Olympic hero Mo Farah supports plans to restore iconic running track near Soho
By poppy_smith | Saturday, September 22, 2012, 12:42
Double Olympic hero Mo Farah has lent his support to a restoration project on one of the UK's most iconic running tracks.
The 5,000m and 10,000m gold medalist has backed a £240,000 project to revamp the historic running track at Paddington Recreation Ground where the legendary Sir Roger Bannister trained to break his four-minute mile.
Speaking after the birth of twins, Mo Farah, who lives in London, said: "Central London getting a new running track is great news for athletes of the future.
"The London Olympic Games will inspire a whole new generation of potential sports men and women and it is good to see Westminster City Council leading the way in bringing important new facilities to the heart of the capital."
Cash for the project has come from the Marathon Trust (£130,000), The London Mayor's Legacy Fund (£44,000) with the remaining funding being met by Westminster City Council.
Cllr Steve Summers, deputy cabinet member for Olympics, sport and leisure, said: "It is great to see that one of the stars of the Olympic Games is backing this project. This is an important new facility for Westminster as we want to leave an Olympic legacy in the centre of London to inspire the next generation of sporting heroes.
"We hope that hundreds of people will be inspired to take up track and field sports and maybe even go on to represent the UK in Olympics around the world."
A formal opening of the new track is set to take place on September 26, 2012.