FENLAND will have its own Olympic torch run thanks to the efforts of March man Reg Kemp.
Four people from the town have been chosen to take part in the official nationwide Olympic torch relay when it comes to this area next month.
But sadly the relay does not come to Fenland, something Mr Kemp felt was a blow to the area and its residents.
Consequently he decided to organise a special one-off Olympic torch run in Fenland calling it ‘a jog in the park’.
Two months of dealing with council red tape have finally resulted in Fenland Council granting a permit for the event to take place and Mr Kemp is delighted.
It will now go ahead on Sunday July 15 at West End Park when three of the town’s four official torch bearers have agreed to walk or jog round the park with their torches.
Local law firm partner Ian Groome, business woman Jaqui Fairfax and Robyn Joly have all agreed to participate. However, Mr Kemp has been unable to trace the fourth person, David White.
But Mr Kemp said he would be more than welcome to join in the one-hour event if he would like to.
The ‘jog in the park’ has been timed to coincide with the regular summer Sunday band concerts and will start at 1pm concluding just before the music, which will be provided by March Brass 2000, is due to begin at 2pm.
Mr Kemp hopes people will take the opportunity to join in and to get a closer look at the Olympic torches, which bearers in the official relay were able to buy as a souvenir after their run.
“Hopefully people will come along and enjoy the informal jog and perhaps get to hold one of the torches for themselves,” concluded Mr Kemp.
In all nine Fenlanders have been chosen to join the official Olympic torch relay when it comes to this region as part of its 70-day tour of Britain.
They are: Tom Baty (28), the multi-medal winning paralympic powerlifter formerly from Wisbech but now living in Ely, who will run the Felixstowe leg on July 5.
Mark Spinks (47), a table tennis coach from Walpole Highway, who will run the Great Yarmouth leg also on July 5.
Charles Cattell (66) from Wisbech, who runs on July 4 in Spalding,
Matthew Dawson (16) of Wisbech, who will participate in the Huntingdon leg on July 8 and Kieron Green (12), of Walsoken. who runs at Moulton on July 4.
Then there is the March four: Jaqui Fairfax (52) takes part in the Holbeach leg on July 4.
Ian Groome (54) runs at Long Sutton on July 4.
Robyn Joly (70), runs in Peterborough also on July 4 and David White (54), runs next Wednesday (June 27) in Mumby, Lincolnshire.
The flame began its journey at Land’s End on May 19 and is due to arrive at the Olympic stadium for the opening ceremony on July 27. For details of the relay visit: www.london2012.com.