Olympic Torch Route announced
As residents know, Wychavon has the Olympic
Torch passing through the district and the Council is making
arrangements for celebratory events in key locations.
Today (19 March), the street level
announcement has been made. Residents can now find out where
the torch will be going should they want to line the streets and
welcome the Torch and cheer on Torchbearers.
In Droitwich, Evesham and Broadway, Wychavon
District Council will be organising events and providing stages for
our W-Factor winners to perform for the crowds that will gather to
witness this historic event.
Farmers’ markets will showcase local produce
and local sporting groups will demonstrate their skills and give
those attending the opportunity to try out a new sport - in keeping
with the spirit of the Olympics.
Details can be found here.
Councillor Ron Davis, Board Member for
Community and Personal Health and Welfare, said: “We’re
working with local community groups to make the celebrations for
the Olympic Torch something to remember. This is a momentous
occasion and we hope that residents will come out in their hundreds
to enjoy the spectacle and share a special day with family and
friends in true Olympic spirit style.”
With Torch Bearers being announced the length
and breadth of the country, Wychavon District Council spoke to one
local runner who epitomises the courage and the spirit of Olympic
athletes the world over.
Chris Bond, from Malvern, has been chosen to
run with the Olympic Torch in Fernhill Heath on 24 May.
Chris has been a runner since the age of
eleven and he competed all throughout his school and University
life. His professional career curtailed his competitive running,
but he continued his daily runs even when abroad on business. In
the last seven years Chris has become a mentor and role model for
his three nephews, who lost their dad to an adult version of cot
death. One of his close friends was also diagnosed as having
terminal cancer; Chris has been most supportive to him and spends
many hours in his company helping his friend to achieve personal
During this time, Chris’ father was diagnosed
as having terminal cancer. Chris made his dad's life as easy and
comfortable as he could, eventually taking him to live with him in
After his father's death, Chris was then
informed following his own medical examinations that he had a 4.2kg
tumour in his stomach that could only be operated on by a top
surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Because of his condition Chris lost a kidney,
but made a quicker than normal recovery due to his very good level
of physical fitness. This was mostly due to the daily runs that
have been a foundation block in his life. Sadly, his tumour
returned and Chris underwent more major surgery in January
Despite all this, Chris is determined to get
well enough to carry the Olympic Torch.
In selecting Chris, the organisers of
the Olympic Torch Relay commented: “To carry the torch
would be a deserving honour for Chris - a runner who believes in
the Olympic ideals. His family are justly proud of Chris, who is
always there for friends and family, especially his mum, whom he
took on a holiday of a lifetime to South Africa.”
Chris said: "Having dreamed
of being an Olympic athlete ever since I was a boy, I am thrilled
and humbled to be given the opportunity to run the Olympic Torch
Relay and have a part in what I believe is ‘The Greatest
Show on Earth’. Following my latest cancer surgery,
participating in the relay provides an inspirational focus for
my determination to recover and get fit enough to run again."
A quick look at the key dates when the
Olympic Torch will be in Wychavon:
- 24 May – Droitwich Spa and Fernhill
Heath. Arrives Droitwich Spa (Ombersley Way/Little
Hill) at 17:43 & departs Droitwich Spa at 18:15. Arrives
Fernhill Heath (Droitwich Road/Post Office Lane) at 18:20 &
departs Fernhill Heath at 18:34.
- 1 July – Evesham, Wickhamford and
Broadway. Arrives Evesham/Simon de Montfort Drive at
11:21 & departs Evesham at 11:55. Arrives
Wickhamford/Wayside Farm Shop at 12:01 & departs Wickhamford at
12:07. Arrives Broadway/Station Road at 12:10 & departs
Broadway at 12:30.
A map with locations and times is available below:
Droitwich to Worcester