First Irish to run in Olympic Stadium

Updated: May 2, 2012

Four Irish people are set to become the first from this country to run in London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium on May 3rd. The four, who qualified for the event through the Powerade On your Marks campaign, will each run 100m in the Olympic Stadium on the day, nearly three months before the Olympic athletes get the opportunity.

The lucky four are Evan McGuire, a student from Galway, Michael Fennell, an An Post employee from Dublin, Anna McIlmoyle, a student from Belfast and Dennis O’Sullivan, a leaving cert student from Cork.

They will be accompanied to the stadium by Irish Olympic athlete and Powerade Ireland Ambassador Derval O’Rourke, who will also be getting a look inside the stadium for the first time. “This is an amazing opportunity for the four runners and the chance they are now getting to be the first four Irish people to run in the stadium even before any of the Olympians,” O’Rourke said.

“It’s going to be a great experience for me too, to get to go over and look around and just familiarise myself with the layout of the stadium and the facilities ahead of being there in August to compete,” she went on to say.

Jessica Ennis’ coach Tony Minichiello will also be there to give the runners some hints and tips on putting in the best run in the stadium. For more information on the campaign log on to

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