Torch run is under starter’s orders

PLANS to stage a special one-off Olympic torch run in Fenland have taken a step forward.

March man Reg Kemp has stepped up to the mark to organise the area’s only torch run and is now hoping to hold a ‘Jog in the Park’ on July 15.

Mr Kemp was among those disappointed that Fenland was missed out of the official Olympic Torch relay being held nationwide to mark the 2012 Olympics being held this summer in London.

However, while Fenland was left out in the cold by the relay organisers, there are still representatives from the district taking part in legs across the Eastern region.

Among them are four people from March: local law firm partner Ian Groome, business woman Jacqui Fairfax, David White and Robyn Joly.

And Mr Kemp is hoping the local quartet will take part in the ‘Jog in the Park’ he is planning alongside one of the summer band concerts in West End Park.

He has already had the thumbs up from Jacqui and Ian and he is waiting to hear whether David and Robyn will join in.

All torch bearers have the chance to buy a souvenir torch as a keepsake after they have participated in their stage of the official relay.

As a result members of the public will have a chance to see the torches first hand thanks to the local runners, who will be showing off their torches during the ‘Jog in the Park’.

Mr Kemp said the event is still in the early stages of planning and is subject to Fenland Council approval. The council technically owns West End Park so permission for the event needs to come from them.

Mr Kemp is hoping there will not be too many issues with his idea and that the public will support the March Olympic torch run.

Anyone interested in helping Reg can contact him via - he is also keen to hear from torch bearers David and Robyn about whether or not they would like to take part.