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I Completed the 5 Mile National Lottery Anniversary Run!

Posted on 25th July 13'

Mavis run


Last Sunday (21st July 2013), I embarked on one of the best experiences of my life by running in the National Lottery Anniversary Run. Even though I did do some training for it for six weeks, it was one of the most physically challenging and gruelling things I’ve done. 5 miles of running is not easy, I tell you (my cousins talked me into it)!


The run was open to Newham borough residents to sign up for free places to take part by Newham Council.  This is the fifth consecutive year that Newham Council has been involved in staging a run around the borough, and the second year that it has secured use of the former Olympic Stadium. The run was jointly organised by Newham Council, Nova International and The National Lottery giving 15,000 people the opportunity to do this special anniversary run.


The run gave me the unique opportunity to run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, past iconic Olympic and Paralympic Games venues including the Velodrome and the ArcelorMittal Orbit building, and on the Olympic Stadium track where all the participants finished. Running on that special track allowed us all to follow in the footsteps of Olympic and Paralympic stars such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and David Weir.


I completed my run in a race time of 1 Hour 10 Mins 42 Seconds which I was truly impressed with. Because I have been training so hard over the past 6 weeks to get fit for this run, the feeling when I crossed the finish line was of pride, happiness, joy and exhaustion. I was really proud of myself as this was my first time  something like this as it’s really out of my comfort zone!


Here is my race certificate from the day…

Finish Certificate


For more information on The National Lottery Anniversary Run and how I did (including some pictures of me reaching the finish line), then visit and  


Here is a selection of my own photos from the event:


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