British running legend Jo Pavey celebrates ten thousand 'local running heroes' at the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run

3 July 2017 in 2012 Games and legacy and Sport and leisure
Former European 10,000m champion and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey started the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run 10km and Family Run 2km today (Sunday 02 July) which saw 10,000 people take part in one of Britain’s most iconic mass participation events.
Pavey, who won the 10,000m gold medal at the 2014 European Championships, was an honorary guest for this year’s run alongside the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales and Chairman of the Great Run Series, Brendan Foster.

While Pavey took part in the Family Run, Sir Robin took part in the 10km along with 1,000 Newham residents who have gained free places through Newham Council, which organises the run in partnership with the Great Run Company.

The Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run 10km and Family Run 2km looped around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before giving runners the only opportunity to run into the Stadium where Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill won Gold in 2012. This is the eighth year the event has been held.

Jo Pavey said: “Today is what running is really all about. It is wonderful to see so many people from Newham and across London taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run. It is a wonderful event and the Stadium finish is incredible. They are all local running heroes today.”

Assisted runner Khalid Elkhereiji took the honours as being the first person to cross the famous finish line. The first woman in the 10km to finish on the track was Lauren Deadman from Havering. Ahmed Abdulle was the first man to finish the 10K mass participation event – with the Ilford AC athlete competing in his first ever 10K event.

Brendan Foster, Chairman of the Great Run Company which organises the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run, said: “This venue is one of the greatest in the world and it is thrilling to see thousands of local people from Newham and across London have the chance to run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and on the Stadium track.”

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I am delighted Newham has once again played host to what is one of the key events in the running calendar.

“Seeing so many local people take part in the event with many others from across the country and making their own memories in this truly iconic venue is a fantastic sight.”

James Glover, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Simplyhealth said: “Seeing how thrilled and proud people are to cross the finish line in the iconic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is amazing. It really shows what an incredible event this is and what an achievement it is for people to finish a race where some of our greatest Olympic legends have competed. At Simplyhealth, our passion and purpose is all about helping people make the most of life through better everyday health. We want these fantastic events to get #millionsmoving and that includes those recovering from ill health, injury or those who have yet to enjoy the benefits and enjoyment of exercise”.