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Enjoy activities ahead of the Summer of World Athletics

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 June 2017

Mara Yamauchi leads a running takeover with local community groups at London Stadium (Pic: British Athletics)

Mara Yamauchi leads a running takeover with local community groups at London Stadium (Pic: British Athletics)

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It’s only a month until the Summer of World Athletics takes places and there are plenty of activities to enjoy at the London Stadium.

The championships, official inspiration programme, Team Personal Best is underway and hosting more than 100 events ahead of The World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017.

It is the first time ever that both Championships are being held in the same city in the same summer and Team Personal Best have been created to inspire anyone and everyone to get involved in grassroots athletics.

Events that have taken place already include disability festivals at the Copper Box at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to taster sessions at clubs around the country.

There was even a running takeover from two-time British Olympian Mara Yamauchi as she joined local community groups and shared advice and tips, whilst community fitness group GoodGym have signed up all their sessions to Team Personal Best from now until September.

Yamauchi said: “On a beautiful sunny summer’s evening, Team Personal Best delivered a terrific evening of training and swapping stories about being inspired.

“My athletics career started from being inspired by the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

“If a London 2017 Team Personal Best event can inspire a child, young person or adult to become to an athlete, coach or get involved in athletics in some form, that’s fantastic for the future of our sport.”

Runner Jenny Meadows added: “Athletics has been a part of my life for over two decades and this summer is the chance to celebrate everything great about the sport.

“The Summer of World Athletics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not just for elite athletes but for everyone else.

“Whether you are a novice or an expert, Team Personal Best is a fantastic programme encouraging people from all walks of life to play a part no matter how big or small.

“I look forward to heading along to an event this summer.”

World Para Athletics Championships take place from July 14 to July 23.

The IAAF World Championships take place from August 4 to August 13.

Visit http://www.teampersonalbest.org/ for events.

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