Sir Robin Wales is running to the Olympic Stadium on Sunday


- Credit: Newham Council

On Sunday, Newham residents have the opportunity to return to the Olympic Stadium as part of the Morrisons Great Newham London Run - and I’ll be lacing up my trainers and joining them on the start line for this amazing event at our stadium.

Earlier this month we marked the 10th anniversary of London winning the bid for the 2012 Games and we reflected on the legacy achievements that have been made, including the ongoing regeneration of a deprived part of East London.

However, the opportunity to create a sporting legacy, one of the country’s key commitments when we won the bid, was almost lost as the initial plans for the stadium post-Games were to see it stripped back to become an athletics-only venue.

Thankfully they listened to us and we were prepared to put our money where our mouth is to ensure the stadium became a lasting benefit for our community as well as the national competition centre for athletics in the UK as well as the home ground for West Ham United.

Newham Council played a significant part in securing this legacy. Our wise investment was a no brainer and our residents will reap the benefits for years to come. At the weekend we get an early peek at this transformation work.

The Morrisons Great Newham London Run is the first event to take place in the stadium since it closed for work to take place. It is only right our residents get the first chance to see it in action ahead of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games later this month and Rugby World Cup 2015 later in the year.

For every Newham resident running, they get to take two guests in to watch them. With 1,000 Newham residents in the main run and 250 in the family run, all for free, it means we can all experience our own 2012 Games-style moment crossing the famous finish line where Mo Farah and others won gold for Great Britain.

And that’s all thanks to the investment and foresight of Newham Council. More from Sir Robin

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