Cookstown student lights up Olympic track

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A COOKSTOWN student has become one of the first to try out the Olympic Stadium’s running track ahead of some of the world’s top athlete’s.

David Buchanan, who is currently studying at Loughborough University, claimed an impressive silver medal second place in a charity run sprint race at the London stadium in an event for charity.

The 22 year-old was given the chance to take part in the sporting and entertainment event as a thank you for his herculean fundraising efforts for UK based charity Contact a Family.

Contact a Family supports families with disabled children, whatever the disability or health condition in Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.

Speaking after the event, David said: “It’s pretty amazing to think that the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt will be competing on this track in the summer. It was a really fun event and I got a great cheer from the crowd. It’s fantastic to be part of something like this and to be supporting such a good cause as Contact a Family.”

Not content with his sprinting efforts, David is now turning his attention to one of the biggest long distance sporting challenges, this year’s London Marathon which takes place on April 22nd.

David’s family and friends from Cookstown will be travelling to London in a few weeks to cheer David on.

Sunday’s event was a test event for the Olympic stadium and was organised as a unique thank you to charities and fundraisers taking part in the Gold Challenge.

Gold Challenge is the UK’s only Olympic and Paralympic based charity challenge. It has already motivated 75,000 people to take on an Olympic & Paralympic sport themed challenge in order to raise money for charity. And there’s still time to get involved in the Gold Challenge – a chance to take part in Olympic sports and raise money for Contact a Family.

Sign up here http://www.goldchallenge.org/morecharities/contactafamily

PICTURED: David Buchanan.