Hereford & Worcester

Moira Starkey, 84, chosen to carry Olympic flame

Moira Starkey
Image caption Moira Starkey completed the marathon distance by walking around her village hall 2,000 times

An 84-year-old woman from Herefordshire is one of the first people to be chosen to carry the Olympic torch.

Moira Starkey, from Storridge, who walks with the aid of two sticks, completed her first marathon aged 83.

She covered the distance by walking around her local village hall 2,000 times.

She said: "I don't know how I'm going to carry it on two sticks but I'll do the best I can. I'll go on walking around the hall to get fighting fit."

So far she has raised more than £10,000 for the Haven breast cancer charity by staging events including an annual pancake race and indoor curling nights.

Haven has a centre in Hereford which helps people to deal with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer.

The route in Herefordshire will see runners and walkers carrying the torch through Ledbury, Bartestree, Lugwardine, Hereford and Leominster on 24 May.

On the same day it will pass through Callow Hill, Bewdley, Kidderminster, Droitwich Spa and Fernhill Heath in Worcestershire on its way to Worcester.

After an overnight stay in the city, runners will take it through Powick, Malvern and on to Ross-on-Wye.

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