Lancing runner sets personal best at Olympic stadium

Chris Hewitt
Chris Hewitt

A LANCING runner was able to set a special personal best time when he ran inside the new Olympic stadium in London.

On Thursday, May 10, Christopher Hewitt ran a 100m race inside the London 2012 Olympic Games Stadium, in Stratford.

The keen runner was one of a number of lucky running enthusiasts to compete in a race on the track after he won his place in a competition. The 21-year-old clocked a personal best time of 11.68 seconds in the event, which was held on the same track where world-class athletes will take part this summer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

After travelling to London to meet the other competitors and being given the opportunity to step inside the Olympic Stadium, before the world’s best athletes are given a chance to compete, Christopher was given the chance to meet a couple of sporting experts.

He met both Jessica Ennis’ coach, Toni Minichello, and Irish sprinter Derval O’Rourke, who each gave him some expert sprinting techniques he was able to use on the day.

Christopher described the day and running on the Olympic track as an “amazing experience”.

He added: “It’s incredible just to step inside the stadium and get a sense of what the athletes will experience when the games kicks off this summer, but to be given the chance to run on the very same track has made this day even more special.

“Everyone got into the spirit of the day and I am delighted with my time – I think the top running tips certainly helped.”

Christopher won a place in the race after taking part in a Twitter competition created by Powerade – the sports drink which is one of the sponsors of the games.

In the competition, Twitter users were asked to submit their own photos of creative “on your marks” poses.

The entries from the competition were judged by a panel which included team Great Britain athlete and former world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis, with one of the main criteria for marking being “creativity”.

Olivia Hendrick, Powerade’s head of Olympics, added: “This is an exciting year for Powerade, as we gear up to hydrate athletes during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We’re delighted to have been able to offer people the chance to create their own moment of sporting history by competing in the Olympic Stadium, before the games.

“It’s been an inspirational day and we hope that it has inspired our winners in their sporting ambition.”