LONDON 2012 may be some months off, but one Caistor man has already crossed the finish line at the Olympic stadium.
Keen runner Marcus Plume received an email from the National Lottery to enter a ballot to take part in the Olympic Park Run and was delighted when he was successful.
The 37-year-old completed the five-mile run in 35 minutes and 55 seconds, which took the runners around the Olympic Park site, with the last 300 metres in the Olympic Stadium itself.
On entering the stadium, 10,000 spectators, including many celebrities, cheered on the 5,000 runners who each received a medal to mark their achievement.
“I was very pleased to come 663rd out of the 5,000 runners,” said Marcus.
“This was the chance of a lifetime opportunity as nobody has ever been allowed to race in an Olympic stadium before the opening ceremony.
Marcus started running after being inspired while supporting a friend who ran the Great North Run in 2010.
He was talked into doing a duathlon in March last year and throughout 2011 took part in triathlons, before joining Brigg’s Lincsquad last September.
Also in September, along with his wife Jenni, Marcus took part in the Great North Run to raise money for Macmillan Nurses, who had supported his mum Sally, who suffers from Myeloma.
Between them they raised more than £1,000.
Both Marcus and Jenni are members of Caistor Running Club, which started a year ago, and they now run several times a week.
Marcus and Jennie will be taking part in the Great North Run this year, again raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Jennie said: “ I am so proud of all Marcus has achieved since he started running.”
If anyone wishes to donate to Marcus in support of his fund raising for Macmillan Cancer Support, please go to www.justgiving.com/marcusplume