MIDHURST fitness instructor Jenny Philips is one of the first athletes ever to cross the finishing line on the runners’ track in London’s new Olympic Park.
She was one of the lucky 5,000 who took part in the first public event ever to be held in the park when she competed in a five-mile run finishing on the track in the stadium.
Jenny ran alongside well-known figures such as Princess Beatrice, who also started the event, Sally Gunnell and Nell McAndrew and finished in a very respectable 35 minutes.
“It all came about because I was very disappointed not to get any tickets for the Olympics and went on their website to find the Olympic committee had linked with the National Lottery to organise the run and entry was by ballot. It was a very historic occasion and it was very exciting to take part,” said Jenny, a former teacher at the Midhurst Grammar School, now a self-employed personal trainer.