Olympic park feel planned for Lincoln this summer

With the Olympic Torch coming to Lincoln on June 27 for overnight celebrations, the city’s business improvement group will install a big screen in the Cornhill.

Working alongside the London Organising Committee (LOCOG), Lincoln BIG will also decorate city streets in the Olympic colours.

This “Olympic Park” feel is down to a £20,000 grant secured from LOCOG.

Matt Corrigan, Lincoln BIG Chief Executive said: “Next summer will be a particularly important time for the city.

“We hope that, by then, economic conditions are starting to improve and, with the dualling of the A46 expected to be completed this spring, that Lincoln will be more accessible to more visitors than ever before.”

The open air event when the torch visits the city will be free for residents to attend, and will be held at Yarborough Sports Ground.

Early interest in 10k

Meanwhile, the City of Lincoln Council has seen high early interest rates in this year’s 10K Road Race, possibly due to the Olympics.

There are currently 700 applications for the 10K, even though the online application form opened just three weeks ago.

This year, the main event will be held on March 25, while the other races, such as the Healthy Lifestyles Team Primary, the Lincoln College Secondary School Races and the Lincoln “Getmummyfit” Buggy Push will be held on March 24.

As well as the races on the 24th, spectators will also be able to try out other sporting activities like golf, wheelchair basketball, water polo, hockey and volleyball.

City Councillor Donald Nannestad said: “We are marking the Olympic year in Lincoln, not only by hosting the Olympic Flame relay, but by incorporating its spirit and legacy into our events throughout the year.

“In extending the Lincoln 10K to make it a Sporting Weekend, we’re giving more people than ever the chance to get involved in sport and activity.

“This doesn’t just include running, but also a number of other activities at our taster sessions.”

Physical application forms are available in City Hall, Yarborough and Birchwood Leisure Centre or by contacting the 10K co-ordinator on 01522 873771 or by email.

Photo: Jon Candy