By David Peddie on 27/07/12 at 9:54 am
Dr Sarah Springman CBE, British Triathlon President, ETU and ITU Vice President, did the fast growing sport of triathlon proud yesterday at 12.52 (Thursday 26 July), by taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on the penultimate leg of its 8,000 mile journey around the UK.
Sarah carried the Flame through Lambeth for a total distance of 370 yards before passing the Torch to the next Torchbearer. Sarah was one of over fifty members of the triathlon community chosen to be Torchbearers, representing every level of the sport in the UK from volunteers through to elite triathletes since the first leg in Cornwall on 19 May.
Sarah’s leg of the relay also marked just nine days to go until the triathlon events of the London 2012 Olympic Games, as Sarah comments: “It was incredible to carry the Torch. A truly amazing experience to be cheered on by so many people lining the route, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. The Olympics have always been so important throughout my life, so to help the Torch come to a home Games is a fantastic honour.
“The triathlon events are just days away now and I can’t wait to see Team GB line up in Hyde Park on the 4 and 7 August. Triathlon is free-to-view and I am sure will deliver the most memorable events of the Games in front of the thousands of spectators we hope will be in Hyde Park cheering on the British triathletes.”
An average of 115 Torchbearers per day have carried the Olympic Flame during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK this summer before it will arrive at the Olympic Stadium today on 27 July.