Excitement is building for when the Olympic Torch Relay takes place in Chester. There are now just 33 days to go until our community heroes will carry the torch through Chester next month, and in the build up, The Chronicle have been looking at all those who have been selected
TWO Chester teenagers who will carry the Olympic Torch through the city next month are embarking on a 960-mile charity bike ride across the country.
Hockey sensation Huw Barrett, 17, and 16-year-old Alex Staniforth, the youngest person ever to conquer the National Three Peaks Challenge alone, have joined forces to cycle all the way from Land’s End to John o’ Groats to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Epilepsy Action.
Just over a month after the teenagers proudly carry the flame through Chester, they will set off from John o’ Groats on the demanding journey, aiming to complete the feat in no more than 11 days.
Alex and Huw will be joined on the trip, which kicks off on August 18, by Holly Worthington, who is carrying the torch in her hometown of Watford.
The 19-year-old, who was nominated for her regular volunteering with disabled adults, raised more than £2,000 completing the cycling challenge last year for the Foundation for the Study of Infant death.
For Alex, from Kelsall, the challenge is just another arduous fundraising task he has set himself this year.
The Tarporley High School student is already planning to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc in the Alps for Cancer Research UK and the Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust.
“The bike ride was something that I’d wanted to do for a while and straight away I found two other torchbearers who wanted to join me which was great,” said Alex.
“I initially planned to do it next summer but then I thought ‘why not do it this summer instead?
“I think it's great that as well as sharing the iconic journey of the Olympic Torch across the UK, we will also be sharing a 960-mile journey from the beginning to the end of the UK, further spreading the Olympic message of inspiration and achievement.
He added: “We can support each other along the way as well as enjoying what will be a great experience for all of us.”
Alex and Huw are appealing to local businesses who may be able to sponsor their attempt and any local cycle businesses who can supply them with discounted gear. If you can help, contact Alex on 07891 841376
AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager from Whitby will blaze a trail through the streets of Chester next month after being chosen to carry the Olympic Torch.
Caitlin Kennedy was put forward for the once-in-a-lifetime relay by a teacher at the Whitby High School, where the dedicated 18-year-old worked tirelessly to transform the school’s sporting life.
Caitlin spent four years as a Platinum Sport Ambassador for the Cheshire Oaks School Sport Partnership, tasked with promoting physical activity among her fellow students.
Last year she collected more than 1,000 signatures to save the partnership, which helps high schools work with primary pupils to encourage participation, after the Government threatened to pull its funding.
Caitlin, now a student at the University of Chichester, said: “It’s so exciting to be part of the Olympic Games and I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to carry the torch as it passes through West Cheshire.
Despite juggling her duties with the pressures of schoolwork, Caitlin organised and ran extra-curricular clubs, competitions, Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes and residential trips, coached windsurfing and trained young sports leaders.
She also arranged a ‘mini Olympics’, uniting more than 400 primary school pupils in a mass celebration of sport.
And the teenager even found time to compete in two Junior Windsurfing World Championships and raise hundreds of pounds for charities, including Sport Relief and Macmillan Cancer Research.