Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC is the closest athletics club to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the club being based at St. Augustine's Hall in the north-east corner of Victoria Park, just over three-quarters of a mile away as the crow flies. Club member Perri Shakes-Drayton (@shakesdrayton) was selected to represent Great Britain in the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. Her results are below:
Perri Shakes-Drayton of VPHTHAC and Great Britain celebrates victory in the Women's 400 Metres Hurdles Final during day three of the Aviva 2012 UK Olympic Trials and Championship at Alexander Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Birmingham. (Source: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
Geoff Iden came ninth in the marathon at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics with a time of 2 hours 30 minutes and 42 seconds, and Rene Howell ran in the steeplechase at the 1948 London Games, although he had by then moved to west London and was a member of Finchley Harriers.
Team USA track and field athletes will be training at the club's home stadium at Mile End. Team USA has made significant investments into Mile End Stadium, including resurfacing the track, pole vault and high jump areas and improving the throwing circles. There will be coaching clinics run by USA national coaches and a chance for 100 Tower Hamlets residents to watch Team USA practice at the stadium. Team USA will also donate sporting memorabilia to Tower Hamlets' London 2012 archive.
The following are some of the main sources for keeping up with London 2012: