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Olympic torch will light up West Cumbria in June

Fourteen people from West Cumbria are among the 43 people selected to carry the London 2012 Olympic torch through the area.

Organisers have aimed, where possible, to place torchbearers within an hour of their home towns, so family and friends can turn out to cheer them on.

Here are the torchbearers running in each town.

Amanda McGechie, 37, of Dedridge; Dave McGechie, 38, of Livingston; James Boothroyd, 16, of Carlisle; Mark Rutherford, 35, of Carlisle; Sheila Gregory, 54, of Carlisle.

Karen Greene, 47, of St Bees; Kath Johnston, 60, of Penrith; Tom Braithwaite, 15, of Wigton.

Angela Brand-Barker, 50, of Riverdale Drive, Cockermouth, a physiotherapist in Maryport.

She has organised two annual fell races, the Lord Seat Race and the Grisedale Grind, for the last 15 years.

Angela grew up in Wales and represented the country between 1985 and 2005 in the World Mountain Running Championships.

She was also British Ladies Fell Running Champion four times between 1983 and 1994.

Darren Blanks, 25, of Egremont; Gayle Simms, 34, of Freshfield; Julie Dodd, 43, of Carlisle.

Barry Johnson, 71, of Eaglesfield, a self-employed personal trainer.

Barry has helped fund-raise for various charities including the Great North Air Ambulance and is a European triathlon champion.

Joss Naylor MBE, 76, of Wasdale, hill farmer. Joss has raised money for charities for a number of years and helped organise the annual Workington to Keswick Charity Walk.

He raised almost £4,000 for Eden House Children’s Hospice at the launch of his biography in 2009.

Joss has been fell running for over 50 years and in that time has achieved many feats including completing all 214 Wainwrights in just seven days when he was 50.

To celebrate his 70th birthday in 2006, he ran up and down 70 fells, another epic that covered more than 50 miles and included more than 25,000ft of ascent – in just 21 hours.

His exploits, many of them for charity, have earned Joss an MBE and two honorary university degrees.

Alex McNeil, 51, of Eyemouth; Anthony Barron, 38, of London; Cath Pearce, 55, of Penrith; David Quinn, 38, of Dunfermline; Ian Moseley, 51, of Patterdale; Joe Carby, 27, of London; Ken Walker, 55, of Frizington; Richard Field, 43, of Workington; Toby Douglas, 13, of Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

Andrew Robinson, 42, of Rose Lane, Cockermouth, a vet at Millcroft Veterinary Group.

Andrew is a director of the North Lakes Foodbank which helped people after the 2009 flooding.

He said: “I am very excited as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“It is very humbling that several people have taken the time to nominate me.

“It acknowledges the work that everybody has done to make the foodbank work.”

Christopher Casson, 37, of Lakeland View, Workington, is a home shopping supervisor at Asda in Workington.

He raised money for the 4th Workington Cub Scout pack last year by completing the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours with a group of friends.

He is taking part in another fund-raising challenge for the pack this year doing the Welsh 3000s Challenge, which involves getting to the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3,000 ft in Wales within 24 hours, without using any form of transport.

John Merritt, 85, of Cross Street, Keswick, is a retired professor of the Open University. He has played an active role in education and was national and international president of the Reading Association, which promotes literacy.

He was nominated by his son, Austen.

Despite having both his knees replaced in the last 10 years, John still enjoys walking and climbing in the fells and still goes walking three times a week.

Kevin Bell, 30, of Broadacres, High Harrington, is a health project manager with the People First Independent Advocacy in Workington.

Kevin helps people with learning difficulties as part of his job but also in his spare time, including helping out with disability football for the Cumberland FA. He volunteered in Ghana a few years ago helping children in an orphanage.

He was also picked to play football for the North West Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence team this season.

Mark Farr, 40, of East View Road, Distington, is a home shop delivery driver for Asda, Workington.

He helped take care of a customer who was having an epileptic seizure at their house when he delivered their shopping.

Comments: “I was in shock. I am really proud and honoured. This won’t come around again in our lifetime, so it’s really big.”

Nick Ball, 49, of Windebrowe Avenue, Keswick, is an outdoor pursuits instructor at the Lake District Calvert Trust.

Nick has worked at the Calvert Trust for 30 years and helped design adaptations to equipment to make it more accessible for disabled people.

Tessa Stockdale, 17, of North Road Farm, Bassenthwaite, is a student.

She runs a netball club for all ages at Ireby and was nominated because she helps get people of all ages involved in sport.

Emma Hayes, 16, of Hyde; Inge Sullivan, 53, of Cockermouth; Toni Chaplin-Armer, 47, of Appleby.

Timothy Sowton, 51, of Cockermouth, is a GP at Seascale Health Centre.

He has worked to rebuild healthcare in war torn areas of Afghanistan and Cambodia. He works as a GP trainer and course organiser and teaches a university course for GPs about palliative care.

He was also on the frontline during the Derrick Bird shootings, in which several of his patients were killed or injured.

He had gone to the surgery to catch up on some paperwork but found himself tending to victims while Bird was still on the loose.

Mike Park, 46, of Pardshaw, near Cockermouth, is a land surveyor at Sellafield.

He is the leader of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, which as well as fell rescues played a major part in rescuing people out of their homes during the 2009 floods.

Tracey Harrison, 46, of Dale View, Cockermouth, is an administration assistant at All Saints School, Cockermouth.

She has been a member of Keswick Hockey Club for 21 years.

Andrew Brodie, 41, of Kendal; Ashley Swain, 31, of Loughborough; Chris Caddick, 47, of Warrington; Harry Jackson, 17, of Windermere; Jan Sutcliffe, 42, of Grange-over-Sands; Milly Pyne, 13, of Ulverston; Rose McFarlane, 34, of Edinburgh; Stuart Robinson, 49, of Appleby.

Katy Marsland, 19, of Brackrigg, Naddle, near Keswick, is a student and will carry the flame through Kendal on June 22.

Katy was nominated for providing cover and first aid for St John Ambulance.

Have your say

I am pleased that Angela Brand-Barker has been chosen as a torch bearer, but why Maryport when she lives in Cockermouth. I am sure there is at least 1 person in the town who deserves the honour.

Posted by Anon on 15 June 2012 at 14:11

I was delighted to see the deputy head of Victoria Junior School being so positive. I hope many schools will adopt the same attitude & encourage members to line the streets. It is likely to be a "once in a lifetime event" & not to be missed.

Posted by Charles Field on 27 April 2012 at 11:30

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