Superstar Athletes Set to Visit Bedford
Friday 21st May 2010
SUPERSTAR ATHLETES SET TO
World famous athletes are set to arrive at the
Bedford Swan Hotel, at 10.30am on Sunday 6th June.
Bedford Borough will be their home throughout their stay, as they
carry out a packed timetable of events that will inspire locals,
transforming the lives of those they come into contact with.
The special relationship between Bedford
Borough Partnership and Kenyan Community Bedford generated an idea
to issue an invitation to Athletics Kenya. The mood was ‘ecstatic’
when news arrived that the world class athletes (Paul
Tergat, Catherine Ndereba, Duncan Kibet, Wilfred Bungei,
Samuel Wanjiru), had
accepted the invitation. Plans were quickly set in place to
maximise the potential of their visit and so create a lasting
legacy, making it memorable and fulfilling for people within the
borough to enjoy, and for all officials and athletes alike.
The athletes will visit children’s wards
within the hospital, integrate with students on school visits, and
even challenge locals to endurance running master classes for local
aspiring athletes. The ‘Athletics Kenya’ visit is also hoped to
spur on various projects and help introduce an annual 10k race
within the town centre, and school twinning arrangements.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “It’s thrilling to have such huge names from the sports world
visiting our borough. Their support will help generate a lasting
legacy for both Athletics Kenya and Bedford. We are looking forward
to working towards links with Kenya in the coming years.”
The visit may further outline Bedford’s
ability to act as a training base for other world class athletes,
as it fast becomes renowned for its exceptional training equipment.
Bedford International Athletic Stadium is no stranger to top world
class athletes such as our very own Paula Radcliffe and Liz
As preparations for the London 2012 Olympics
heat up, it is expected that the Athletics Kenya teams’ visit will
cause a flurry of excitement, as local residents get bitten by the
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