Elaine looks forward to carrying Olympic torch

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Elaine O’Sullivan is celebrating after being named as an Olympic torchbearer.

The 52-year-old, who lives in Higham Ferrers and works as catering manager at Wellingborough School, will carry the torch when it visits the county on July 2.

Elaine won the coveted role after her 16-year-old daughter Shannon wrote a letter to Coca-Cola nominating her.

Elaine said she was looking forward to carrying the torch.

She does not know the exact route she will be covering yet but has been told it will be local.

She said: “It all looks really, really exciting. We get picked up on a coach and get a uniform which is signed by Sebastian Coe.

“I think it’s really exciting, being able to do this is amazing.

“The schoolkids think it’s great, they announced it in assembly.”

Elaine got into running four-and-a-half years ago when she joined a running group to meet more people.

She said: “One of the girls at the school said ‘why don’t you try the local running group?’. I went to TK Maxx and bought a £20 pair of trainers and the rest is history.”

Elaine has run the London marathon twice and will take part for the third time next month. She is running for the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal and won her place after previously finishing the marathon in three hours 27 minutes.

She has also taken part in the Great North Run and represented Great Britain at the European Veterans Athletics Championships last year.

Claire Mitchell, from Wellingborough School, said: “Elaine is a key member of the Wellingborough School community. Her energy and enthusiasm leaves many standing.

“We are so proud of her achievements over recent years, not only with her running glories but with the money and awareness that she been able to raise for her charitable causes.

“All the children and many staff and parents will be following her run, many on the roadside, as she carries the torch forward.”