Relay team to carry another baton on way to London

ANOTHER torch relay will make its way through north Northumberland on Saturday as it too heads towards the Olympic Games in London.

The Endurancelife Real Relay is an exciting attempt to follow the entire route of the official Olympic Torch around the British Isles in one continuous non-stop journey, running every step of the way.

Starting out from Land’s End on May 28, ten days behind the official Olympic Torch, the Real Relay is involving hundreds of runners from across the British Isles running through the day and night on an 8,000-mile mission to reach the capital in time for the opening ceremony.

Among those taking part is Les Turnbull from Norham Running Club who is running 11 miles from Gattonside to Gordon before it crosses the border.

“It’s the closest Norham Running Club will come to being represented in the Olympics – this time round at least,” he quipped.

Karen Haldane, winner of the 1992 Dublin Marathon, is running the next stage from Gordon to Duns, with Jane Holmes taking the next section from Duns to Foulden. Pauline Aitchison from Wooler Running Club is tackling the 14-mile stage from Foulden, across the border, through Berwick and south to the Lindisfarne causeway.

“This is an amazing event and I’m delighted to be a part of it,” she said.

She will pass the baton to Jamie Williams who will take it on to Bamburgh. Langley Willis will then take the baton on to Embleton.

Each runner will carry the same specially designed baton fitted with a Yellowbrick Tracker device so everyone can follow its progress via the internet.