Olympic torch relay in Worthing and Lancing

Chris Cannon  W12725h12
Chris Cannon W12725h12

WORTHING and Lancing are braced for a once-in-a-lifetime event on Monday (July 16), when the Olympic torch relay passes through.

Of the 13 people due to carry the flame through Worthing, just Chris Cannon lives in the town, while others have come from as far afield as Athens, in Greece, and Orvault, in France.

Chris, of Sompting Road, said he was really looking forward to completing his stretch of the relay, from Navarino Road to Ophir Road, adding: “I am a runner, but I don’t want to go too fast, because I want to enjoy my moment.

“My family and friends are going to be there cheering me on, and those that can’t will be watching it on the torchcam. It’s very exciting.”

Another torchbearer is Anton Kalafus, 53, from Sompting, who raised nearly £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society on a recent 720-mile solo bike ride starting in the Hook of Holland and finishing up a mountain in Spitzingsee, Germany.

He continues to fund-raise and help the hospice that looked after his late wife, Helen.

Even when Helen was ill and in the last weeks of her life, he always had time talk with his staff and colleagues of any problems they had and never about his own problems. He was nominated for his unfailing spirit and determination.

Route map

For details of all torch bearers running through Worthing and Sompting pick up a copy of this week’s Herald.

This week’s paper (Thursday, July 12, edition) also includes a map and full route details.