Stadium to reopen with the National Lottery Anniversary Run

24 April 2013 in 2012 Games and legacy and Events and Mayor and Sport and leisure
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales is inviting Newham residents to sign up for one of hundreds of exclusive free places in The National Lottery Anniversary Run and follow in the footsteps of world-class athletes.
L-R Brendan Foster, Chairman of Nova International, Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, Dominique Allen, women's basketball player
The National Lottery Anniversary Run on Sunday 21 July will be the first sporting event in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stadium since the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

The five-mile mass participation run is being held in association with Newham Council, The National Lottery and the London Legacy Development Corporation. It will be staged by Nova International.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales joined Olympic double gold medallist Mo Farah, basketball player Dominique Allen, synchronised swimmer Yvette Baker, rower Sophie Hoskins and wheelchair basketball player Maddie Thompson at the launch of The National Lottery Anniversary Run.

The event will give up to 10,000 members of the public the chance to follow in the footsteps of their sporting idols, running the final 300m to the stadium finish line on the same track that saw Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Jonnie Peacock and David Weir win gold medals.

The five-mile run will take participants on a course around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, past iconic venues including the Velodrome and the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The event also incorporates a one-mile family fun run. Both events culminate with participants running on the track in the former Olympic Stadium.

Sir Robin Wales has secured 750 free places for Newham residents who want to take part in the main race and 350 places on the fantastic family fun run. Every participant in The National Lottery Anniversary Run can invite two supporters to witness them cross the stadium finish line. Families taking part in the fun run can take a supporter in with them too.

He said: "The National Lottery Anniversary Run will give our residents exclusive access to an amazing sporting opportunity and the chance to compete on the same record-breaking track as the heroes of the London 2012 Games.

"With 750 free places for Newham residents and 1,500 guests, this is the first community benefit from our part ownership of the Olympic Stadium. We have worked tirelessly to secure a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games for our residents. This has included delivering a range of community benefits and fulfilling the key promises of the 2012 Games to inspire a generation and encourage more people to take up sport."

Mo Farah, Great Britain's double-Olympic gold winning athlete at 5,000m and 10,000m, attended the launch of the The National Lottery Anniversary Run and said: "The National Lottery Anniversary Run will be a magnificent occasion. It is fitting that the first people to run on the track since the end of London 2012 will be members of the British public, who did so much to make the Olympic and Paralympic Games such a success.

"Running down the home straight to win Gold for Britain last summer was one of the greatest experiences of my life and it is wonderful that people will experience the chance to run on the track as part of The National Lottery Anniversary Run."

This is the fifth consecutive year that Newham Council has been involved in staging a run around the borough, and the second year that it has secured use of the former Olympic Stadium.

To register for one of the 750 free Newham resident places email your name, address and age. If you are registering for one of the 350 one-mile family fun run places please provide names and ages for each person. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.