Winning the honour to carry Olympic Torch

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AT least six people from Milton Keynes have been selected to carry the Olympic Torch ahead of this summer’s games.

Katie Spaughton, 13, from Browns Wood will carry the torch when it passes through Rugby on July 2. The teenager was chosen for her good work with Endurance GB, teaching riders about competitive long distance horse riding.

Gloria Chaplin selected to be Olympic Torch bearer''From Nash

Gloria Chaplin selected to be Olympic Torch bearer''From Nash

When she joined her pony club she put her own training on hold to help introduce the endurance discipline to the children and adults there.

Her mum, Jane said: “She was so laid back about the nomination and asked why she was being rewarded for doing something she loves.

“We are so proud of her. She is only 13 but took time out to help others learn a new skill. She deserves this.”

Gloria Chaplin, 69, will be carrying the flame in Winslow on July 9 – the day it is also due to visit Milton Keynes.

Like Katie, she found out she had been shortlisted in October, before a conditional offer was made in February.

Gloria said: “Coca-Cola, the sponsors, sent me an official confirmation on Friday with the strict instruction to only tell family and friends. I ran downstairs screaming and told my husband John. I am so proud and excited, it proves that age is just a number. To turn 70 in such a special year is really the icing on the cake.”

Gloria has worked for 20 years at the BP garage in Emerson Valley but has also tirelessly given the same length of time as a volunteer to AGE UK Milton Keynes.

Allan Grainger and Luke Webb will be carrying the torch in Milton Keynes on July 9 with Hazel Staten and Sean Vendy running the torch through Bletchley on the same date.