Running the entire Olympic Torch route

Jane Holmes, Pauline Aitchison at Foulden, Sunday, 24 June 2012Endurance Life Real Realy of Great Britain
Jane Holmes, Pauline Aitchison at Foulden, Sunday, 24 June 2012Endurance Life Real Realy of Great Britain

THE Endurancelife Real Relay, which is following the entire route of the official Olympic Torch, with athletes running every step of the way, arrived in Berwickshire at the weekend.

The relay set off from Land’s End at midnight on Monday, May 28, 10 days behind the official torch and has so far involved hundreds of runners from across the UK running through the day and night - the goal being to cover the 8000 miles in time for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Local runners including Les Turnbull, Jane Holmes, Pauline Aitchison and Brian Singleton, from Norham and Wooler running clubs took legs through Berwickshire, across the border into Northumberland and on to Lindisfarne on Sunday, June 24.

Jane Holmes was piped into the village of Foulden by her husband as she completed her leg of the torch route, accompanied by Coldstream’s Les Turnbull and other Norham Running Club athletes.

Jane handed the baton over to Pauline Aitchison who carried it over the border, travelling into Berwick and down the coast.

“The baton is fitted with a tracking device so its journey can be tracked live on the internet,” explained Pauline who took the baton at Foulden and carried it over the border heading for Berwick.

“Someone up in Scotland had added the Scottish flag so my parents were sent ahead to purchase an England one to join it!”

Shishi Mason accompanied Pauline for the 15 mile run to Lindisfarne, and they were joined at Goswick by Caroline Tyser and Hannah Humpries from Norham.