Newham residents have the chance to “feel like an Olympian” by signing up for free places in a race at the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Great Newham London Run will return to Stratford for its seventh year on Sunday, July 17.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales has secured 1,000 complimentary entries for those living in the east London borough in the 10km run as well as 500 more for those wanting to join the 2.3km Family Run also staged on the same day.

Those in the longer event will being their challenge beneath the ArcelorMittal Orbit and see the Lee Valley Velopark and London Aquatics Centre before entering the stadium for a lap on the track.

Sir Robin said: “Once again Newham is hosting what is now firmly one of the key events in the running calendar.

“I am delighted we have again secured places for Newham residents to take part in this unforgettable experience for free.

“People will have the chance of emulating the athletes who graced the iconic Stadium four years ago as they cross the finishing line.

“It is even more pertinent as we countdown to this year’s Games in Rio.”

The event is part of the national Great Run series founded by former athlete Brendon Foster.

Last year, 10,000 runners took part in the 10km race and the 2016 summer event is expected to attract a further 5,000 more.

It comes just weeks before West Ham United move into the stadium.

Chairman of the Great Run Company, Brendan Foster said: “We are delighted to be retuning to the former Olympic Stadium where people can have their own golden moment by running in the footsteps of Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill and Usain Bolt.

“Just a few weeks before the Rio 2016 Games, Newham residents will have the chance to feel like an Olympian.”

Free place are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Those who miss out can sign up for the 10km for £32 or enter for a family place at £8 each.