Going for gold

Gold Challenge is offering UK pupils the chance to participate in a London 2012 test event

Pupils from all over the UK are being given the opportunity to participate in a test event on Sunday April 1st 2012 at the Olympic Stadium to ensure it is ready for the London 2012 games. The event, organised by Gold Challenge - one of the official London 2012 legacy projects - promises to give lucky winners the chance to experience the Olympic dream firsthand, and will help to raise money for a wide range of charities.

Gold Challenge is encouraging schools to take on its 2012km challenge which sees individuals or teams of pupils, staff and parents travelling 2012 or 201.2km in the mode of any Olympic sport such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing, canoeing, riding or sailing.

Every school that registers, for free, before the end of November 2011 will be given five places for the first 100 children that sign up and will have the opportunity to be part of the amazing test event on April 1st. Once registered, schools are able to track their progress by uploading their distances into the Gold Challenge online totaliser. The school that manages to raise the most money for completing the distance will get the opportunity to partake in a 100m sprint on the day; using the very track that Usain Bolt will race on a matter of months later.

Speaking of the event, Lord Coe said: “We are delighted that Gold Challenge is hosting this event and giving LOCOG the opportunity to test the Olympic Stadium ahead of July 2012. It is a fitting way to say thank you to those who have been inspired by the Games to get active and also raise money for charity.”

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Pie Corbett