Last week the Olympic Flame was lit in Olympia before setting off on a seven day tour of Greece. Now the flame has been passed over to British delegates, Princess Anne, David Beckham, London mayor Boris Johnson and London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe who will transport the flame to Britain this afternoon.
The team will fly to Britain with the flame and like lots of people I was fascinated to discover how the flame stays alight on board the aircraft. Apparently it is transferred into a ceremonial lantern where it can safely burn for 30 hours before been transferred back to the torch for the start of the relay.
When the flame arrives this evening it’s suspected that Princess Anne will carry the flame off the plane and onto British soil. Tomorrow morning the long awaited relay will begin in Land’s End where Olympian Ben Ainslie will run the first 300 meters of the 70 day relay that involved 8000 torchbearers and a mammoth 8000 miles before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July.
Talking of torchbearers I read an interesting article today on Saga’s website that looks into the variety of torchbearers who will be taking part. They featured ten torchbearers who were successfully selected and are all aged between 57 and 94. As a sporting event it’s easy to think that those involved in the Olympic Torch Relay will all be young, fit and incredibly athletic. But that’s not the case as the Olympic committee carefully selected people from all areas, backgrounds and generations which is a brilliant way of getting everyone excited about the Games.
Click here for route of the Torch Relay.by