Adam and Jonny race into Olympic history

Jonny and Adam celebrate crossing the finishing line at the Olympic Park Run.
Jonny and Adam celebrate crossing the finishing line at the Olympic Park Run.

TWO Newtownabbey men celebrated making a small bit of history by being among the first to run in the new Olympic games stadium in London recently.

Glengormley man Adam McCalden and Jonny Lindsay from Burnside were two of 5,000 people from almost 43,000 hopefuls chosen to take part in the historic Olympic Park Run.

The two, both keen amateur runners, completed in the five-mile event on Saturday, March 31, which took them around the new Olympic Park and Village before ending in the games stadium - the centrepiece of the summer event.

Both friends crossed the finish line together with a time of just over 44 minutes.

Jonny travelled over to London with his family and Adam with his fiancee, Emma.

Jonny (38) a call centre manager in Belfast said: “It was fantastic just to be a part of it, the atmosphere was incredible both in the stadium and in London as we travelled there.

“The place is not quite finished yet but it certainly looks the part and there certainly will be a great legacy of the Olympics left behind.”

“People from across the UK came together for the event and we all had a great time.”

Fellow call centre worker Adam, who is getting married in August added: “To cross the finish line at the Olympic stadium will be an experience I will never forget.

“It was a mad day, but to see the Olympic Village, the Velodrome and to run through the stadium with the noise of the crowd behind you was just fantastic - we were very lucky.”

Adam and Jonny are keen runners and both competed in the Hull Marathon on Sunday.

Jonny added: “Running in the Olympic stadium was a nice wee warm-up for us.”