National Lottery Anniversary Run launches

Five-mile road race to be first sporting event to take place inside the London Olympic Stadium since London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony

The National Lottery Park Run 2012

Runners are being given the chance to follow in the footsteps of their sporting idols and take to the track of the Olympic Stadium at the end of a five-mile road event that passes iconic venues across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The National Lottery Anniversary Run, which will be the first sporting event to take place inside the Stadium since the Games, will see participants run the final 300m to the Stadium finish line on the same track that the likes of Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Jonnie Peacock and Mo Farah raced on to win gold.

Entry to the July 21 event opens on Thursday (April 25) at 9am with places allocated on a first come, first served basis. There are 10,000 spots available, with 750 of those going to Newham residents who gain a free place in a ballot.

“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,” commented double Olympic champion Farah at the event launch.

“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”.

The Anniversary Run follows on from last year’s National Lottery Olympic Park Run, which was the first public event inside the Stadium. Runners will have the chance to bring two friends or family members to sit in the Stadium and cheer them on to their own moment of glory.

Organised by Nova International in conjunction with the London Borough of Newham, the National Lottery and the London Legacy Development Corporation, the event will also include a shorter family fun run for which there are more than 2000 places available.

Entry to the five-mile event will cost £27.50, while family fun run entry is £7. Visit for more details and to apply for tickets.

3 Responses to “National Lottery Anniversary Run launches”

  1. It's great to see the National Lottery Good Causes Fund going to good use like this that encourages the support of sport and athletics across the county. I know I'll continue to play the Lotto to carry on supporting this. I'm definitely going to apply for the race however, I don't live close to London so fun runs across the country could be a good idea to encourage more people to take part?

  2. Frustrated Runner says:

    Server too busy!! How frustrating! – just like trying to get Olympic Tickets all over again!

  3. Tony says:

    What a disaster the site is! Not working all day, first hour consisted of Server is too busy messages, then a please try later message and finally 2 hours later an apology.

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