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PUBLISHED: 16:29 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

RUNNERS raced through the finish line to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. More than 500 competitiors of all ages took part in The Wellness Run in Crystal Palace Sports Stadium on Saturday, June 28 including the youngest budding athlete, six-

RUNNERS raced through the finish line to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

More than 500 competitiors of all ages took part in The Wellness Run in Crystal Palace Sports Stadium on Saturday, June 28 including the youngest budding athlete, six-month-old Jay-Jay Bush competing in the 25-metre Tots Race.

Abdi Madar, 25, from Penge came first in the main event, the 10km run finishing in a speedy 33 minutes.

Lightening bolt Freddie Browning pelted past his 20 competitors, aged 11 to 15, and crossed the finish line in just under 13 minutes. The Fun Day was organised as part of the Mayor of London's 2008 Summer of Sport Initiative, designed to encourage people in the capital to take part in sport.

Organiser Wendy Balch said: "The day was a great success with runners able to pass in the footsteps of many past, present and future Olympic champions and I'm sure they all felt inspired.

"I hope that the run has introduced people to the fun that running can be especially for those visitors to the event who perhaps wouldn't have considered it in the past."

All competitors received a medal and a goody bag for completing the course.


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