Will the Olympic torch pass your door? Full route of 70-day, 8,000-mile Games relay revealed

-8,000 torchbearers will take the torch on the 70-day journey that will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the population
-It will start at Land's End on May 19 and end at the Olympic Stadium on July 27
-Every street it passes through is plotted on a new interactive map
-The runners will be dressed in a new white and gold outfit designed by Adidas

By MARTIN ROBINSON

Dressed to impress: Today five London 2012 Torchbearers, including 99-year-old Dinah Gould, second left, hold torches in the new white and gold outfits unveiled this morning

A street-by-street map of London 2012's 8,000-mile Olympic torch relay across the UK and Ireland was launched today as uniforms for those carrying it was also unveiled.
Running from Land's End to as far as the Outer Hebrides and Dublin, every inch of road it will go on has been plotted so Britons can find out just how close they can get to the iconic symbol of the Olympic movement.

Excitement: (left to right) Abul Kasam, 30, Dinah Gould, 99, Dominic John MacGowan , 11, Rosy Ryan, 17, and Aidan Kirkwood, 23, will all be London 2012 Torchbearers. Seen here this morning with London Mayor Boris Johnson and Olympian Jonathan Edwards, centre right

After being flown in from Greece, the flame will eventually arrive at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, for the opening ceremony of the Games on July 27.
The relay, involving 8,000 torchbearers, is set to ignite interest in the Games during its 70-day epic journey, and will come within 10 miles of 95 per cent of the population.
Each will wear a white outfit, designed by Adidas, with gold piping and London 2012 logo across their chests.

Launch: London Mayor Boris Johnson at Redlands Primary School in London today with children and torchbearers

Games organisers say the kit's gold lines 'reflect the energy of the Olympic flame'.
It has also been designed to make it easy for all the torchbearers to run in.
'The uniform is easy to wear and celebrates the important role of the torchbearer,' a LOCOG spokesman told MailOnline.
'The uniform is made of breathable materials to ensure that our Torchbearers remain comfortable whatever the weather. The uniforms work well together but clearly distinguish the different roles the wearers have.'
An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the flame during the nationwide relay, from May 19 to July 27.

Epic: This map shows the 70-day journey of the torch as it touches all parts of the UK. It will also go to Dublin.

There will be seven island visits: to the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Guernsey, Jersey, Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis.
The locations have been confirmed by organisers, taking in famous sports venues, historic sites and places of outstanding natural beauty.
On most days of the relay, the Olympic Flame will travel for 12 hours each day ending in an evening celebration event.

Happy: Olympic torch runners Julia Chilcott and Mel Moore, pictured, will carry the torch through Maidstone in Kent and are two of 8,000 bearers

Proposed start times of when and where the Olympic Flame will travel across Britain are also included online.
Launching the map London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has declared 'today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life'.
'The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets,' he added.
'Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate.'

Proud: Pupils from Cross Flatts Primary School in Leeds celebrate the announcement with Great Britain diver Callum Johnstone, third from left, torchbearers Diane McKenna and Simon Brown, centre, and Councillor Adam Ogilivie, fourth from right

Details on the two-day finale to the 70-day relay, which brings the Olympic Flame to the lighting of the cauldron to start the Games are being kept under wraps until closer to the start of the relay.
Around 8,000 people, many of whom are members of the public who have been nominated for community spirit, courage and sporting determination, have been named as torchbearers.
The youngest unsung hero is 12 and each torchbearer will wear a white-and-gold uniform which have been designed by Adidas.
Background checks are being run on all the nominees before the final line-up is confirmed.
Former Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards joined London Mayor Boris Johnson for a demonstration of the torch relay handovers at a school in east London this morning.

source: dailymail

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