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Olympic tickets for young London Mini Marathon runners

25 November 2011

The London Marathon Charitable Trust is offering hundreds of young London runners the chance to watch athletics at the 2012 London Olympic Games next summer.

The London Marathon organisers will give a London 2012 athletics ticket to every competitor running for a London Borough in next year's Mini London Marathon.

The mini marathon is a series of races for 11-17 year-olds run over the last three miles of the London Marathon course. With trials for the London Borough teams imminent, the added incentive of an Olympic ticket is expected to give the capital's best young athletes an extra spur as they seek places on the start line at Old Billingsgate on 22 April.

The tickets have been made available through UK Athletics' ticket allocation, which is intended to support grass roots athletics.

The tickets will be for one or other of the first two morning sessions at the Olympic Stadium on either 3 or 4 August. On 3 August the lucky youngsters will see the early stages of the heptathlon, women's 100m and 400m heats and triple jump qualifying, plus men's 400m hurdles, steeplechase, hammer and shot put, while those attending on 4 August will see the men's 100m and 400m heats, plus heptathlon events, women's steeplechase and pole vault.

London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel said: "The London Marathon is delighted to be able to offer each London Borough participant in the 2012 Mini London Marathon a ticket for one of the athletic sessions in the Olympics next August.

"Over the years the Mini London Marathon has featured a number of athletes who have gone on to achieve great honours for Britain on the international stage. We hope the incentive of an Olympic ticket will help to motivate London's next generation of winners and the priceless experience of seeing Olympic athletics live next summer will inspire them in their future athletics careers."

Past Mini Marathon winners hoping to compete at next year's Games include Mo Farah, the world 5000m champion, and Stephanie Twell, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, while wheelchair stars David Weir and Shelly Woods will be going for gold at the Paralympic Games.

Londoner Weir won the Mini Wheelchair Marathon seven times in his youth while Woods won the mini event twice. Farah was a Mini Marathon winner for Hounslow three years in a row between 1998 and 2000, while Twell won the girls' race for Hampshire in 2006 and 2007.