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Olympic Torch Relay Road-tested
April 22, 2012

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A few hundred people took part in a one-day test of the Olympic Torch Relay.

The testers included both crew and torch-carriers, among them more than 100 students and some attendees of the Royal College of the Blind. The test involved runners, participant transport vehicles, security, and communications crew. It was a test of logistics and of feasibility. Torch-bearers carried a replica, which was not lit.

The 80-mile test route included the urban and rural communities of Asfordby, Hoton, Langham, Leicester, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Peterborough, Quorn, Stamford, Uppingham, and Wymeswold. As will be the case throughout the official Relay, security personnel were present.

The Olympic Torch Relay will begin at Land's End, in Cornwall, on May 19 and will end in London on July 25. On the 70-day journey, more than 1,000 torch-bearers will carry the torch about 8,000 miles around the country. In the end, the Torch will come within 10 miles of 95 percent of the population.





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