Weekly runners at regular Eastbourne event welcome an Olympic Torch

AN OLYMPIC relay runner took his torch along to a fun run so other local people could get a closer look.

Nick Webborn carried the flame through nearby Lewes earlier this month after being picked from thousands of hopefuls in recognition of the work the sports science expert has done support disabled athletes.

Dr Webborn, who is himself paralysed, is chief medical officer for the Team GM Paralympics team which will in London later this month and was more than happy to pop along to the local Parkrun session in Shinewater Park on Saturday.

The weekly event is a free, timed run over 3.1 miles, or five kilometres and is marshalled by volunteers.

Dozens of people turn up each week to take part – and those who did on Saturday were treated to up close and personal look at the Torch.

And dozens of people queued to talk to Dr Webborn after their run, to hold the torch or to have their photograph taken with and the last runner to complete the course was allowed to do so carrying the torch.

For more information on Parkrun, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/eastbourne/.

The activity is completely free but you must register in advance. All participants run for their own enjoyment and all are welcome, regardless of pace and ability.