As soon as I stepped off the Torchbearer's bus I was literally mobbed by excited people who wanted to touch and have their photo taken with the torch.
|with daughter Francesca|
Despite the poor weather and rain the street was thronged with people. Then after about 20 minutes the preceding runner came into view and it was time to transfer the flame (called a kiss) to my torch.
And then I was off on my 300m stretch.
Despite saying this was going to be my slowest 300m ever and feeling as though I had taken my time, fellow torchbearers following on the bus seemed to think that I had given it "big licks". But all in all it was a fantastic experience and one which I was honoured to be part of.
This time the torch is being carried by 8000 runners in Britain alone and passes at least within an hour of every home in Britain.
Thanks to Francesca and Ross for the photos