With recent news that fathers of British athletes Derek Redmond (a former Olympic athlete) and Chris Mears (a 2012 hopeful) will be carrying the Olympic torch in the relay across the UK, it is worth looking at where the torch will travel on its journey to London for the 2012 Olympics.
The relay will start in May 2012 and it will visit locations such as the Tyne Bridge (where it ascends by zip wire), Mount Snowdon in Wales and across Loch Ness in Scotland. Other locations include UK landmarks such as the Giant’s Causeway and Stonehenge.
The relay will consist of an impressive 8,000 torch bearers travelling an equally interesting 8,000 miles. The idea is that the torch will be carried through every single county in England, and through all the local authorities of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Locog (the company responsible for the journey planning) claim the torch will visit within 10 miles of nearly all of the UK’s population.
No location will be too remote with places such as the Shetland Islands and Jersey seeing the torch on its Olympic relay. The Torch will start off at Land’s End and it will be:
Travelling in an Isle of Man TT sidecar, taking the chair lift at the Needles, Isle of Wight, floating in a rainforest balloon at the Eden Project, braving the white water rapids at Lee Valley , taking a trip on the Flying Scotsman, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Manx electric railway, abseiling down the Dock Tower in Grimsby, visiting the Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire, taking a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) across Lough Neagh and Loch Ness, riding a Ceredigion Cobb Horse in Aberaeron, crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on a boat, travelling on a tram and a canal boat at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, take a steamer across Windermere, skating at the National Ice Centre, riding the Heights of Abraham Cable Car in Matlock, trying Paralympic cycling at Brands Hatch, travelling in a rowing boat at Henley on Thames and on the River Bann.
The Olympic Torch will pass through 1,018 locations on its journey around Britain, starting on the 19th May and ending on the 27th July. The final leg of the 70 day journey will be a trip down the River Thames to London’s Olympic Park. This will hopefully be in time for the grand Olympic opening ceremony.