Olympic torch: Sebastian Coe carries 2012 flame
- 25 June 2012
- From the section UK
Sebastian Coe was given a warm welcome as he carried the Olympic torch through his home city of Sheffield.
The London 2012 chairman joked with the security team just before his stint, asking what kind of run they wanted and was told to be "bouncy and jolly".
Among the early torchbearers on day 38 of the relay was Steven Tomlinson , 15, the son of fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.
He carried the torch in Beeston on behalf of his late mother, who died from cancer in 2007 at the age of 43.
She carried the torch ahead of the 2004 Games in Athens and set up the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which has raised more than £3m for charity.
Lord Coe was one of 142 torchbearers carrying the flame on its journey from Leeds to Sheffield .
The double Olympic gold medallist looked in good shape as he covered his section of the relay - every inch the former athlete who beat all-comers in the 1500m at the 1980 and 1984 Games.
Monday's route covered 76 miles as it travelled south from Leeds to end the day with celebrations at Barkers Pool, in the centre of Sheffield.
Throughout the day the relay travelled through Leeds, Huntslet, Beeston, Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract, Ackworth, Lundwood, Barnsley, Darton and Kexbrough.
It also travelled to Chapeltown, Ecclesfield and Parson Cross before heading to Sheffield.
During the morning the flame was taken to the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.
In the afternoon it was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital, where Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Lord Coe met some of the patients.
Debjani Chatterjee , who will be a torchbearer on Tuesday, carried the flame into the hospital in a lantern so the children could see it, and they also were given the chance to hold an Olympic torch.
In Leeds there was a minor incident in which a woman stepped out in front of Romanian torchbearer Alexandra Dumitru and attempted to touch the torch.
She was pushed to the side by the Metropolitan Police torch security team officers.
It later emerged she was Gilda Porcelli who owns and runs an Italian restaurant in Leeds city centre.
She said she had been hoping to bring good luck to the Italian football team ahead of its clash with Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals on Thursday.
Simon Brown carried the flame in Morley. The former soldier was shot in the face while saving the lives of six of his colleagues in Iraq.
After months of rehabilitation and dozens of operations to rebuild his face the 33-year-old now helps young people come to terms with their own loss of sight at St Dunstan's charity in Sheffield.
In Ackworth, Jack Mitchell was helped out of his wheelchair to walk with the torch.
The 19-year-old suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2010 and underwent life-saving surgery followed by 14 months in rehabilitation.
Crowds and the torch security team applauded Mr Mitchell as he made his slow but steady progress with the flame, helped by someone he knew.
Another torchbearer was Jono Lancaster who featured on BBC documentary Love Me Love My Face.
The 27-year-old, from Wakefield, was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affected the way his facial bones developed while in his mother's womb.
Doctors said he may not walk or talk and, only 36 hours after he was born, his parents gave him up for adoption.
Despite the odds, Jono has completed marathons, attended college and now works as a gym instructor. He said he is tired of people doubting him because of the way he looks.
"I want to show the world I'm a regular guy living my life the way I want," he added.
Harry Crowther , 13, from Mirfield, also carried the torch through Wakefield.
The teenager has Atypical Progeria Syndrome, a premature ageing disorder, which means he also suffers severe arthritic pain.
The man chosen to hand the torch to Lord Coe on Monday evening was 1948 Olympian Robert Geldard.
The 85-year-old from Manchester won bronze in the men's cycling 4,000m team pursuit at the London Games.
Dorothy Hyman , 71, who carried the flame in Lundwood, won a silver and two bronze medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.