Newham

Priority offer for Newham residents to purchase iconic London 2012 running track

22 July 2016 in 2012 Games and legacy
Newham residents have been given priority to own a piece of the iconic London 2012 track before it goes on sale on Monday (25 July).
​The unique sporting memorabilia was mainly taken from the 100m straight when the track was removed as part of the stadium transformation works. It is now being made available for members of the public to own. Newham residents and British Athletics supporters are being given priority over the weekend to purchase the track before it goes on general sale on Monday.

Proceeds from the sale of the track will go back into maintaining and operating the London Marathon Community Track and the London Stadium. Sections of the track are also being gifted to local schools, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Gold medalists and other partners. A new track has been laid in time for this summer’s major athletics events including the Müller Anniversary Games this weekend.

The Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “This track helped create some of the most iconic moments from the 2012 Games and this is the opportunity to own a piece of history. It is great Newham residents have been given a priority period to purchase this weekend.

“Our investment in the stadium has helped to deliver a world class athletics venue and an important community asset. This year alone we have already secured more than 1,500 free places at the recent Great Newham London Run and Family Fun Run, over 3,000 places for school children in the Go Run for Fun and 140 tickets for residents for this weekend’s Anniversary Games. The Community Track will be the home of the Newham and Essex Beagles and the London Stadium will continue to host community events. Through our investment, we wanted to ensure a lasting Olympic legacy and being able to offer our residents the chance to take the historic track home is one of the many ways we can ensure they are part of this.

David Edmonds, Chair of E20 Stadium LLP said: “World records were broken on it and incredible sporting moments were made during the fantastic summer of 2012. The track from the former Olympic Stadium holds many amazing memories so we’re delighted to offer the opportunity for people to own a piece and treasure it forever.”

British Athletics Chief Executive Niels de Vos said: “The track at the former Olympic Stadium is iconic. Athletes such as Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Hannah Cockroft and David Weir all produced incredible performances on this track at London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and this is your chance to have your own piece of history.”

Only a limited amount of track is available, with products starting from £60. General sale starts on Monday 25 July with the resident offer ending on Sunday 24 July at midnight. Products can be purchased from www.london2012track.com