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|@ BBC2012 : A first for the torch relay as the flame briefly went out in Great Torrington - it was relit from the mother lantern and is now back!|
52-year-old Nettie Costin of St. Columb Major will be one of the first to relay the torch through Okehampton. Nette has been an Officer in the ATC for years and continues to dedicate her time helping disabled families within her community.
The torch will make its way 25 miles west, and will begin ceremonies at its first stop in Okehampton. From there, the relay will head north approximately 95 miles along the coast of the Bistol Channel before concluding the night in Taunton.
Paul Ruff will be one of the last to carry the torch on Day 2. The 32-year-old from Exeter will be carrying the torch through Teignmouth. Also the National Ultimate Frisby coach, Ruff had once cycled from Los Angeles to New York in 30 days to raise money for a charity.
The torch will travel closely along the eastern perimeter Dartmoor National Park. Parts of Dartmoor have been used as military firing ranges for over 200 years. (per dartmoor-npa.gov.uk)
As the torch reaches its final destination on Day 2 of the tour, it will closely pass the famous Exeter Cathedral. The cathedral dates all the way back to 1050 AD. (per exeter-cathedral.org.uk)
Cancer survivor and marathon runner Laura Plane of Plymouth will carry the torch through Brixton this morning as it embarks on its 50 mile trek to Exeter.
Mark Ormrod, 28, of Plymouth, will be one of the first to carry the torch through his hometown today. Mark served in the Royal Marines and saw active service which has caused him the loss of both his legs and as well as an arm. He continues to be a hero by contributing his time to a charity.
The Day 2 torch relay will begin in Plymouth and conclude 50 miles northeast into Exeter. The course will follow along the coast of the Lyme Bay, and will eventually cross the River Teign on its way north.
The torch will make its way through Plymouth today, known for where the Pilgrims embarked on their voyage to the New World, (per plymouth.gov.uk) hence the landing site in the U.S., Plymouth Rock.
The torch is scheduled to pass through St. Austell today, just a stone’s throw away from the largest greenhouse in the world at the Eden Project, a biodome in Cornwall where plants are collected from all over the world. (per edenproject.com)
George Phillips of Germoe will be the oldest to bear the torch on the first day. At 87 years old, Phillips has served as Honorary Consul in the South West for over 30 years, and carried the torch in 1948 on its journey through Devon to the Olympic Sailing venue in Torquay.
Poppy Mills, a 15-year-old singer from Plymouth, will be one of the final torchbearers of the first day, carrying the flame through the town of Saltash. Mills spends her spare time supporting local hospices, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many other charities.
Ben Ainslie, three-time gold medal sailor, will be the first of the 8,000 torchbearers as he commences 200 meters through his hometown of Cornwall. Ainslie will be competing for a fourth gold medal this July.
The Olympic Torch will finally make its first start at Land’s End, right along the southwestern coast of England at 7am, and make its way approximately 90 miles en route to Plymouth before nightfall.