Barnstaple nurse among the first to cross the finish line at newlu finished venue.

A NORTH Devon nurse has become one of the first people to cross the finish line at London’s brand new Olympic stadium.

Charlotte Overney, lead nurse for cancer services at North Devon District Hospital, took part in Sunday’s Gold Challenge charity test event, which saw members of the public compete alongside celebrities and sporting stars.

Charlotte, 38 from Ilfracombe, was among 5,000 people picked at random to take part in the five-mile race around the Olympic Park.

She told the Gazette: “It was the first event held at the stadium; nearly 43,000 people applied for a place so I was lucky to get one.

“The stadium was amazing and although there still appears to be a lot of work to be done in the park itself, the stadium looked fairly complete.

“Unfortunately I was full of what I can only describe as flu but managed with the help of Lemsip, adrenaline. Apart from feeling rough, the adrenaline took over and the experience was fantastic.

“This was a once in the lifetime opportunity to be able to compete in such a venue as I only run for fun so would never be good enough to compete at Olympic level.

The race, started by Princess Beatrice, also featured model Nell McAndrew and Olympian Roger Black and Paralympian Danny Crates.

Finishers were spurred on in the final 300m by the sound of the theme from classic athletics film, Chariots of Fire.

It was organised by the National Lottery and watched by some 20,000 people in the stadium, who were also kept entertained by performances from Blake, Dionne Bromfield and Britain’s Got Talent winning act Spellbound.