Torch Relay visits Olympic mountain bike course on Day 49
The Olympic Flame visited Hadleigh Farm – the venue for this summer’s Olympic mountain bike events – as it made its way from Ipswich to Chelmsford on day 49 of the London 2012 Torch Relay.
The day began on the balcony of Christchurch Mansion House, in Ipswich, where promising 18-year-old athlete Emily Rogers was the first Torchbearer of the day. She then handed the Flame on to Paralympian Kevin Curtis, who won a sailing gold medal in the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games.
Later in the morning, when the Flame reached Southend-on-Sea, it was carried by swimmer Mark Foster, who has competed for Britain in five Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, Sydney 2000, Atlanta 1996, Barcelona 1992 and Seoul 1988).
In the afternoon, the Relay arrived at the Hadleigh Farm, where the Flame was attached to a bicycle at the start line of the Olympic mountain bike course.
After travelling over 117 miles and passing through the hands of more than 130 Torchbearers, the Flame arrived in Chelmsford for an evening celebration at Hylands House.
The final Torchbearer of the day was John Bowman, 45, from Little Dunmow, who was carrying the Flame in memory of his late wife Kirste, who was originally selected to take part in the Torch Relay for inspiring everyone who met her through her dedication to marathon running and her fundraising for breast cancer research charities despite suffering from breast cancer herself.