Horsham district Olympic Torchbearers

Andrew Clark torchbearer. S12141054a -photo by Steve Cobb
Andrew Clark torchbearer. S12141054a -photo by Steve Cobb

Although the Olympic Torch won’t be coming through the Horsham district next week as it reaches Sussex, there are plenty of local residents taking part in the relay.

Below is information on those taking part, including some brief details of their achievement.

Also included are torchbearers taking part in other areas.

For more information on the torchbearers, plus details of the routes, go to the website www.london2012.com/

If you are in the County Times’ circulation area and not included on this list then get in touch and we will add you.

Horsham will be directly involved in the Paralympics, with official torch relay celebrations taking place in the town over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

July 10

Fred Turok - carrying the Flame through Bracknell.

Age: 57, from Cowfold.

Fred started the charity TAG (Target a Generation) in 2008 which focuses on training 18-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training and helping them secure jobs in the health and fitness industry.

July 13

Andrew Clark - carrying the Flame through Weymouth.

Age: 44, from Horsham.

Volunteer as a community first responder (CFR) and also a St John Ambulance member. Also involved as part of the management team in organising the medical cover for The Epsom Derby and the BHF London to Brighton Bike ride.

July 14

Nick Nuttall - carrying the Flame through Southampton.

Age: 54, from Southwater.

A United Nations environmentalist.

July 20

Anita Newman - carrying the Flame through Riverhead.

Age: 41, from Pulborough.

Anita has battled gruelling chemotheraphy on the back of breast cancer with determination, gusto and good humour. With a friend, Anita has been fundraising for Cancer Research. Age: 44

July 16

Juliet Starbuck - carrying the Flame through Petworth.

Age: 44, from Steyning.

Ben Stoggles - carrying the Flame through Chichester.

Age: 23, from Pulborough.

Youth worker building communities in the UK and Africa his passion for life and helping others has also lead him to teach yoga.

Emma Johnston-Jones - carrying the Flame through Petworth.

Age: 35, from Billingshurst.

Emma battled through depression/traumatic stress syndrome after the loss of her baby son due to a virus and went on to start volunteering for Bliss as a Campaigner and has raised money for local charity Action Medical Research.

George Middleton - carrying the Flame through Chichester.

Age: 35, from Storrington.

George has completed many events for charity, including swimming the English Channel.

Mark Hughes - carrying the Flame through Tillington.

Age: 32, from Cranleigh.

Despite doctors saying teaching would be too hard after a brain injury Mark persevered and his teaching/tutoring has helped hundreds of children.

Paul Zetter - carrying the Flame through Duncton.

Age: 89, from Wisborough Green.

Paul Zetter was instrumental in putting numerous sports atheletes in to the position of enabling them to compete in the Olympic games. He set up a body called the Sports Aid Foundation.

Sally Bigg - carrying the Flame through Bognor Regis.

Age: 45, from Steyning.

Sally (Gunnell) won gold in the 400mh hurdles at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

Sara Tremlett - carrying the Flame through Petworth.

Age: 63, from West Chiltington.

For the last 15 years Sara has been District Commisonner of the Lord Leconfield Pony Club.

Sue Bradford - carrying the Flame through North Bersted.

Age: 46, from Horsham

Sue has taken part in numerous charity events, including blood donor for over 20 years, joined the Antony Nolan Bone Marrow Register inspired by a schoolfriend’s death from leukaemia, ran the London Marathon raising over £2000 for ANBMT.

Tony Smith - carrying the Flame through Worthing.

Age: 59, from Horsham.

Tony Smith has helped Caravan, the charity for the grocery industry. Tony has been working hard for the charity for well over a decade.

July 17

Gabriella Rogers - carrying the Flame through Lewes.

Age: 12, from Horsham.

Gabriella takes it upon herself to help care for her younger brother, Daniel, who has autism. Naturally this puts a strain on the family due to the demanding nature of the condition. Gabriella consistently exhibits tolerance, patience and understanding when Daniel is finding life difficult.

Hwa-Lon Liu - carrying the Flame through East Grinstead.

Age: 43, from Horsham.

Dr Hwa-Lon Liu is a GP with a special interest in Ear, Nose & Throat. His clinic is commended in the DoH Chief Executive’s Report as an example of transferring health care into the community.

James Bryce - carrying the Flame through Crawley.

Age: 39, from Horsham.

James was diagnosed with a rare leukaemia in 2005 aged 32. Despite having to stop flying as cabin crew as a result he knuckled down and gained promotion to Crew Team Management where he helps cabin crew.

Jill Doddington - carrying the Flame through Pevensey.

Age: 39, from Bolney.

Jill is one of the unsung heroes of the local community - the kind of person who gets stuck in and doesn’t ask for or expect any recognition or anything in return.

Mike Fisher - carrying the Flame through Bexhill on Sea.

Age: 49, from Storrington.

Mike Fisher is Chairman of the Pulborough ‘Minis’ Rugby Club with 280 members between the ages of 6 to 12. This provides a fun opportunity for children in the local area to get involved with Rugby which builds up both the children’s sporting and social skills. As Chairman Mike dedicates 10 - 15 hours per week and his duties include organising and arranging the regular weekly training sessions and Sunday matches.

Peter Hayes - carrying the Flame through Copthorne.

Age: 46, from Horsham

Peter spent many years protecting his country with the British Army, he most recently served seven months in very harsh, dangerous conditions in Afghanistan. He has run several charity events (half marathons and 10Km runs) raising money for bothlLocal and International charities.