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Princess Beatrice joins National Lottery Olympic Run – April 3rd 2012

Princess Beatrice on the Olympic Run Source Reuters
Princess Beatrice on the Olympic Run Source Reuters

The UK National Lotteryhas been doing much to raise money in order to deliver the London 2012 Olympic Games on time and to the standards that the world is expecting to see.

Its latest fund-generating event was a charity five-mile dash in the capital city, which was attended by a prominent member of the British royal family.

Princess Beatrice – who has also jogged the entire 26-mile London Marathon course – joined her fellow pavement-pounders and completed the National Lottery Olympic Run in just over 45 minutes.

The route the joggers took snaked through the new Olympic Park site around the Aquatics Centre, basketball arena and velodrome, which have been built using lotto financing from the UK game.

Some 5,000 people participated in the run after they were selected from random out of the 43,000 people who applied for a chance to be among the first to cross the famous finishing line, which will be watched by the world to see who out of the Olympic athletes will take home a gold medal in this summer’s major sporting event.

Princess Beatrice told the Daily Telegraph: “I am thrilled to be able to play my part in such a historic occasion and it is fantastic to see the incredible transformation that the Olympic Park has undergone.”

In addition to running the course, the royal family member – who is the queen’s granddaughter and fifth in line to the throne – sounded the horn signalling the beginning of the race.

Only one competitor could be the very first to cross the finishing line, however, with that honour going to Cheshire salesman Stuart Bloor, who is 24 years old and completed the course in his wheelchair in 23 minutes.

The Spina Bifida sufferer, who lost a leg in 2007, said: “It feels brilliant – I never thought I would be on the Olympic track, let alone cross the line first.”

Up to £2.2 billion is being contributed by the UKNational Lottery towards funding the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, while some £310 million in lotto financing is also going to support 1,200 potential Team GB and Parlympic GB athletes.

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