STILTON Strider Darren Glover lived every runner’s dream last week when he ran into the Olympic Stadium to a mass ovation.
The keen runner was one of the lucky 5,000 randomly chosen from a National Lottery ballot of 43,000 to compete in the Olympic Park five-mile run.
It was the first athletics event to be staged on the Olympic Stadium’s running track, the hallowed surface on which global greats such as Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis will do battle this summer.
The route wound its way through the whole Olympic Park, past many of the new venues including the Aquatics Centre, Riverbank Arena (hockey), Basketball Arena and Velodrome.
But the highlight of the race, which also featured Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and several former Olympians and Paralympians, was the final 300m to the finish line.
Darren said: “Every entrant had two passes to give to family and friends so by the time we got into the stadium the noise from 10,000 excited people was quite something.
“It was a very exciting and privileged experience.”
Not even a niggling foot injury could deny Darren his place in history or for that matter prevent an excellent time as he clocked 31min 23secs for a suberb finishing position of 140th.