Exclusive places for Newham residents in Olympic Stadium’s first event

Brendan Forster, Chairman of Nova, Dominique Allen (Olympian - basketball), Yvette Baker (Olympian

Brendan Forster, Chairman of Nova, Dominique Allen (Olympian - basketball), Yvette Baker (Olympian - synchronised swimming), Sir Robin Wales, Mo Farah (Olympian and gold medal winning runner), Kim Bromley-Derry, Newham Chief Executive, Sophie Hosking (Olympian and gold medal winning rower), Maddie Thompson (Paralympian wheelchair basketball), Andy Duncan Managing Director Camelot UK, Dennis Hone chairman of the LLDC - Credit: Archant

Exclusive places are being held for Newham residents to run on the same track as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, and Jessica Ennis.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Olympian Mo Farah.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Olympian Mo Farah. - Credit: Archant

Amateur runners can enter a ballot for 750 free spots in The National Lottery Anniversary Run which will be the first event to be held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Stadium since the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.

Up to 10,000 people can take part in the five-mile run on Sunday July 21 and tickets are on sale now on a first come first served basis.

If the thought of running five miles is too much and you want to make the event more of a family affair, there are 2,000 places available on a shorter run that children can take part in with an accompanying adult.

The run was launched on Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford by Olympians including long-distance superstar Mo Farah, synchronised swimmer Yvette Baker, rower Sophie Hosking (Olympian and gold medal winning rower), and wheelchair basketball player Maddie Thompson.

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Mo said: “It is fitting that the first people to run on the track since the end of London 2012 will be members of the British public, who did so much to make the Olympic and Paralympic Games such a success.

“Running down the home straight to win Gold for Britain last summer was one of the greatest experiences of my life and it is wonderful that people will experience the chance to run on the track as part of The National Lorry Anniversary Run.”

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Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales and the council’s chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry also joined representatives from their partners the London Legacy Development Corporation, Camelot and Nova International.

Sir Robin said: “With 750 free places for Newham residents and 1,500 guests, this is the first community benefit from our part ownership of the Olympic Stadium.

“We have worked tirelessly to secure a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games for our residents.”

For more information on how to apply for tickets, visit www.nationallotteryrun.com.

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