Residents urged to test walking and running routes in and around Olympic Park

The London Legacy Development Corporation overseeing the park has launched its first sport and healthy living project aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles.

To complete the Take 12 Challenge residents will need to do 12 hours of physical activity or travel 12km in distance between now and Christmas. Routes around the edges of the park are suggested, but the challenge can be completed anywhere.

The findings, looking at where and why people choose to run in different places, will help shape the full launch of Take 12 Challenge in the New Year.

Chief executive of the Legacy Corporation, Dennis Hone, said: “People living closest to the Park are less likely to be physically active than the average Londoner. We are committed to changing that.”

The full programme aims to reach 12,000 people with new routes being introduced around Olympic venues when the first section of the park begins to open from next July.

The pilot will include people from Waltham Forest, Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Barking and Dagenham and will run from now until Christmas.