December 22 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Full details have been revealed of a seaside sporting celebration in Lowestoft to mark this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
On Monday, June 9 the Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Lowestoft from 7.45am - prompting a flurry of sporting fun led by a Olympic boxing star from the town.
Anthony Ogogo, who won the middle weight bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, will be carrying the baton to Claremont Pier, where people of the town can take part in a community run alongside the symbol of the Commonwealth Games and the popular boxer.
Then the bronze medallist will also be carrying the baton for a special relay run for school children from the area. There will then be a day of sporting activity on the beach front involving primary school children, high school and college students and businesses.
The event has been organised by a group representing Waveney District Council, Lowestoft Rising, Suffolk County Council, Lowestoft police, East Coast Community Healthcare, and local sporting and social clubs.
Council leader Colin Law said: “Lowestoft is the only beach resort that the baton is visiting on its long journey around the country and we are very proud to welcome it here to the Sunrise Coast.
“A big team have worked really hard to put this day on and I hope that as many people as possible come along and enjoy a real celebration of sport and Lowestoft.”
The Queen’s Baton Relay will leave Lowestoft at 9.30am and make its way to Newmarket, where school children will take part in a mass participation sporting event which is open to the public.
At Nemmarket the baton will carried by jockey Ryan Moore, who rode the Queen’s winning 2013 Royal Ascot horse Estimate.
The relay will then arrive at Bury St Edmunds at 12.30pm.
At Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre there will be invite only Super 8’s athletics competition involving more 400 local disabled children and school children, who will cheered on by up to 400 teachers, parents and guardians. The baton will be carried by England U-19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds.
The final destination of the Suffolk leg of the national relay will be Ipswich, where there will be events at Northgate Sports Centre and Christchurch Park.
Suffolk is the only county in East Anglia to host the Queen’s Baton Relay, which is travelling across England between May 31 and June 13.
The baton contains a message from the Queen which will be read out at the opening ceremony for the Commonnweatlh Games in Glasgow on July 23.