Olympic torch route revealed
THE street-by-street route the Olympic torch will take through Newquay has been revealed this week.
The Olympic flame will start its journey at Mount Wise on Saturday, May 19, at 1.11pm before being taken through Berry Road, Cliff Road, Henver Road and Trevenson Road. The torch will be taken to Newquay Tretherras where a duathlon and triathlon sporting event will be staged to mark the historic occasion.
The flame will be taken on the route of the triathlon course before leaving the town along Henver Road at 2.45pm. Several celebrations will be staged along the route through the town on the day, including a major civic reception.
Young people are being invited to enter the duathlon and triathlon so they can get a feel of Olympic-style competition. The day will continue with a family fun day at the Newquay Sports Centre. Tretherras headteacher Sue Martin said: “We feel incredibly honoured and privileged to have been asked to host the torch, the torchbearers and the crew for an hour as part of the Olympic Flame Relay.
“We have been very involved in the ‘Get Set’ programme which focuses on the inspirational Olympic values, so the opportunity to be part of this historic journey on its very first day is
incredibly exciting. It will be a fantastic day for Tretherras and Newquay as a whole. We are planning a huge celebration which people will be inspired by and remember for a long time.”
Tretherras director of sport, Richard Higginson, said: “The Olympic torch coming to Tretherras is a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all students, the community and nearby areas where the torch may not be passing to get involved, enjoy the atmosphere and see the Olympic flame.
“We are very excited that the torch will follow our triathlon course and run into the
finishing area where we will present medals to our duathlon and triathlon participants. The academy has been working hard with Carrick Leisure, Newquay Town Council and Sports Centre so this unique moment can benefit Newquay.
“Everyone is welcome to come along on the day, whether participating or not, and join in the festivities at Tretherras, sharing in day one of the Olympic torch relay.
“The event will bring the Olympics to life in Newquay and fit in with the Olympic sporting programme the academy has been planning for this year.”
The torch relay will start its journey at Land’s End and travel through Truro before arriving in Newquay, moving on to St Stephen and St Austell as part of its 70-day, 8,000 mile trip around the UK before arriving at the stadium in London.
Chris Ridgers, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, said: “This is a hugely important day for Cornwall as we will be in the spotlight for both the arrival of the Olympic flame and the first day of the torch relay.
“The Olympic Games is the biggest event in the world and we want as many people as possible to get involved by taking part in local events and lining the streets to cheer the Olympic flame on its journey.”
The Newquay Olympics for primary and secondary schools will be held at Newquay Tretherras on May 30, as well as the Cornwall School Games on June 22, which is open to all schools.