Olympic torch relay through Leicestershire how we are preparing for the event
17th February 2010
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Olympic Games 29th July – 12th August 2012

Paralympic Games 29th August – 9th September 2012



When will the Torch Relay take place?

There will be TWO torch relays: one for the Olympics the other for the Paralympics

Olympic Torch Relay

Torch will arrive directly from Greece around mid May 2012

It will travel nationally for 60 – 80 days

The final 5-7 days will be in and around London

4 days allocated per nation

3 days in each region (realistically looking at 1 day in Leicestershire)

Paralympic Torch Relay

Will cover a shorter period: 5 – 7 days

Will not replicate the Olympic Torch Relay

Be more event based 


What route is it likely to take?

LOCOG stress that the route has NOT been decided

What has been agreed is that the route will travel where 95% of the population will be within 1hr  travelling time from the flame

This will include areas of high density population (Cities)

Areas of sporting significance

Rural areas and those of outstanding natural beauty

Historic landmarks

Schools & Live Sites

Convoy will cover approx 130 miles each day


What does the convoy include and need?

Main crew of 250 (requiring accommodation and catering)

Total 45 vehicles (convoy can be as long as half a mile in length)

Vehicle overnight cleaning and policing / security

7-8,000 torch bearers (approx 100 per day, each completes about 300m)

60+ evening events / celebrations

Will use alternative modes of transport

Convoy uniforms have been commissioned but the Torch Design will go out to tender on CompeteFor in early April 2010 – opportunity for Leicestershire Creative Businesses to bid

EDF are already working on the sustainable design of the flame

Torchbearer list – national application process for torch bearers: they want local people from local communities with a story to tell and also celebrities etc


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