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Holding the (Olympic) torch for Palmers Green

Are you ready for Wednesday? The Olympic torch relay will be in Palmers Green in just a few days!

The relay is due to start from the roundabout at the junction of Waterfall Road and Oakleigh Park Road at 3.16pm, before heading  up Waterfall Road to Southgate Green. From Southgate Green it will go  up the High Street. At Southgate Underground Station, it will turn into The Bourne passing the entrance to Grovelands Park and on into Bourne Hill, turning onto Green Lanes at St John’s Church and heading on up to Winchmore Hill Broadway. After the Ridgway, it will turn into Church Street and on into Edmonton, Tottenham, and Hornsey. The day finishes with an evening celebration at Alexandra Palace.

The Barnet/Enfield/Harringey section is one of the last before the Olympic opening ceremony on the 27 July. In all, 24 runners will carry the torch on the Enfield stretch of the route, aged from 13 to 81. Runners include commonwealth 800 metres finalist Darren St Claire and Jack Otter of Chase Side Enfield, who was seriously wounded in Afganistan in 2009, and lost both legs and an arm.

The youngest on the Enfield section will be Lauren Englefield 13, James Horrex, 14 and Palmers Green student Katka Pikhartova 14.  The oldest will be Alzheimer’s campaigner and local althlete  Derek Wood 81. You can see nominations for the amazing and inspirational people who will be Olympic torch bearers at . There are also further details of the route and live updates on the main Olympic site.

St John’s church will be offering refreshments in the afternoon, on a day which at last looks like it could be a scorcher!