrow, Steve entered international athletics at 17 at the Commonwealth Games of 1978.
Steve was a member of the squad at the the famous 15000 meter race at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. The race saw Sebastian Coe overtake Steve Ovett, with the former winning gold.
Steve become the dominant force in British athletics and won the 1982 Commonwealth Games 1,500 metres title in Brisbane and the European Championships the same year. Steve then went went on to win the 1,500 metres at the 1983 World Championships. He broke three world records in 1985 – the 1,500 metres, the mile and the 2,000 metres.
UK Athletics on Steve Cram: www.uka.org.uk/steve-cram
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