Olympic Flame reaches summit of Snowdon
The Olympic Flame reached the summit of Snowdon – the second highest peak in the UK – on day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, as more Torchbearers were given their moment to shine. The Flame travelled to the top of the 1,085-metre peak in a miner’s lantern aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway and was carried to the highest point on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay by world-renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonnington.
“This was a very special moment for me and it totally exceeded all my expectations,” said Bonnington. “I think it's not only the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame to the top of Snowdon, but also the fact it’s part of a long journey for me which goes back to 1952 when I first started climbing here on Snowdon and spent New Year’s Eve in an empty cafe in the bitter cold. So this really is a lovely exercise of passage for me and it was lovely to share it with my fellow climbers and people who love the hills and to feel their warmth and approval.”
The Olympic Flame had started the day in Beaumaris, north Wales, and was carried by 125 inspirational Torchbearers as it travelled 79.35 miles through 20 communities before arriving in Chester for the Evening Celebration.
The first Torchbearer of the day was 15-year-old Lorna Price from Amlwch, who was nominated for overcoming her visual impairment to compete in karate and gymnastics.
Other inspirational Torchbearers included Ian Turner, 56, from Llandudno, who was nominated for his work in raising money for charity, and Angela Board, 54, from Conwy, who carried the Flame in Kinmel Bay. She was nominated for her dedication to Conwy Whales swimming club, which caters exclusively for children with disabilities and is the only club of its type in north Wales. Angie started the club in 2002 with a handful of children and has worked tirelessly over the years for the club, which now has in excess of 30 members.
Paul Gavin, 23, from Runcorn, was another Torchbearer chosen for inspiring others. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 but has kept a positive outlook on life, cheering up the younger cancer patients at Alder Hey children’s hospital and helping them through their treatment. He has also raised more than £30,000 for cancer charities.
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