Elaine carried the Flame through Wandsworth for a distance of 350 yards on the penultimate day of the Torch Relay before passing the Flame on to the next Torchbearer. She was surrounded by family and friends who had travelled from as far away as Dublin and Sydney, Australia.
Elaine explained how she felt that morning-
“I was awake early as I was too excited and nervous to sleep. It was a very surreal day as I was called at 7.20 am by Sky Sports News radio to talk to me about being a Games Maker and about the Torch Relay.”
When I stepped out of the bus on to the street with the torch I had to stop myself from crying when I saw so many friends and family. It was a very emotional experience.”
To have a look at her run click here.
An average of 115 Torchbearers per day carried the Olympic Flame during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrived at the Olympic Stadium on the 27th July for the Opening Ceremony. The Flame came to within 10 miles of 95% of the UK population during its 70 day journey.
Elaine is also one of thousands of Games Makers who are volunteering at the Olympics. She is working in the Medical Clinic in the Athletes Village testing eyes and fitting contact lenses. She had her first on the 16th July which was the first day the Athlete’s arrived.