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Crosby’s Olympic torch bearers are on their starting blocks

AS THE Olympic flame begins to make its long journey around the country, Crosby’s torch bearers are preparing for their big day.

Among those who will carry the torch through the village on Friday, June 1, are Crosby Stuart junior football club stalwart Frankie Meadows.

He has held every position with the club over the past 26 years and is current chairman, assistant manager of two boys’ teams and manager of a girls team.

Frankie said: “I’m really looking forward to carrying the torch through Crosby.

“Seeing the relay on the television has brought it home to me what a great honour this is.”

One man used to pounding the streets is Professor Tom Solomon, of College Road, Crosby.

Professor Solomon, who has become known as “The Running Mad Professor” became an internet sensation when he posted videos of himself training for the 2010 London Marathon dressed in a lab coat and stethoscope.

The professor, who works at the University of Liverpool, raised over £20,000 for the Encephalitis Society.

“I am very excited about it and it is lovely to be able to represent Crosby and the University of Liverpool.”

Professor Solomon is hoping that friends, family and colleagues will line his route along Hope Street, Liverpool, wearing the professor’s trademark lab coat.

He said: “The idea of the torch travelling around the country is a great way to get people involved.”

Twelve-year-old Chelsea Riley, of Ash Road, Litherland, will carry the torch along Edge Lane in Liverpool.

“I’m made up and so proud,” said the schoolgirl, who was nominated after winning a competition held by her school, St Wilfrid's High, in Litherland.

“I have been training by running around to my nan’s and walking her dog in the field behind her house.”

Mum-of-one Elizabeth Stanfield, who set up Crosby Stormers running club with pal Cynthia Carter, will carry the torch from Serpentine Road, Blundellsands, to the Iron Men car park.

The 43-year-old learning mentor, who works at Greenbank High school, Southport, said: "I keep welling up just thinking about it. My dad and I used to go running together on the beach when I was a really little kid, so thinking I'll be carrying the torch there is amazing.”

THE torch will arrive in Crosby at 11.55am, on June 1, after travelling through Southport and Formby. Torch bearers will start by Blundellsands Road West/Warren Road then run along Warren Road, The Serpentine South, Burbo Bank Road, onto the car park at Burbo Bank Road/Coastguard Station, Promenade and then into the car park on Mariners Road.

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