As I’m sure you are all aware the Olympic Torch Relay is currently taking place around the UK. It’s a 70 day relay involving one flame and 8,000 torchbearers. It arrived in the UK on the 17th May and is due to arrive at the opening ceremony on the 27th July.
On Thursday it made it’s route into Crewe and we were there on behalf of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire campus, to document it.
It was an early start, with road closures from 7am, so I was really impressed with the amount of people who showed up to watch and support the event. I hadn’t realised it would be so much fun, Andy especially was in his element. There was a fantastic atmosphere and if you are in two minds whether to go out and see it, I highly recommend you do. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we felt really honoured to be able to document it.
I’m not entirely sure how Andy managed to capture the front of the convoy without getting run over!
Torchbearer Maria Carmen Ruiz De Vargas getting ready to carry the flame through Crewe.
Andy captured a great photo of the torch ‘kiss’…
MMU Cheshire are hosting a selection of Olympic athletes in pre-games training camps. In the photo below are (from front left) Mowen Boino, 400m hurdler from Papa New Guinea, Chris Walasi and Pauline Kwalea, both 100 metre sprinters from the Solomon Islands.
Check out the action shot of Andy and I below (Thanks to John Campbell for the photo) – how funny do we look in our special ‘Media’ bibs! That was the only downside of the day, haha! And the best part was we got to hold one of the torches – Yay!