Capital 800 metres hero Lynsey Sharp (Edinburgh AC) will clash with Scotland’s European 400 metres hurdles champion Eilidh Child (Pitreavie) over the “neutral” distance of 500m at the Newcastle City Games a week today.
This enterprising promotion is part of a series of street races along the Quayside of the Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead and will also include the Olympic 400m champion, Londoner, Christine Ohuruogu plus Sharp’s 800m rival, Wigan’s Jenny Meadows. It will be especially tough for the two Scots as they are both competing in the final Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels the night before and will have to fly straight back.
Sharp said: “I’m looking forward to the meeting as I’ve never run in a street race and I’ve always wanted to – it’s a really unique opportunity to run a 500m race and it’ll be fascinating to see how it turns out with the 400m and 400m hurdles runners against the 800m runners.”
Sharp has twice run against Child, both times over 400m, and lost each time. The first was in Bedford in 2008 and the second in London at the 2012 British Universities Championships. But over 500m, Child, whose best 400m this season was her opening leg of 51.30 secs for GB in their European Championships bronze medal run in Zurich, might still be difficult to beat for any of the others.