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Olympic Gold Medallist and former World Champion, Christine Ohuruogu MBE kicks off Great Newham London Run

Olympic Gold Medallist and former World Champion Christine Ohuruogu MBE started the Great Newham London Run.

Christine Ohuruogu kicks off Great Newham London Run. Credit: ITV London

The 10km run alongside the Family Run 2km saw 15,000 runners become some of the first to run on the new track in the former Olympic Stadium.

Christine, who was brought up less than a mile from the Stadium and is set to run for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Games in a few weeks, was an Honorary Starter for this year’s Run alongside the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, and inspirational 8-year-old Rio Woolf.

She was supporting the Great Run Company and Newham council’s drive to get more people active and was proud to be involved with the event. She commented:

Christine Ohuruogu kicks off Great Newham London Run. Credit: ITV London

More than 11,000 people took part in the 10km Great Newham London Run and 3,500 children and parents ran in the 2km Family Run, organised by the Great Run Company in partnership with Newham Council.

Christine Ohuruogu kicks off Great Newham London Run. Credit: ITV London

Both runs looped around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before giving runners the only opportunity to run into the Stadium and cross the finish line where Mo Farah and Jess Ennis-Hill won gold in 2012.

Christine Ohuruogu kicks off Great Newham London Run. Credit: ITV London

Among these runners were 1,500 Newham residents who were able to take advantage of the 1,000 free places in the 10K and 500 free places in the Family Run.

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. 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.

– Christine Ohuruogu

Rio Woolf had the opportunity to test his new running blade on the new track, taking part in the family run with his parents, before heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympics as a guest of the organisers.

James Denne, 30, from Honiton in Devon was the first male finisher across the line in 32 minutes 44 seconds.

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.

I was going to sprint the last 300 metres but decided to slow down and enjoy the moment. It’s been a phenomenal day.

– James Denne

Rio was born with a deficiency in his lower right leg and underwent an amputation at 14 months of age. He has a new running blade which he was thrilled about using on the new super-fast track.

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.

As the only chance to run on the Stadium track, the Great Newham London Run is fast becoming a must-do event in the running calendar and we want to work with Newham Council to make it the biggest running event in the country.

– Brendan Foster, Chairman of the Great Run Company

The first female runner across the line was Katie White, 35, representing Garscube Harriers, Glasgow, who finished in 36 minutes and 31 seconds.

Entries are already open for next year’s Great Newham London Run on Sunday 2 July at www.greatrun.org/London where this year’s results are also available.