Martin’s Olympic date

Martin Dawson - who will be running in a special race around the Olympic Park on March 31.
Martin Dawson - who will be running in a special race around the Olympic Park on March 31.

LOCAL runner Martin Dawson has an Olympic date later this month after winning a place in a special race.

Martin (31) (pictured), who is the sports centre manager at the Neale-Wade Community College in March, is lucky enough to have scooped one of 5,000 places in the Olympic Park race on March 31.

The five-mile course takes in various landmarks around the newly completed Olympic park including the velodrome and swimming pool before ending in the Olympic stadium itself.

Around 15,000 spectators made up of family and friends of the participants are expected to turn out to watch the runners complete what will be the first competitive race to use the Olympic finishing line.

Martin, of Whittlesey, who runs for Peterborough Athletics club and Thorney running club, won the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic facilities from a competitor’s viewpoint after entering a draw run by the National Lottery.

Martin believes he is the only local runner to be lucky enough to gain one of the 5,000 places.

He will be taking his wife Felicity and dad Richard to cheer him on and they will be able to enjoy a chance to sit in the new spectators stand.

“I wasn’t lucky enough to get any tickets to go and watch the Olympics, but this makes up for that. I’m hoping to do a personal best time and would like to finish in the top 100, but it is difficult to predict because I don’t know the standard of the other runners as the draw was open to anyone to enter,” explained Martin.