Today is day 50 of 70 for the London 2012 Olympic torch relay and will see the torch travel from Chelmsford at 6:57am to Cambridge at 6:06pm, passing through Harlow, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Hertford, Ware, Bishop’s Stortford, Stansted Mountfitchet, Newport, Saffron Walden, Duxford Airfield, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket along the way.
This time the torch will be traversing mostly northwards through East Anglia leaving Chelmsford around 6.52am.
Lee Valley: The first major stop for the torch will be the Lee Valley White Water Centre within the Lee Valley Regional Park, which will be hosting the Olympic Olympic canoe slalom, and one of the first Olympic venues to be finished. The course has a 300 metre Olympic-standard competition course with a 5.5m descent and a 160m intermediate/training course with a mere 1.6m descent – both look rather scary!
Newmarket: Another famous stop-off point for the torch will be Newmarket towards the end of the run. The torch should arrive in Newmarket around 5.30pm on the 7th July, and we’re told will pass the famous Newmarket Racecourse where many of the countries top horse trainers are based.
Bedford: Away from todays torch route, the Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, will be blessing the route of the torch through his town which is due to accept the torch tomorrow (July 8th). The procession will run from Holy Cross Roman Catholic church in Bedford to Cotton End Baptist Church.