Olympic flame: routes and runners

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EXCITEMENT is building following confirmation of the route and the runners carrying the Olympic Flame through Milton Keynes.

The Olympic Flame convoy will arrive in Milton Keynes on the morning of July 9, from Luton via the A5. Once the Flame arrives at its official ‘torchbearer’ point, each torchbearer will carry it for 300m.

Three torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame in Central Milton Keynes, starting at 8.32am on Childs Way, travelling along Saxon Gate and Silbury Boulevard, and finishing where Silbury Boulevard meets Grafton Gate. The Olympic Flame convoy will then drive to Bletchley, and at 9.01am arrives at Saxon Street, near the roundabout to Princes Road. Five torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame west along Buckingham Road and it will stop briefly at Bletchley Park. From Bletchley the convoy will travel to Oxford, leaving on the A421.

Roads will be closed along the ‘torchbearer route’ to allow the safe passage of the Olympic Flame

The exact routes, and the runners are available by clicking onto the following link to the website which gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Milton Keynes.

The council has also set up its own dedicated web page, where updates will be posted.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) advises that standing on the left hand side of the street the Flame is being carried along will generally mean you are nearing Torchbearers and therefore get the best view of the action.

Torch Relay keepsakes and other goodies will be handed out from the left hand side of the vehicles. Generally, there won’t be any barriers between the pavement and the road, unless they already exist. This should help members of the public to get a good view

Residents living in and around MK can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame today include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has endeavoured to slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.

Milton Keynes Council Leader Andrew Geary said: “The Olympic torch is a symbol of striving for the very best, that super positive ‘can do’ attitude which embodies the spirit of Milton Keynes and its residents.

“It will be a very proud day for our city and the whole of the borough and we hope people turn out in their droves to cheer on our torchbearers.”

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life, with thousands of inspirational people from all over the UK being confirmed as Torchbearers.

“We hope local communities come out and line the streets to cheer on the Torchbearers, and celebrate the Olympic Games coming to the UK.”

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.

Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the official London 2012 education programme. The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and cheering on their local Torchbearers. Resources include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing one Get Set network school’s preparations for the Relay.