Hampshire & Isle of Wight

London 2012: Hampshire and IoW torch relay route revealed

Kim Hosier
Image caption Kim Hosier will run a leg of the Olympic torch relay in Gosport

The Olympic flame will travel by air, on water and visit two football stadiums on its route through Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The exact route of the Olympic torch relay around the UK has been announced by the Games organisers, Locog.

The torch will first enter Hampshire on 11 July and will return on 14 July.

It will pass through Basingstoke, Winchester, the New Forest and the Isle of Wight, with overnight stops in Southampton and Portsmouth.

The list of torchbearers and the places where they will carry the flame has also been confirmed.

The Hampshire leg of the 10-week relay around the UK takes the torch past landmarks including Winchester Cathedral, as well as Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst in the New Forest National Park.

On the Isle of Wight it will be transported in the open lift from the clifftop down to Alum Bay Beach at the Needles. It will also visit Queen Victoria's former residence, Osborne House.

When it crosses the Solent to Southampton, it will be carried through the Old Town to the Bargate and on to St Mary's Stadium before an evening celebration at Mayflower Park.

Councillor John Hannides said: "This a unique opportunity for residents to take part in the London 2012 experience and I would really encourage as many people as possible to line the route and welcome our inspirational torchbearers."

The following day the torch will be flown to the Channel Islands from Southampton International Airport, before being taken to Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth on board the harbour ferry.

While in the city, it will pass Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory, as well as the Olympic Live Site at Guildhall Square before an evening celebration at Southsea Common.

On 16 July it will receive a send-off at an event for local school children at the Fratton Park football stadium before heading north to Petersfield.

Hampshire County Council said the series of rolling road closures being planned would be the biggest since the Tour de France visited the county in 1994.

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July.

The list includes Kim Hosier, who has run the Portsmouth Area Rape Crisis Centre for 15 years.

'Very excited'

She was nominated by her daughter for her efforts in supporting victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. The official Locog announcement described her as "an inspiration to the community".

She said: "I'm very excited, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience but I'm very much running on behalf of the organisation.

"We've got 50 volunteers so I'll be carrying the torch for them as we try to raise awareness about these issues which are still largely hidden."

Ms Hosier will run a section of the route in Fareham on 15 July.

The organisation frequently uses sport to raise funds. Ms Hosier recently organised a women's football tournament and, along with other staff from the centre, has run the Great South Run on two occasions.

"We're very much a grassroots organisation so it will be great to run in the area where we work," she added.

The relay finishes at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the Games.

During the relay the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers.

Locog says the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.

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