Olympic Torch relay: best moments so far

It is nearly two weeks since the Olympic Torch left Land’s End and it has already travelled in the hands of hundreds of truly inspirational people through some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery.

These are some of the best moments so far:

Ben Ainslie day 1 torch relay

The relay started in Lands End on May 19. Triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie carried the torch through Falmouth, the location of his childhood and where his passion for sailing began.

Jordan Anderton day 2

Jordan Andeton was recognised for his support and fundraising for The Teenage Cancer Trust after surviving a rare form of cancer himself.

Jonathan Edwards carries the Olympic Flame

Former Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World champion Jonathan Edwards carried the Olympic Flame through Ilfracombe.

Bronwen Davies in front of Caerphilly Castle

Bronwen Davies was appointed one of the Welsh Government’s Climate Change Champions for 2011 at young age of 15. Her contribution to her community and educating people about Carbon footprint saw her holding the torch. Bronwen says ‘A person cannot do everything, but everybody can do something.’

Philip Richards. Olympic torch -Oystermouth Castle

Philip Richards held the torch at Oystermouth Castle. His 7 years of voluntary service as a member of the South Wales Police Special Constabulary were what saw him nominated.

Ballet dancer Lydia Holt held the Olympic Torch as it passed through Cheltenham. Although only 14 her performing career already includes The Royal Albert Hall with the English National Ballet, Paris with St Petersburg Ballet and touring with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.


Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne rode her horse ‘Toytown’ through Cheltenham-Racecourse surrounded by members of the public.

Sir Chris Bonington Olympic Torch Snowdon

British Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington held the Olympic Flame on the top of Snowdon.

Jill Edge Olympic Torch bearerThe flame has travelled by plane, bus, boat and Jill Edge used her mobility scooter to transport it in Fishguard. Jill was nominated by her daughter for her contribution to both local theatre and the fight for disability rights.

Judith Gaden - River Tone through Taunton

Judith Gaden has been very involved in fundraising for Help for Heroes since sadly losing her son Corporal Tom Gaden, 1st Batalion the Rifles in Afganistan in 2009 she carried the torch on the River Tone through, the military town of Taunton.

Beth Tweddle Olympic Flame Chester

World champion gymnast Beth Tweddle carried the torch through Chester on the 11th day of it’s journey.

Children supporting the torch bearers - Shrewsbury and Cressage.

People have turned out in their thousands to watch the flame pass by and support the torch bearers. These schoolchildren were cheering when the torch passed between Shrewsbury and Cressage.

Christopher Stokes - Cleobury Mortimer to Bewdley - elephant

Christopher Stokes carries the torch by train between Cleobury Mortimer and Bewdley – passing by some unusually exotic sights.

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis Olympic torch

Torchbearer and Stoke City manager Tony Pulis holds the Olympic Flame in Stoke-On-Trent as the Flame begins its journey today.

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