GREG Rutherford ended his medal-laden athletics career at the Great North CityGames on the banks of the Tyne.
The 31-year-old long jumper competed in the very first meeting in 2009, and brought the curtain down on a glittering career at the event’s tenth anniversary on Saturday.
He did not end with a victory, however, and settled for third place as home-grown long jumper Jack Roach took the win.
All eyes were on the Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion though - he was given a champagne reception from his Great Britain teammates as thousands of supporters stopped for autographs and selfies.
Rutherford said: “I’ve had a lovely time today. It was a great way to end things by competing here. I love street athletics, it’s something I’ve been doing since 2009, it’s something I’ve wanted to get behind and I’m a huge advocate for them.
“This is a great way of showcasing the sport. There are kids and adults out there who are seeing this for the first time and it’s a great way to get into the sport.
“To finish my career here in the place where I have family connections is very special, I’ve loved every minute.”
Rutherford jumped 7.38 to take third, with James Lelliott second in 7.39. Roach’s winning jump was 7.41.
In the women’s long jump, Jazmin Sawyers’ 6.45 saw the British talent finish in first ahead of Abigail Irozuru with 6.26 and Sarah Abram’s third with 5.92.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, Nadine Hildebrand won in 13.10 from Eefje Boons in 13.20. Great Britain’s Yasmin Miller was third in 13.60.
Dwayne Cowan won the men’s 500m in 59.84, with Spain’s Alvaro de Arriba second in 59.93 ahead of Mark English, who clocked 1.00.38 for third.
In the women’s 500m, Anyika Onuora eased to victory in 1.06.94 with Lynsey Sharp second in 1.07.73 and Mary Abichi third in 1.08.19.
Orlando Ortega was the favourite for the men’s 110m hurdles, and the Spaniard did not disappoint, clocking 13.44 to take the victory from Shane Brathwaite second in 13.62 and Britain’s David King third in 13.62.
Jonnie Peacock marked his return from a year out of the sport with a second-placed finish in the T64/T44 100m. His 11.08 was not enough to better Germany’s Felix Streng who took a CityGames record to finish in 10.85. Greece’s Michail Seitis was third in 11.59.
In the women’s 150m, Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye took the victory in 16.49 from Daryll Neita in 16.80, with Jodie Williams third in 16.97.
Reece Prescod ended his season in some style, clocking 14.87 in the men’s 150m. British teammate Harry Aikines-Aryeetey was second in 15.13 while Canada’s Brendon Rodney was third in 15.31.
For the first time in the event's history, the men's and women's mile moved from NewcastleGateshead to Stockton on Tees in the south of the region.
Laura Muir led the names announced for the distance, and the European 1500m champion took the win on the Stockton riverside, just edging out Holland's Susan Krumins with both clocking 4.33. Great Britain's Jess Judd was third in 4.35.
Muir said: "I wouldn’t have been happy with any other result today.”
“I put in quite a big kick quite far out and had to try and maintain that to the finish. Luckily I managed to get there in first place."
In the men's mile, Jordan Williamsz won for the second year running, closely followed by Abdelaati Iguider in 4.11, with Paul Robinson clocking 4.12 just ahead of Robbie Fitzgibbon.
Meanwhile, back on Tyneside, Holly Bradshaw took a straightforward victory in the pole vault, jumping 4.55. Opting to enter proceedings at 4.35, Bradshaw’s nearest competition Stefanie Dauber and Jade Ive both fouled three times leaving the British record holder with a clear path to the win.