National Lottery invites you to be one of the first to run in the 2012 Stadium

By Newham.com / 3 October 2011

National Lottery invites you to be one of the first to run in the 2012 Stadium

Be one of the first to run in the Olympic Stadium

National Lottery invites you to be one of the first to run in the 2012 Stadium

Newham residents are invited to enter a historic run and be among the first people to run in the Olympic Stadium.

The National Lottery Olympic Park Run will take place on 31 March 2012 prior to the games starting in August. There are 5,000 places available and an additional 500 will be offered exclusively to Newham residents.

The five mile race will be the first public event staged in the Olympic Stadium. Participants will run across the Olympic Park alongside the other venues before crossing the finish line which will be located in the magnificent stadium. A host of former and current Olympic and Paralympic athletes and celebrity runners will also be taking part.

Sir Robin Wales, mayor of Newham said: "This is good news for Newham residents - this run will give them the first opportunity to see the magnificent stadium up close.

"Those that part will also get the chance to become a part of history as this will be the first sporting event held in the stadium. We want to inspire more young people to get involved in sport and fitness and we hope this run alongside our existing free sports programme will encourage more people get involved in physical activity."

Launching the ballot in the Olympic Park were Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, Olympic athlete Christine Ohuruogu who is from Stratford, Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Dianne Thompson, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator, Camelot.

For further information about the run go to www.nationallotteryrun.com. Newham residents who want to take part should check the Newham Mag for further information. 500 entrants will be selected at random and sent an online token which they will need to redeem in order to secure their place.

All entrants need to be over the age of 15. They will also need to verify they live in the borough of Newham.