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Cargo NetOi Londoners - test your mettle with this new urban obstacle series, Adrenaline Rush in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  

Happening on Saturday 30th May and launched by Macmillan Cancer Support & InMotion Sport Adrenaline Rush, a brand new series of high voltage, energy-packed urban obstacle races, which will come to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 30th May. 25% of all entrance fees will go to Macmillan to help ensure no one faces cancer alone.

Dodge-BallEntry to Adrenaline Rush starts at just £45*and those taking part can expect to have their strength, stamina and mental resolve pushed to the limit. With 5km or 10km courses available, as well as the option of entering a four-person team, there is something for every fitness level. Each event will include:

mud pits and trenches

water pits and chutes

ramp walks and jumps

dodging flour and water bombs

plank walks and rope crawls

trapezes and bungees

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Joe McDermott, Challenge Events Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Adrenaline Rush is brand new this year and set to be a brilliant, affordable day out. The course has been specifically designed to challenge entrants of all fitness abilities and we’re delighted to be holding it at London’s Olympic Park, which is not only easy to get to but an iconic sporting venue. Although fundraising is not compulsory, those taking part also have the opportunity to fundraise to help us reach more people affected by cancer, so go ahead and get your adrenaline pumping in the name of Macmillan!”

As well as taking place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, there will be three other Adrenaline Rush events across the UK:


Glasgow, Pollok Park – Saturday 25th July 2015

Manchester, Heaton Park – Saturday 1st August 2015

Bristol, Ashton Court Estate – Saturday 15th August 2015

John Gladwin, Director at Inmotion Sport and 1500m Commonwealth games silver medallist, said: “Entrants to the Adrenaline Rush events are going to have a lot of fun. We’ve worked with fitness and obstacle experts to design a unique course which includes everything from mud pits to flour bombs, not forgetting Adrenaline Rush’s Signature Obstacles which include The Leap of Faith and The Fires of Hell. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be Mo Farah to complete it! The course is suitable for all fitness levels. I would urge people who love a physical challenge and a great day out to get involved and support a very worthy cause in the process.”    

Entry to Adrenaline Rush starts at just £45* and can be booked online by visiting www.theadrenalinerush.com

Join in the conversation: @GetYourRushAR /www.facebook.com/theadrush

Polar Plunge Bath (Simon Thomas Image) 13

Following their memorable performance at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, the award-winning Pandemonium Drummers will return to where it all began to perform at London’s inaugural Polar Plunge event.

On February 7th 2015, Special Olympics Great Britain is inviting Brits to take on the most extreme sub-zero challenge that the nation has ever seen whilst raising money for the vital work that Special Olympics Great Britain do.

The Pandemonium Drummers burst on the scene at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, where one thousand volunteer drummers provided the heartbeat to the Industrial Revolution scene and marshalled the world’s elite athletes. Their legacy has extended beyond the opening ceremony as they continue to excite and entertain at events around the country.

Three years on from their first performance, a contingent of The Pandemonium Drummers will be paying homage to their epic London 2012 show with a special edit of their impressive performance. The Drummers will spur on brave plungers with drum rolls and keep the crowds entertained with an exciting variety of performances incorporating call and response routines and upbeat rhythms that will add to the electrifying atmosphere of the day.

With the thrilling performances from The Pandemonium Drummers leading to special recognition from Team London including winning the 2013 Mayor of London’s Special Achievement Award and the 2014 Voluntary Arts Epic Award, they’ll no doubt be an exciting addition to what already promises to be an exhilarating day for plungers and spectators alike.

Jan Pearson, Secretary of the Pandemonium Drummers has expressed their delight at returning to Olympic Park, “We are very excited to be returning to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to join Special Olympics Great Britain and support those taking on the Polar Plunge. We hope to bring a little of the spirit of London 2012 to this very special event.”

The Polar Plunge is crossing the Atlantic for its debut on UK shores to raise crucial funds for Special Olympics Great Britain, which is recognised as the third member of the Olympic Family by the International Olympic Committee. Special Olympics GB offers inclusive sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities via almost 150 volunteer-led local clubs. The money raised from the event will support these clubs to nurture talent and transform the lives of its athletes.

Plunging is from 10am-3pm, and with a chilly outdoor plunge pool, cosy changing tents, live music and entertainment, sports demos and a Hot Spot offering tasty treats to keep you toasty, the Great Britain Polar Plunge guarantees a brrrrilliant day out! 

Entry costs £20 for adults, £16 for students, £10 for children over 12 and £5 for under 12s. The charity is encouraging plungers to set themselves a fundraising target of £50 each to help raise money to support Special Olympics athletes.

Great Britain Polar Plunge online is now live at: www.polarplungegb.org where you can find out more and register to take part. Or text the word ‘PLUNGE’ to 80878* for more information. 

Frozen trees at East VillageEast Village, the former Athletes’ Village from London 2012 has proved that its cultural assets go beyond just sport, by installing three eye-catching and impressive public art installations in the neighbourhood.

In the lead up to the festive season, the community will welcome a forest of enchanting ‘Frozen Trees’ from Portuguese designers LIKE Architects, which will provide the perfect complement for two other artworks already at East Village – Nathan Coley’s large-scale light installation, ‘A Place Beyond Belief’ and two bus sculptures to celebrate TFL’s Year of the Bus.

