It’s very close now… just one day til I have my “moment to shine” and get to carry the Olympic flame as one of the 8000 torchbearers.
I’m carrying the flame for approximately 350 metres down Tritton Road towards the Uni, running leg 121 on day 40 of the relay (Wednesday 27th June) starting at 5.45pm.
I have just received my uniform (yes, the day before, cutting it a little bit fine there LOGOC and UPS!)…
…and I’m very thankful it fits! I’m very much looking forward to wearing this tomorrow along with the most amazing gold accessory – the London 2012 torch.
I was nominated to take part in the relay by family who think I have a good attitude towards life. My mantra “life is all about the journey” is something I try to remember daily, making the most of every opportunity I am given. In the last week that has been tested – both my father in law and grandad are currently ill in hospital. Neither will be able to see me run but I will lift that torch high for them both.
I’m looking forward to seeing the banner that Coca Cola made for me somewhere in the crowd… it’ll remind me on the day to make sure I savour every moment of this little part of my journey, creating memories to last a lifetime. I hope that phrase reminds you to do something positive with your time too – be a beacon of light for someone or something.
If you fancy cheering me on tomorrow then head down to Tritton Road about an hour before the relay starts (the roads close around 4pm I think so remember that!). There will be a pole or lamp post marked up with the number 121 – I believe that’s where I’ll be starting. Oh, and if you manage to get any photos please let me have copies!
If you can’t make it tomorrow but will be near a computer or other suitable device, you can watch the whole thing live on the BBC “torch cam” http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay/day40.
I know there are many who are down on the relay as I see tweets every day from people saying the whole thing is stupid, or saying not-so-nice things about those who have been chosen to carry the flame. That is a real shame. I for one feel totally proud to have been chosen to be a part of this celebration of the Olympic spirit across the UK. I hope you can at least see that the relay is a fabulous way of not only celebrating the fact that we are hosting the Games this year, but that the spirit of the Games – peace, honour, friendship – is alive and well here in the UK.
Here’s to a great day tomorrow. I’ll wave at you!