East Londoners revive Olympic fever at The National Lottery Newham Anniversary Run


Thousands of runners soaked up the atmosphere of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this Sunday as the venue played host to The National Lottery Newham London Anniversary Run.

Sporting fever was high and memories of London's 2012 games flowed as Britiain's most successful Olympian Chris Hoy teamed up with Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, to start the five-mile challenge.

The runners - 1,300 of which live in the borough - tackled a course which passed the VeloPark and London Aquatics Centre before finishing next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Sir Chris Hoy said: "The enthusiasm and excitement of the runners today was infectious and the spirit and sense of sport bringing people together was really evocative of London 2012."

Luke Allen, 25, was the first person across the finish line, completing the course in 26 minutes and 15 seconds.