It hardly seems possible but it is nearly one year since the London Olympics, supported by the British National Lottery, took place. To mark the anniversary, there will be a series of athletic events at the end of July this year.
On 21 July however the first of the events after the Olympics will be a 5-mile anniversary run to celebrate the continued involvement of the British National Lottery in British sport.
The National Lottery Anniversary Run route explores the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before ending in the Olympic Stadium itself. This enables ordinary ‘hobby’ runners to experience crossing the finish line in what is now a famous sporting venue. Each runner has the opportunity to bring two members of their family or friends to cheer them across the line.
Children have an opportunity to take part too with a shorter family friendly course available.
The winner of six gold medals, Sir Chris Hoy will start the run on the 21st July and has already said he will be available to encourage the 10 000 runners around the course. He said, “I know how crucial the National Lottery’s support was throughout my career and I am looking forward to being able to play my part in what promises to be a memorable day.”
There will be a number of sports stars and celebrities running too to mark the support of sporting projects by the British National Lottery. The lottery has so far invested a total of £4 billion in this area, £2.2 billion towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games alone.
But the Anniversary Run also commemorates the ongoing involvement of the British National Lottery in funding more than 1300 athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The 2013 Anniversary Run clearly demonstrates that the London 2012 Olympics were not the end of sports funding from the British National Lottery.
Discover more about the 2013 National Lottery Anniversary Run on the dedicated website.