Former Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu fired the starting pistol as 15,000 runners took to the track at the Great Newham London Run.

Athletes and families competed in the event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, July 17, which was the first to use the new track at the Olympic Stadium.

Christine, who won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, said: “It was fantastic to see all these people running in the Olympic Stadium at the Great Newham London Run.

“Olympic athletes are often focussed on our own form and fitness, but it really is inspiring to see all these local people enjoying their running. It’s a fantastic event and I would love to see even more people taking part.

10K winner James Denne and Christine Ohuruogu

“It’s a real legacy of London 2012 and demonstrates the commitment that my borough, Newham, has made to use the Olympics to get more people into sport and fitness.”

Both the 10km and 2km family runs looped around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before entering the Stadium.

James Denne, 30, from Devon, was the first male to finish and he said: “The atmosphere at the Great Newham London Run was incredible. I was in the stadium to see David Rudisha win gold at the Olympics and to think that I have followed him onto this track is amazing.”

The first female runner across the line was Glaswegian Katie White, 35, representing Garscube Harrier.

10k winner James Denne crossing the line

Brendan Foster, chairman of the Great Run Company, said: “While I love seeing the majestic performances of legends like Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill for me today is what running is all about.

“At the heart of our sport is thousands of people getting their trainers on and getting out there for the challenge and the fun of running.”

There was also a moment of inspiration from young Rio Woolf, who had the opportunity to test his new running blade on the track.

Sir Robin Wales, Rio Woolf and Christine Ohuruogu

Rio was born with a deficiency in his lower right leg and underwent an amputation at 14 months of age.

Sir Robin Wales, mayor of Newham, said: “These events are precisely why our investment in the stadium to make it a multi-purpose venue benefitting our local community was the right thing to do.”

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