Sutton torch relay counts down to Olympics

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SPORTS fans will be able to get a taste of next year’s London Olympics during a torch relay around Sutton on Saturday.

The event has been organised by Active Ashfield and the torch relay was introduced at the Opening Ceremony for the Active Ashfield Games last year.

The ‘Ashfield Beacon’ will be carried by Ashfield’s sport and activity champions, including Paralympic hopeful Ollie Hynd who will hold it aloft in a swim. Other torch bearers include ice skater Jamie Whiteman, county and midlands swimming champion Shannon Brown and David Roff, who is visually impaired but hopes to run a half marathon next year.

Manager at the Idlewells Andrew Wraight said: “The excitement of the Olympics is already taking hold and the torch relay is the perfect way to mark that the games are only one year away. It’s also a great way to celebrate our local sporting heroes.”

The route will start at the Olympic-inspired adiZone at Sutton Lawn at 10.30am and finish at the Hucknall Leisure Centre adiZone around 2.30pm.

Earlier this month, World Champion Inline Skater Jenna Downing passed the Ashfield Beacon to 1992 Olympic 100m gold medallist Linford Christie at the Active Ashfield Games.

For details visit http://www.london2012.com/events/ashfield-beacon-circuit.php or http://www.activeashfield.co.uk