Thursday, 31 May 2012

Olympic Torch in Congleton

I've had an amazing morning running with the Olympic torch procession in Congleton, Cheshire. I'm not sure how he managed to organise it, but the Headmaster of my son's school arranged for the school to run in the procession, as long as they had an adult with them. My son and his friend wanted to run, so I agreed to run with them. I'm so glad I did. What an amazing atmosphere. The streets were lined with the people of Congleton, cheering and waving and taking lots of photos. I think that having the children running with the procession added an extra dimension and the kids were sooooo excited (and so were the adults).

We had to run behind the full procession, which included quite a few large vehicles, so we didn't get to see much of the torch being carried. But we revelled in the fab atmosphere and made the most of the drizzly day. Well done kids for running such a long way - especially up Rood Hill (which is really steep!!!). Here we go:

Waiting at school - Congleton is also known as 'Bear Town' - hence the bear masks......


The Congleton torch has just been lit (behind the yellow coach).....


Here we go....


A proud moment for the torch bearer .......

The Olympic mascot......

Change-over time. 11 people carried the torch through Congleton, each running approximately 300m each...


Me and Ollie running in the procession (I'm turning round looking at the camera).....





 
We made it to the end - phew. Rood Hill in Congleton is very steep!!! Well done kids......

 

I hope you enjoy the Torch if it passes your way. Have a fab jubilee weekend - let's hope the sun shines x

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