SIGHT­SEE­ING

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The Olympic fever lives on! Cheer on the Pru­den­tial RideLon­don-Sur­rey, or join in Na­tional Par­a­lympic Day.

Lois Bryson-Ed­mett dis­cov­ers, two years on from the wildly suc­cess­ful Lon­don Olympics, that the Queen El­iz­a­beth Park is still alive with sport­ing events that you can watch and take part in.

Michael Phelps be­com­ing the most dec­o­rated Olympian, Usain Bolt con­firm­ing his place as the fastest man in the world, and Jes­sica En­nis mak­ing Bri­tain proud when she be­came the hep­tathlon cham­pion – these are just some of the high­lights of the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games. Since then you might as­sume that, as with many Olympic venues, the park has sat in quiet memo­rial of these great events, but this is far from true.

To­day’s Lon­don Olympic Park is alive with ac­tiv­ity and, of course, sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions. Cheer on the 24,000 cy­clists in the Pru­den­tial RideLon­don-Sur­rey 100 (10 Aug), which sets off from the park, then passes through the Sur­rey countryside, be­fore re­turn­ing to Lon­don at The Mall for the grand finale.

Sports fans of a dif­fer­ent kind can flock to the park for Gfin­ity G3 (2-3 Aug). Held in the Cop­per Box Arena, which was home to hand­ball and fenc­ing in the Olympics, e-sports teams from around the world will bat­tle it out for pres­ti­gious ti­tles on video games such as FIFA 14, StarCraft II and CallOfDuty:Ghosts.

As many of the sport­ing venues have opened their doors to the pub­lic, you can live out your own Olympic fan­tasies. Hit some balls in the Lee Val­ley Ten­nis Cen­tre, or take a dip in Zaha Ha­did’s un­du­lat­ing Aquat­ics Cen­tre. The pool is still favoured by sports stars, so you might even bump into the Olympic diver Tom Da­ley who likes to train there.

But it’s not just about sports at the park. The Na­tional Par­a­lympic Day fea­tur­ing the Mayor of Lon­don’s Lib­erty Fes­ti­val (30 Aug) gives you the chance to en­joy Par­a­lympic sport along­side live mu­sic, theatre and dance from deaf and dis­abled artists. And at the Po­etry Pot­ting Shed (4- 8 Aug), you can dis­cover your in­ner Wordsworth. With the help of the poet-in­res­i­dence at the drop-in ses­sions, you can have a go at writ­ing your own po­etry.

And while you are in the park, make sure you visit Anish Kapoor and Ce­cil Bal­mond’s ArcelorMit­tal Or­bit. The red, tan­gled tower rises 376 feet above the sky­line, and of­fers un­for­get­table views across the city. For full list­ing, turn to p. 30

“Hit some balls in Lee Val­ley Ten­nis Cen­tre or take a dip in the Aquat­ics pool”

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