Hertfordshire athlete gets ready for 2012
HERTFORDSHIRE may have been ankle deep in snow, but sprinting superstar Mark Richardson showed his Olympic grit by completing a relay to mark 2012 Day
HERTFORDSHIRE may have been ankle deep in snow, but sprinting superstar Mark Richardson showed his Olympic grit by completing a relay to mark 2012 Day.
The medal-winning 4 x 400m star toured sporting venues in the county on December 20 – 2012 Day – to share his excitement for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Young and old braved freezing conditions to meet the inspirational runner who, with Jamie Baulch, Iwan Thomas and Roger Black, won Olympic silver at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, August 1996, at five centres around the county, including Gosling Sports Park, North Herts Leisure Centre, Letchworth and Hemel Hempstead Sports Centre.
Derrick Ashley, Hertfordshire County Council’s Champion for the 2012 Games said, ‘Excitement is gaining momentum as we prepare to welcome Olympic athletes, coaches and spectators to our host venue and training camps.’
Hertfordshire has 17 training camps which offer all sorts of sport facilities from athletics to gymnastics and fencing to wrestling. Olympic and Paralympic Committees from around the world are currently deciding where to train before the London 2012 Games. So far, the British Virgin Islands have signed up to use Hertfordshire’s training camps.