Chosen in a random ballot from over 40,000 applications, Mick will be joined by some 5,000 other runners as he takes part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He will run alongside celebrities, former Olympic and Paralympic athletes and Princess Beatrice – who in 2010 became the first royal to complete the London Marathon.
For the first time in Olympic and Paralympic Games history, the public have been given a unique opportunity to take part in such an event. One of the ‘Red Wave’ of runners, Mick will be in the very first group which sets off at 2pm, followed by the White, Green and Pink Waves of runners in staggered nine minute intervals.
Starting by London’s newest landmark, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the course passes the Olympic Park’s unique and diverse sporting venues before finishing in the stadium itself. Mick aims to complete the run in around forty minutes and will have his wife cheering him along at the start and finish point inside the 80,000 capacity stadium.
The five mile run will be the perfect preparation for when Mick takes part in the Greater Manchester Marathon on 29th April 2012, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. In 2011, he also completed the Great North Run and Roofing Racers London Triathlon when he helped to raise more than £35,000 for MacMillan.
For more information on the Olympic Park Run, go to www.nationallotteryrun.com.