LOCAL runner Martin Dawson had an amazing day out at the weekend 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, was among 5,000 people to take part in the Olympic Park race on Saturday.
The five mile course took in various landmarks around the newly completed Olympic Park including the velodrome and swimming pool before ending in the Olympic stadium itself.
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.
His wife Felicity and dad Richard were among the 15,000 spectators to cheer on Martin.
He said: “I had an amazing day. I came 83rd out of 5,000 so achieved my aim of finishing in the top 100.
“Running underneath the stadium to the music from Chariots of Fire and then into the stadium with the crowds cheering was real hairs on the back of the neck standing on end time.
“It’s been a truly great day that I will remember forever and I even met a hero of mine Roger Black on the start-line.
“And I even saw myself on the television on the National Lottery programme.”