Blog

Greg Rutherford surprised on Strictly with piece of London 2012 track

Champion long jumper and Strictly star Greg Rutherford this week received a piece of the London 2012 track as a surprise gift by dancing partner Natalie Lowe during training for the show.

The European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic gold medallist returned to the London Stadium on Thursday to practice the Cha Cha on the brand new London Marathon Community Track, adjacent to the stadium where he won gold in 2012.

natalie-lowe-greg-rutherford-london-2012-track

The session was filmed as part of his training VT for tonight’s show. Greg knew he was coming to the track for training, but knew nothing of the surprise gift, and was ‘blown away’ by its sentiment, remembering the magic of the London 2012 home games.

“Absolutely blown away at how amazing this is. It’s one of the greatest pieces of sporting memorabilia that I could possibly ever have. I’m going to get my parents one because this could be an amazing present for them too.”

The couple practiced their dance next to the long jump pit and each filmed interviews after the presentation.

Natalie Lowe & Greg Rutherford cha cha at the Olympic Park

When Greg competed at London 2012, the London Marathon Community Track wasn’t finished – instead, athletes warmed up at a track across the road from the stadium.

The new state of the art athletics facility is an important community asset, and will soon be the new home of the Newham and Essex Beagles – the athletics club that Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu are members of.

Proceeds from the sale of the London 2012 track will go back into maintaining and operating this facility and London Stadium.

Don’t miss your chance to own an exclusive piece of Olympic history. Visit our online shop now to #ownthetrack.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news and athlete presentations.

Homecoming for Christine Ohuruogu to gift former school with London 2012 track

Christine Ohuruogu with her own piece of track in a box to cherish her memories from London forever.

Stopping off on her way to the Team GB Rio homecoming parade this morning, former Olympic, World and Commonwealth 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu took part in a homecoming of her own.

The athlete returned to her former school, St Edwards Church of England School & Sixth Form College, Romford, to present a commemorative piece of the London 2012 athletics track that she raced on alongside other Olympic legends four years ago.

christine-ohuruogu-presenting-the-london-2012-track

The London 2012 track where history was made has been removed and replaced ahead of the London 2017 IAAF World Championships and World Para-Athletics Championships next summer.

Pieces of the original London 2012 track have been made into a range of exclusive sporting memorabilia and are available to purchase from our online shop.

As well as awarding a large, decorative framed piece of the track to the school as a memento of her incredible sporting achievements and inspiration to St Edwards students, Christine was also presented with a piece of the track by students and Deputy Head, Ian Raper.

During her visit to St Edwards School, Ohuruogu said:

“I’m so happy to be here today to award my school with this beautiful piece of London 2012 track. St Edwards is a great school and it really helped me to find a love for sport. There are great facilities and really supportive and encouraging PE staff. I took part in everything, team and individual sports, before focusing on athletics in later years, so I’m delighted to be able to give something back in this iconic London 2012 memento.”

Ian Raper, Deputy Head of St Edwards School expressed his delight at receiving the track from Christine:

“We would like to thank Christine so much for returning here to present us with a gift that we will cherish forever and we hope that it will encourage many of our students to aspire to the successes of the stars of London 2012.”

David Edmonds, Chair of E20 Stadium LLP said:

“We’re really honoured to present a piece of London 2012 history to local schools and some of our greatest athletes who experienced the true magic of the home games. We hope this piece of the track will take pride in St Edwards School and inspire its students to follow in the footsteps of legends like Christine.”

The original London 2012 track has been made into a range of exclusive sporting memorabilia and is available to purchase now from the London 2012 Track store.

Five-time Olympian Jo Pavey presented with commemorative piece of London 2012 track

Jo Pavey with her own piece of track in a box to cherish her memories from London forever.

Five time Olympian and 2014 European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey returned to her former school The Kings, Ottery St Mary on Wednesday 12 October to present a commemorative piece of the London 2012 athletics track that she and so many other Olympic legends raced on four years ago.

Jo presented a large, decorative framed piece of the track to her former secondary school as a memento of her sporting achievements, and was also presented with her own piece of track in a box to cherish her memories from London forever.

Jo Pavey presenting the London 2012 track

You can view both products and purchase your own from our online shop.

During her visit to The King’s School, Pavey said:

“I am delighted to be here today to present my old school with this beautiful piece of track from London 2012.

“When I was a student at The King’s School, they inspired me to get into distance running. It was my PE teacher who first introduced me to running longer distances when she asked me to run around the playing fields at the school. It was here that I first discovered my love of running and I would like to thank the school for helping me start my career.”

Rob Gammon, Head of The King’s School expressed his delight at receiving the track from Jo:

“We would like to thank Jo so much for returning here today to offer us a gift that we will cherish forever and we hope that it will encourage many of our students to aspire to the successes of the stars of London 2012.”

The London 2012 track that Pavey ran alongside athletics stars such as Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill and Usain Bolt on has been removed and replaced ahead of the London 2017 IAAF World Championships and World Para-Athletics Championships next summer.

Pieces of the original London 2012 track have been made into a range of exclusive sporting memorabilia and are available to purchase in our online shop.

Get yours now, and #ownthetrack!