Great Newham London Run participants will be among the first to run on the new Mondo track in July
Having already experienced some of their own special moments in London’s former Olympic Stadium so far, Adelle Tracey and CJ Ujah helped to pave the way for many more on Monday as they laid the first sections of the new Mondo track.
British indoor 800m champion Tracey was one of seven young athletes chosen to light the London Olympic cauldron four years ago, while British 100m champion Ujah went sub-10 seconds for the second time in the Stadium last year. They both returned to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to help put down the new track on which Great Newham London Run participants will be among the first to run later this summer.
The two athletes were joined by the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, plus chairman of event organiser The Great Run Company Brendan Foster and the Sharpe family from Plaistow in Newham to mark the milestone.
“Lighting the Olympic flame during the London 2012 opening ceremony was an incredible honour and it is great to be back in the Stadium,” said Tracey. “I hope to have more golden moments on this track and I hope as many as possible take up the opportunity to run in this inspirational Stadium at the Great Newham London Run.”
The Sharpe family are regular visitors to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where they meet friends, swim in the London Aquatics Centre and watch basketball in the Copper Box, where nine-year-old Tate has also sung with the choir from his school, Tollgate Primary.
Tate and his mother Simone, who live just a few miles from the Stadium, will be among those taking part in the Great Newham London 2km Family Run on July 17, running into the Stadium and on to the new track which will also mark the finish for runners taking on the 10km event.
“It’s amazing to be here in the Stadium and to be a part of laying the new track,” said Ujah. “The London 2012 track helped create some incredible memories and certainly inspired me to keep working hard to break through into the senior ranks.
“It’s perfect that people of all ages and abilities are going to be the first to run on this brand new track and have their own moment crossing the finish line. I can’t wait to come back and race on it myself.”
Foster added: “I still get a buzz every time I come into the Stadium remembering the incredible atmosphere during London 2012 and the achievements of athletes like Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill, Usain Bolt and David Rudisha.
“It’s really exciting to help lay the new track and look ahead to July when thousands of people will be cheered across the finish line by their friends and family in a Stadium packed out for the Great Newham London Run.”
You can sign up for your own Stadium Golden Moment at the Great Newham London Run by visiting www.greatrun.org/London.