The forest of 14 giant ‘Frozen Trees’ was planted in the southern end of Victory Park at the end of November. Portuguese designers, LIKE Architects have used 1,296 reusable and highly recyclable IKEA plastic bag dispensers to create the art installation, making a creative argument for the importance of multi-purposing. The trees will be illuminated from early morning to late evening and will light up the neighbourhood on dark and wintry nights.

Antonio Pedro Araújo from LIKE Architects commented: “The Frozen Trees Christmas lighting installation is slightly unusual in that it has been built using plastic bag dispensers. By bringing these domestic objects into the urban scale we’re encouraging creativity and demonstrating the multi-functionality of daily objects. By putting a twist on the usual invisibility of Christmas lights during the day, this artwork hopes  to delight and inspire East Village residents.”

Neil Young, CEO of Get Living London added: “It’s great to be able to welcome this unique Christmas installation to East Village for the festive period. The Frozen Trees will be a cheerful and charming addition to the neighbourhood, even on the dullest of days.”

The artwork is joining two other impressive pieces at East Village: Nathan Coley’s ‘A Place Beyond Belief’ and two elaborate bus sculptures that have been created for TFL’s Year of the Bus sculpture trail across London. The first is a large-scale sculpture illuminating the testimony of a young woman made in New York in the wake of 9/11. This will be present at East Village until March 2015, allowing residents and visitors alike to be inspired and touched by its moving message.

The two bus sculptures are part of a London-wide bus trail, 11 of which are in Queen Elizabeth Park. The public can follow the route on foot, giving visitors a chance to enjoy the wealth of open space and greenery in the area. The buses also serve as a reminder of the fantastic transport links at East Village.

The arrival of the three artworks is part of an ongoing programme at East Village to bring accessible artworks into the neighbourhood for locals to enjoy. These temporary installations are beneficial both for the community, by celebrating the distinctive character of East Village, and also for the artists, by giving them the opportunity to bring their work to new audiences.



Jay z to play wireless 2013

Wireless has confirmed it's new location to be the Olympic Park this year along with plenty of other events planned for the new green space.

Wireless has also been confirming its acts and among the headliners this year will be none other than Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. Two pretty impressive headliners we think you will agree.

These are the first two artists to be confirmed for the summer festival at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which will run on the 12th and 13th July.

If you are a big Jay-Z fan then you want tickets to this as it's going to be his only European date in 2013.

Justin will play on the 12th July along with other acts that have been announced, Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend and, special guest, Frank Ocean, with more to come.

And Jay-Z will play on the 13th July along with  Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Fresh and Calvin Harris.


Olympic Park MapSo millions and billions of pounds were spent making new venues amazing for the Olympic Games 2012 but now that the fun's over what is to become of all London's new venues?

The good news is that cyclists and white water rafting enthusiasts in London are going to get some amazing new hang outs - the bad news is that we're stuck with that ugly tower.

Stratford gets a new swimming centre :

The capacity of the Aquatic Centre will be reduced and used for community and schools. Better, the Feel Good Gym Place will look after the new centre. They already look after some great cheap and sometimes even free gyms in London.

No one wants the recyclable basket ball arena :

As this building was made out of 1,000 tonnes of steel and 20,000 square metres of recyclable plastic the building can in theory be recycled and used elsewhere. There were plans to ship it to Rio, then to Glasgow but neither seems to be happening so the temporary structure sits without a use.

Lee Valley take on the BMX Track :

This will be used by Lee Valley VeloPark a multidisciplinary cycling hub. This will turn the track into, arguably the best cycling centre in the world offering Cafes, cycle hire and workshop facilities for those that are serious about cycling or just want a little peddle around an Olympic landmark.

The only indoor arena to stay will be The Copper Box :

This will be the only indoor area to stand the test of time after London 2012, and it should do really seeing as it took £43m to build. The Copper Box will become a multi-sport arena, fitness club and home to basketball side the London Lions.

The Olympic Park will change it's name and be reborn :

This turns into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park next summer and will include 8,000 homes, a university, a commercial hub, a children's playground and sporting facilities. It has been suggested that the huge new complex will rival Southbank as a cultural hub.

The sand is to be re-used from the Horse Guards :

This was where the very popular Volleyball took place and holds 5,000 tonnes of sand. This temporary Olympic beach will be shipped out of the arena and used to build 36 new Volleyball courts within the M25. A great new sport to take up if you want to look like those ladies at the Olympics in their littles shorts.

Lee Valley also snaps up the White Water Centre

You can white water raft on the same course that Team GB won their Gold and Silver medals on, all £31m of it, which is pretty exciting. Lee Valley will also take over the 300 metre Olympic-standard course, 160 metre intermediate/training course and 10,000 square metre lake making it a world class venue for water sports it will also go on to host the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships.

The future of the Stadium is unknown :

No one is quite sure what will happen to the main stadium just yet as no one seems to want it. The £486m Stadium is failing to sell itself as football clubs and the places looks set to go into public ownership before hosting the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Another grab for Lee Valley is the Velodrome

Lee Valley also take on the £93m Velodrome adding to it's cycling empire BMX, mountain and road cycle facilities.

Recycled Venues

Did you know that Waterpolo temporary structure was made from recycled cushions? All it's recycled greatness will be reused or relocated, the foundations will be unscrewed and redeployed. The Royal Artillery Barracks temporary venue will also be relocated.

Sadly that ugly red helter skelter, The Orbit Tower will remain as a tourist attraction and general piece of artwork.