Olympic day run adds sparkle to Gold Rush Day

23 June 2012

2012-bound badminton player Hadia Hosny El Said, who trains at the University, sent more than 100 people off on today’s Olympic Day Run at the Sports Training Village.

Getting into the Olympic spiritPeople of all ages took part under the watchful eye of event organiser Greg Sharp over both a 3km and 5km course, including the University’s Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley.

The annual run, which took place mercifully between the showers, was part of the Gold Rush open day at the Sports Training Village which saw members of the public soak up the Olympic spirit in a special year for the nation by trying sports like trampolining, badminton, tennis and bobsleigh – all on the Olympic programme.

Olympic Day Run 2012 with Hadia Hosny El Said. Photo: Digitalscape

“We were busy from the moment we opened at 12 noon”, said Lisa Ashcroft, one of the event’s staff.  “The run has been popular but people have also tried the sports on offer as well as watching the netball match and the gymnastics display”.

Mass start Trampolining and tennis proved popular with the younger element whilst several of the “dads” were itching to try out the bobsleigh.

The gallery of the Sports Training Village housed a number of local stall-holders and there were options to try out sports massage.

“I really enjoyed the day.  Doing the run gave me a great sense of achievement”, said one happy participant.

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Olympic Day Run 2012Hadia Hosny El Said and Stephen Baddeley at the Olympic Day RunHead badminton coach Pete Bush was on hand to instruct on Gold Rush Day

Trampolining fun at the Gold Rush DayGymnastics display on Gold Rush DayChildren had the opportunity to try tennis at the Gold Rush Open Day

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