IT’S been less than two weeks since Greg Rutherford wowed the country by winning Olympic gold, but already his home town athletics club has started the search to find Team GB’s next long jump champion.
The 25-year-old played a big part in arguably the greatest ever night for British sport when he jumped to victory in the Olympic Stadium, just after Jessica Ennis clinched heptathlon gold and just before Mo Farah won the 10,000m.
But Rutherford’s dream night would not have been possible were it not for the grounding he had at Milton Keynes Athletic Club. And to celebrate his achievement – and potentially unearth another superstar – the club will be hosting a special evening this Saturday to give city youngsters the chance to begin their own journey to Olympic stardom.
Opening up the five long jump pits at the club’s Stantonbury home track, members and coaches will be on hand to demonstrate the skills of the discipline, and of course let young people take their first leap on the path to a potential career in athletics.
The evening will coincide with the arrival in Milton Keynes of the Olympic ‘Battle Bus’ – a campaign to promote grassroots sport following London 2012 which will see 5,000 sporting events take place across the country.
More details will follow later this week, but for now the club would like to invite anyone who wants to give long jump a try along to Stantonbury this Saturday from 4.30pm.