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Royston has Olympic Torch relay

The Olympic spirit came to Royston when local runners took their own version of the torch around the town.

The local torch relay took place at the beginning of May, when members of the Royston Runners carried a torch through 30 different stages.

The 10-mile route started at the Heath Sports Club and ended at the Priory Memorial Gardens.

The event was organised by veteran runner Maurice Hill. Runner Chris Coghlan ran the first leg of the event and Maurice took part in the last leg alongside all the participating runners.

Councillor Lindsay Davidson, chairman of the Royston 2012 committee, said: “When we realised we were not going to get the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay coming to Royston, we thought we would do our own.

“I must say that Maurice Hill jumped at the idea and helped organise the route and got members of the Royston Runners involved.

“I think the relay really captured the Olympic spirit and after the disappointment of not having the national Torch Relay, we showed that we are playing our part in celebrating a great sporting event.”

Royston’s MP Oliver Heald lit an Olympic beacon in the Priory Memorial Gardens at the end of the relay.

The event will be included on a DVD of Royston’s 2012 celebrations, which is being produced by a team of young people in the town.

The team of volunteers, from the Royston Schools Academy Trust, are filming events throughout the year for the DVD, which will be given to every schoolchild in the town.

A scrapbook, containing written reports of events and photographs, is also being produced.


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