Any Olympic Torchbearers on here?

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12/12/2012 at 00:42

Well, you might have guessed it from the name!

I've ran all sorts of events from 5 mile to half marathon, but the best run of my life was just 300 metres long. I carried the London 2012 Olympic flame in Chester on the 29th May 2012. I got to run over a bridge with Roman guards on and there must have been 2000-3000 people watching as I came over. I love the crowds at races but this was just out of this world! (Including a few shouts from my running club, as expected!) I jogged it but it went like a blur. Very grateful for the opportunity and wish I could do it again.

Wondered if there's any on here who shared a similar experience?  

12/12/2012 at 08:14

I think you'll find most on Ebay

seren nos    pirate
12/12/2012 at 08:18

I watched it as my son was a of the best experiences he has had.........

the local childrens charity used his torch for their pantomine last weekend of aladdin........and it has been taken around schools, brownie groups, youth clubs and ladies groups ..........

 and the sun was shining and i love watching the video of it as he was on stage for a while talking to the DJ before handing it over...

12/12/2012 at 09:27
Looking back it does seems to me to be the "non event" of the year. All hype and no real substance. Is it just me or does anybody else think that?
12/12/2012 at 09:32

I agree (but I'm a miserable git, and accept I might be in the minority on this).
I did a section of the real relay, which was better because it was real and a relay. 

12/12/2012 at 09:44
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
Looking back it does seems to me to be the "non event" of the year. All hype and no real substance. Is it just me or does anybody else think that?

I agree too.  I really couldn't see the point of it.  

I did go up the road to watch it go by, in case it was a "you had to be there" kind of thing - but it was all sponsors' vehicles, police vehicles... wasn't this supposed to be the "green" Olympics?

cougie    pirate
12/12/2012 at 11:12

Did you go along NLR ?  I took a day off work and took the family - we had a great day - sun was shining - we had a beautiful walk to see the torch and it was genuinely exciting. 

Wilkie - the Olympics cant be green - you move 1000s of people around the globe.  A few more cars aren't going to make much difference. 

12/12/2012 at 11:23

I didn't have any involvement in the torch relay but I don't feel the need to piss on anyone's chips about it either. 

As for the Olympics generally, once they've finally put the grass back in Greenwich Park I'm fairly sure my lasting memories of the whole thing will be very fond ones.  Top summer of sport. 

12/12/2012 at 12:00

Perhaps you had to be there in spirit as well.

My Mrs ran the torch through our town centre, the streets were packed with thousands of people - all happy, smiling, cheering. She had the most fantastic day - really buzzing with excitment.

And then we went to see Mo win the 5000m - really top day.

Since then she's been invited to a number of social & chartiy events (and I've blagged my way along as well), we've met more torch-bearers, games-makers & other volunteers and celebs - met Dame Kelly Holmes on Monday evening.

It's still going on really - the local council are genuinely trying to capture the "legacy" thing to improve sports opportunities for the town.

12/12/2012 at 12:01
PhilPub wrote (see)

I didn't have any involvement in the torch relay but I don't feel the need to piss on anyone's chips about it either. 



Some just love doing it though, they will deffo have a Bah Humbug Christmas

Edited: 12/12/2012 at 12:03
12/12/2012 at 12:06

The OP asked for other people's experience of the torch parade.  Should only people who agree with the OP reply?



12/12/2012 at 12:08

Wilkie - certainly not, but there are posters on here who are certainly have a glum outlook on most topics

12/12/2012 at 12:26
How can it be described as a non event? Every time I saw it, in person or on tv there streets were full of people enjoying it. For many of the evening celebrations 3 or 4 times more people turned up compared to what was forecast at the beginning of the year.
Maybe not your cup of tea but can't be described as a non event.
12/12/2012 at 12:33

I wanted to join the club, had a run with them and the bloke who ran with me was going on and on about his torchbearing feat, how he ran 40 marathons and raised over £50.000 in charity. After this I never came back. Either you do fundraising for self gratification or for real reasons. I wanted to do endurancelife relay but I was beaten to a place by somebody.

12/12/2012 at 13:10
I got up extra early and went to the torch parade. A few vehicles drove by and coca cola people gave out unhealthy drinks and someone really unfit person ran past with one of many thousand grotesque looking pieces of metal. I wasn't pissing on chips as I prefer vinegar and certainly wasn't dissing the whole Olympics which was a huge worldwide success due to some re-turfing.
12/12/2012 at 13:18

You don't need to justify yourself petal, you are entitled to your opinion and I for one value it very highly.

12/12/2012 at 14:13
Thank you Mr Puff.
12/12/2012 at 16:56

I had a great time on the day and have had many more since going to schools/clubs/supermarkets and even a residential home (No one there could get to see it so it went to them )and since then it's been used to raise around £3k for charity. On the day I went to a local school where a mini olympics had been organised for 6 schools and all the children/staff/helpers were very excited about seeing it. Not everybody's bag but for those whose bag it was and is, it's a bit special, Oh, and it won't be going on ebay either. The LoCoG nominees had to buy their own yet I believe the sponsors runners, in the main, had theirs bought for them so they may have been more inclined to sell!

12/12/2012 at 22:44

seren nos and what are your relatives torchbearers called? I may know them! I've met hundreds of flame bearers! Such an awesome bunch of people. By far the most inspirational I've ever met. I'm honoured to be part of them. If all of you guys on here criticising it met some of these people and heard their stories you'd be sure to appreciate it more.

 'Grotesque' pieces of metal? Oh come on! There must be some jealousy there? Maybe I'm just biased as I have one proudly on my mantelpiece but it's definitely a beautiful and iconic looking thing. I will never see how it is a 'non-event' either.

Tinselcelt- good to find someone else! I've raised money for charity with it too but not that much- that's fantastic! Where did you run? 

seren nos    pirate
13/12/2012 at 08:22

tinsel celt...........I don't think that having the torch bought for you makes a difference to whether you sold it or not.......

i know a couple early on sold the torch for the charities that they were nominated for as they felt the torch was not really theirs but the charities.........

i can see it weasn't everyones cup of tea.but t was ion the tele enough for you to unsderstand what it was about..........i think it really strange that afgter seeing the coverage and knowing what it was about that some people then still went to watch it  even though they knew they wouldbn't enjoy it...........I'm sure there is a word for that.....

I also think it s a good design and the faces of people that hold it is amazing..I didn't think it would mean so much to those not taking part

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