SPECTACULAR OLYMPIC BACKDROP HIGHLIGHT OF NEWHAM LONDON RUN

SPECTACULAR OLYMPIC BACKDROP HIGHLIGHT OF NEWHAM LONDON RUN

BREATH-TAKING views of the Olympic Park were a highlight of today’s Newham London Run. Nearly 4,000 runners took to the streets for the 10km event in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.

Runners passed a stunning Olympic backdrop as the race took in the Athletes' Village, Stratford High Street and the Greenway. They also got a sneak preview of Westfield Stratford City, which will be Europe’s biggest shopping centre when it opens later this year.

One of the runners in the event – now in its second year - was Sonia O’Sullivan. She is Ireland’s greatest-ever distance runner and 2012 Chef de Mission for Team Ireland. Sonia was part of a team of well-known faces running for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research – dubbed the ‘Banana Army’. Other celebrities included John Michie, who plays DI Robbie Ross in the ITV detective drama Taggart; Jonny Phillips who appeared in the blockbuster film Titanic; and Ray MacAllan, who has appeared in numerous TV shows including Holby City, The Bill and EastEnders.

The winning runner was Paul Martelletti in a time of 31min 22sec and the winning female athlete was Vicky Gill in a time of 36min 30 sec. Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan came second, posting a time of 39min 03sec.

Following in the footsteps of the 10km runners were budding young athletes aged 11-17, who were taking part in the first ever Junior Newham London Run. The race, which attracted 400 competitors, took place in Stratford City Over 20 of the runners automatically qualified for this year's Mini London Marathon.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: "People were amazed and inspired by the spectacular backdrop of the Olympic Park. It was a wonderful opportunity to view first-hand how quickly it’s coming along. To see people of all ages and abilities running through the streets of Newham with a smile on their faces was fantastic.

“The Olympics is all about inspiring people. I have always said the real benefits of the Games come in making people’s lives better. The council and our community have led the way in providing opportunities for people to be inspired through sport, the arts and civic participation. These activities will be ramping up as we enter the final two years before the Games and we’ll encourage our residents to be involved.”

Newham London Run 2011

date:

Sunday 27 March 2011

location:

Newham, London

entry status:

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NEWHAM LONDON RUN 2011



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