East End gets ready for Olympics 2012 torch relay with 10 runners selected

The route of the torch relay to start the summer Olympics revealed today goes through London’s East End twice.

An average of 115 Torchbearers carry the flame each day during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the stadium on July 27 to light the cauldron signifying the official start of the London 2012 Games, taking 70 days to complete.

But on Day 64, it starts in Greenwich, crosses the Thames to Newham, then through Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest. It returns six days later after having toured every London borough.

The torchbearers selected for Tower Hamlets include Kristin Hallenga, the 26-year-old from Shadwell diagnosed with breast cancer named Cosmopolitan ‘Ultimate Campaigner of the Year’ who launched her Coppafeel! Charity to help young women detect early signs of the disease.

Oldest of the Tower Hamlets runners is 62-year-old David Harris, while youngest are two teenagers, Georgia Tuckfield who is 15 and Nahimul Islam, 17.


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The others are 21-year-olds Mahboobur Rahman, Paulina Kr�lak and Raju Miah, 40-year-olds Brad Wilson and Martin Brooks, along with Jasiek Mela, 23 and Abul Kasam, 30.

The Flame will travel through 1,000 communities round Britain and also be carried by a variety of transports including boat, cable car, hot air balloon, bicycle, motorbike and even horseback.

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Sport Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “This is a big day in the Olympic preparations—the Torch Relay now comes to life for millions of people to plan where they’re going to see the flame and cheer on local torchbearers.”

The route through the East End on Day 64 comes over Bow Bridge along Bow Road and Mile End Road, then into Whitehorse Road, Redmans Road, Stepney Green, Jubilee Street, Stepney Way, Sidney Street, left along Whitechapel Road, into Osborn Street, Wentworth Street, then along Commercial Street into Shoreditch High Street at the top and into Hackney.

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