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London 2012 Olympic Park hosts 10km fun run

Olympic Stadium
It is hoped the Olympic Stadium will be completed in 2011

Thousands of people have taken part in one of the first races through the Olympic Park in east London.

Participants in the 10km Newham London Run raced past the Olympic Stadium, through West Ham Park and into Straford town centre on Sunday.

Londoner and current Olympic 400m women's champion Christine Ohuruogu fired the starting gun.

The organisers said the run was one of the first competitive events to take part in the Olympic Park.

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales, who took part in the race, said he was thrilled that people were given the chance to run through the site.

'Taking shape'

He added: "It is vitally important that the venues, parklands and other facilities are useful and accessible to our residents once the Games are over."

Speaking before the race John Armitt, Olympic Delivery Authority chairman, said: "The Olympic Park is taking shape in the east London skyline and this is a great opportunity for runners to see it up close.

"More than 50,000 people have visited the Olympic Park on bus tours and those on the Newham London Run will be among the first runners to compete in the Park."

On Friday the Olympic arena reached its final height when a 28m (92ft) lighting tower was winched into place.

It is hoped the stadium will be completed in 2011 to allow for a year of tests.



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