Monday, 7 November 2011

Stealth visit by the Olympic torch

It was predictable enough that next year's Olympic Torch Relay would start at Land's End but few could have imagined that the route would bypass the largest conurbation in Cornwall.

The Games organisers claim that they aim to bring the torch to all the main population centres. If that is the case, then the chosen route through Cornwall represents something of a cock-up.

The Camborne-Redruth conurbation is the heart of Cornwall with a population of 60,000 compared to a mere 20,000 for the "City" of Truro, and just 10,000 for Helston both of which are included on the route.

Carn Brea is home to Cornwall's only eight lane synthetic athletics track and the largest athletics club in Cornwall. Camborne and Redruth are also the centre of Cornish Rugby and the heart of Cornwall's industrial heritage.

What on earth were the organisers thinking?