Newham

1,000 free places on offer for the 2017 Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run

22 February 2017 in 2012 Games and legacy and Mayor
Newham residents are being given the chance to find out what it feels like to be an Olympian with 1,000 free places available for the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run in July.
The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, has once again secured free places for  the annual event in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which finishes in the London Stadium. The event, is now a firm fixture in the running calendar, and will take place on Sunday 2 July.

As well as the 1,000 free tickets for the 10km run, there will also be 250 places available for people wanting to take part in the 2.3km Simplyhealth Great Newham London Family Run which is also staged on the day. The free places for both events will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Last year more than 15,000 runners took part in the two events which culminated in competitors crossing the finish line in the former Olympic Stadium.

Now in its eighth year the run is part of the national Great Run series, founded by former Olympic 10,000m Bronze medallist Brendan Foster CBE. It was announced this year that Simplyhealth has become the new title sponsor of Great Run, the UKs biggest mass participation running events series.

The 10km route starts beneath the ArcelorMittal Orbit and takes in the Lee Valley Velopark and London Aquatics Centre before runners enter the Stadium to finish the race..  The Family Run starts on the South Lawn and also finishes in the Stadium.

Competitors  are encouraged to take family and friends to cheer them as they enter the Stadium and finish the race.

Everyone finishing the 10km will receive  a bag with a t-shirt and medal. The Family Run starts after the 10km event has finished with everyone completing the course receiving a medal.

Those who do not get a free place can book their spot in the 10km run for £32 and in the family event for £9 per person. People must be 15 or over to take part in the 10km run, and five or over to take part in the family event.

Brendan Foster, chairman of the Great Run Company, said: “We can’t wait to welcome the residents of Newham to the start line of this year’s event.

"The Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run is a celebration of everything that’s fantastic about this borough and it’s a great way for the whole family to get active and enjoy the incredible facilities on your doorstep in the Olympic Park.”

Sir Robin said “I am delighted that once again we have secured free places for Newham residents to take part in this prestigious and unforgettable event.

“The event has grown over the years and our aim is to make this as big as the Simplyhealth Great North Run. What better incentive could there be for people to take part in the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run than the opportunity to run in the former Olympic Stadium.”

To apply for the free places, which are non-transferrable, people should visit www.greatrun.org/newham-residents

For more information on the Great Newham London Run visit  www.greatrun.org/great-newham-london-run