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Great Newham London Run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 19th July 2015

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Taking place in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,the 10K event is part of an exciting day of running in London. With the return of the Morrisons Great Family Run  and the brand new Morrisons Great Newham London Run 4 x 1/4 Marathon Team Relay, Sunday 19 July is a day not to be missed for runners. All runners in the 10k will get the chance to have their very own Olympic moment as they finish inside the Stadium and cross the famous finish line and running track, which saw Olympic greats Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah race across in 2012. The course will also take in the sights of Lee Valley VeloPark, the London Aquatics Centre and the Copper Box Arena. The weekend also includes the Great Newham London Swim on Saturday 18 July at the Royal Victoria Dock.
Starting  near the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the 10k course makes its way past the London Aquatics Centre before looping back round behind the Stadium towards the Copper Box Arena. At the 7k mark runners will cross over the River Lea towards Lee Valley VeloPark. At this point there’s only a few kilometres left before heading back into the Stadium where the finish line sits on the running track.

‘Super Sunday’ will be created as we see thousands of runners cross the finish line on the running track inside the Stadium to and applause and support given by runners’ friends and family in the arena seats.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Event website here

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Review : ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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The distinctive 114.5 metre (376 feet) structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the striking sculpture and observation tower is considered to be Britain’s largest piece of public art.
The structure was created as a landmark to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and designed by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond. The majority of the sculpture is made out of 2000 tonnes of steel provided by the steel company ArcelorMittal, the steel was fashioned into 600 pre-fabricated star-like nodes which were then assembled on site.
According to Kapoor, one of the influences on his design was the Tower of Babel and one of the intentions of the sculpture was that visitors will engage with the piece by using  the spiral walkway.

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit was visited by 130,000 visitors during the Games but then was closed and reopened in 2014, with the launch of the of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Situated between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, the large red Orbit is one of iconic structures of the park and the sculpture’s box office, shop and café are situated near its base.

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Walking through entrance brings you to the base of the structure and you can clearly see how it consists of two major parts, Firstly the  main vertical tower which houses the elevators and stairs and supports the observation deck and secondly the  lattice of red steel tubes that surrounds the tower.

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In the observation tower, the Orbit has two indoor viewing platforms on two levels, with each level having the capacity for 150 people .  The top viewing platform offers a view of up to 20 miles on a clear day and unparalleled views  of the Park and especially the nearby Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre .

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Many of London’s iconic buildings: The Shard, BT Tower, The Gherkin, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena, the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater are easily recognisable , however visitors can use the I-view interactives using gigapixel technology to give information on the views. You can also learn the story of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To provide a bit of fun, visitors can enjoy the distinctive Kapoor designed concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon on its head.

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The second platform offers more of the same before the visitor is faced with the choice of going back down by the lift or to descend the 455 steps to the ground, being entertained by the sounds of London as you walk down the stairs.

A visit to the ArcelorMittal Orbit can be undertaken as part of a wider visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which although is still being developed is full of iconic structures from the 2012 Olympics. It is possible to swim in the Aquatic centre and ride in the Velodrome.  The  ArcelorMittal Orbit offers the unique experience of  travelling inside an unusual and striking piece of art and the viewing platforms give the visitor a different perspective of London. The attraction has plenty to keep visitors entertained and the walk down the stairway is quite an experience in itself.

Visiting London Guide Rating  – Recommended

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Tickets & Opening Times

Tickets to the ArcelorMittal Orbit are limited, it is advisable and cheaper to book in advance.

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm daily (last entry 3.30pm) until 31st March.  1st April – 30th September, 10am – 6pm daily (last entry 5.30pm)

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Ticket Prices

All full price tickets booked at walk up or advanced rate are eligible to be upgraded to an annual pass at no extra charge.

Walk Up Rate

Adult (17+ years)  £15

Child (3-16 years) £7

Family Ticket        £40

Concession *         £12 (student/60+/unwaged)
Advance Booking

Adult (17+ years) £11.95

Child (3-16 years)£5.95

Family Ticket  £32

Concession  £9.95 (student/60+/unwaged)

If you would like to find out more about the ArcelorMittal Orbit or buy tickets, visit the Orbit website here

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A Short Guide to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

On Saturday 5 April 2014 , the Park opened to the public for the first time, however we decided to wait for a few weeks to consider  London’s newest large Park.
Unlike many of London’s parks, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is dominated by the stadiums and the 114.5m tall ArcelorMittal Orbit which form part of the legacy  of the 2012 Olympics.

If you walking into the park from Stratford and the Westfield Shopping centre, the first Arena is the Aquatics centre which is now open to the public.

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Walking past the Aquatic Centre, the true scale of the Orbit is gradually exposed, at 114.5m tall  with two spacious viewing platforms at 76 and 80 metres high, visitors can see over 20 miles across London and newly installed interactive technology that will enable guests to get close up to the wonderful views.

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However away from the impressive buildings is the landscaped gardens that provide areas of peace and quiet around the site.

When fully open the 560 acre site will include 4000 new trees, 6.5 km of waterways, 15 acres of woods, hedgerows, wildlife habitats.

Whilst still considering that the Park is work in progress, there is still more than enough to offer a taste of the finished article.

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One of the highlights of the park is the waterways that wind their way all through the park.

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There is plenty of child based facilities including an adventure playground  and a climbing wall.

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Over the next few months and the next few years there are a high number of high profile events  at the various arena’s and the park will certainly be a pleasant place to visit. But the opening of the Lea Valley Velo Park will take the park onto a different level for facilities.

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Lee Valley VeloPark is the first place in the world where you can take part in Track cycling, road racing, BMX or mountain biking in one place.

Centred on the iconic, award-winning, 6,000-seat velodrome, , Lee Valley VeloPark also has a brand new one-mile, floodlit road cycle circuit, the remodelled and floodlit Olympic BMX track and 8km of mountain bike trails.

 For many London visitors, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will eventually become a must visit, but there is more than enough to interest anyone who wishes to see one of the London’s newest attractions in its infancy.

See Video Review here

For more information, visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website here

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