RUNNERS had the chance to compete in the brand new Olympic Stadium in London this weekend.
On Saturday Amy Claypole, 33, of Rockingham Road, Stamford and Ollie Maynard, 16, of Ashwell, completed a five mile course taking in host venues for this year’s games in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run.
And staff from Stamford design agency Artisan Creative took part in races in the Olympic Stadium yesterday (Sunday).
Both Amy and Ollie were thrilled with their day. Amy, who runs with Stamford Striders running club, said: “It was absolutely incredible. I’m still on a bit of a high.
“There is a lot of work going on still but seeing the progress in the park is really exciting. It was a complete adrenaline rush from start to finish.”
The run took the pair past some of the newly-constructed arenas, such as the velodrome and the aquatics centre, before finishing on the track in the Olympic Stadium.
Amy added: “While we were running into the stadium they were playing the theme from Chariots of Fire so by the time you got there there were emotions all over the place. Some people were crying. They really made a good event of it.”
Oakham School pupil Ollie ran the five mile course to raise money for brain injury charity Headway. He was inspired to do so by former Oakham pupil Simon Hales, 22, who is recovering from a brain injury he suffered after falling 20ft from a wall. Simon, from Burley Road, Langham, has been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Stamford on July 3.
Ollie said: “It was an incredible experience and was great fun. The stadiums were really good, although a lot of the park hadn’t yet been finished. It was really surreal coming into the Olympic Stadium.”
So far Ollie has raised more than £300 for Headway. To sponsor him, call 01159 240800.
On Sunday Artisan Creative staff Davey Podmore, Oonagh Pikington, Leigh Igoe, David Brudnell and Delia Brecknock were among the hundreds of runners taking part in relay races and sprints on the track in the Olympic Stadium.
Creative director Davey said: “It was an amazing atmosphere. It’s staggering how loud the crowd were. Everyone seemed to be quite excited about the games.”