Kirkby mum set for five-mile run at Olympic Park

Suzanne and Luke Morton
Suzanne and Luke Morton

The mum of a London 2012 volunteer, who died at the beginning of the year, will return to London’s Olympic Stadium to take part in a five-mile race on Sunday.

Luke Morton, from Kirkby, worked at the opening and closing ceremonies at last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games after his graduation from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

The 20-year-old had planned to build a career in London’s West End but he collapsed suddenly in February and later died in hospital.

Following his death, Suzanne has launched a fundraising drive to help 10 young people to fund their education at Mount View.

She has already organised a tribute concert at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre and now she is set to undertake the National Lottery Anniversary Run, which is the first event to take place at the Olympic Stadium since last year’s games.

Suzanne said: “Luke’s spell as a Games Maker was in his words ‘the most epic time of his life’ and so to be able to run where he worked and loved means so much to me.

“I just knew in my heart that it would be a fantastic way of remembering and honouring Luke’s life.”

Suzanne is also using the run to raise awareness of the support charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

Around 15,000 entrants will race around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before running 300m to the stadium finish line on the same track that Jonnie Peacock and Mo Farah raced to gold on.