Alternative torch relay makes flying visit to Ripon

Andy Holohan hands over the torch to Ann Dale outside the cathedral.

Andy Holohan hands over the torch to Ann Dale outside the cathedral.

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Hot on the heels of the official Olympic Torch coming through Ripon, an alternative relay inspired by the original has also graced the ancient city’s streets.

The Endurancelife Real Relay is an exciting attempt to follow the entire route of the official Olympic Torch around the British Isles in one continuous non-stop journey – rather than separate stages.

Featuring hundreds of legs of around 10 miles, the event is raising money for Chicks – a charity providing week-long respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK. It started out from Land’s End at midnight on May 28 – ten days behind the official Olympic Torch – on an 8,000-mile mission to reach London in time for the Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27.

The relay arrived outside Ripon Cathedral on June 27 at 7.30am, where Andy Holohan, from Harrogate, handed the torch over to Ann Dale. She ran the next leg, finishing in her home village of Little Ouseburn.