Newham Beagles patron still feels the Olympic legacy at Great Newham London Run
PUBLISHED: 12:32 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 22 June 2017
Newham resident feels the legacy of 2012 every time she runs in the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run.
Adele Stach-Kevit, who was the head of transport business for London 2012’s organising committee, was there first-hand to witness the transformation of Stratford for London’s golden summer.
Five years on from the London Games, she still looks back with the same warm glow in the use of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for events like the run.
“When I’m in the park I feel calmer, more relaxed,” she said.
“I obviously enjoy it because it’s a beautifully designed park but you see happy people in a stressful city.”
Responsible for ensuring transport for athletes, Adele believes that the key to the success of London 2012 was the spirit of the people that visited.
Now she believes it’s crucial that the same people are allowed to return to that park and enjoy their own Olympic moment when they finish the run inside the famous London Stadium.
“I think running on the track becomes a life memento for anyone who takes part in either the 10k or the 2k family run,” she admitted.
“If children in London can say, I went and raced in the London Stadium where Mo Farah won his first two gold medals, or, I ran around the aquatics centre where Ellie Simmonds won a gold medal, I think that becomes a really special souvenir.”
She also believes that the run is crucial to the Olympic legacy.
“We’re still continuing the legacy plans because you only have to look at the building projects still underway to see we’re constantly adapting the park to the needs of the city.”
Adele is co-patron of Newham and Essex Beagles, the running club that featured Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu and will don her vest alongside her teammates.
She insists she’ll run for enjoyment because she believes that the run is a celebration for everyone to share.
“The key message for me is that the people make the park, so if we can come together and celebrate these wonderful events, it’s a lovely way to say thank you to one another.”
The Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run is organised in partnership with Newham Council and takes place at the London Stadium on July 2. Sign up at www.greatrun.org/newham.
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