Olympic Torch in Cambridge



The Olympic torch came to Cambridge on evening of July 7, 2012. I went to see it the following morning at Trinity College
I arrived at 5.15 am to an area in front of the Wren Library (which houses the original manuscript of "Winnie the Pooh" -- both AA Milne and his son Christopher Robin studied here.)

The flame was lit inside the college where the public was not allowed. Then it was run round the Great Court, the venue of he Great Run as depicted in "Chariots of Fire" -- and reinacted by Seb Coe a Steve Cram in  1988.

Media coverage:

Cambridge Local Secrets

video of run round Great Court

Guardian    BBC

(note I saw it again in Stratford on July 21)

A small crowd lined the River Cam The gate from which the flame was brought.........
....... with a short run down to the river.............
.....where it was transferred to a punt  
.....as part of a small flotilla...... ..... passing St John's College
.........and on the Magdalene Bridge where it transferred back to runners
Escort vehicles on Magdalen Street TV coverage sometimes gets in the way!!
At the junction of Magdalene Street & Chesterton Lane there was a handover from one torch to another -- know as "The Kiss"
... and on its way towards St Ives & Huntingdon  


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