Olympic torchbearers are named

Published: 19 Mar 2012 14:451 comment

MORE than 30 people from Reading and the surrounding villages have been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch.

The list published today includes people from Reading, Pangbourne, Swallowfield, Winnersh and Wokingham. Dozens more have been chosen from Thatcham, Newbury and Hungerford.

Many will carry the historic flame when it comes to Reading on July 10 and 11, with others being selected to take part elsewhere in Berkshire and the South East, including Theale, Bracknell and as far a field as Bognor Regis.

They include Quentin Gunderson, 40, headteacher of The Lighthouse Group in Calcot, a charity providing education for pupils excluded from school, equalities campaigner, Lorna Mcardle, 43, from Reading.

If you are a torchbearer, you must have an interesting story to tell. Share it with The Chronicle by calling 0118 955 3308 or emailing agore@berksmedia.co.uk




Reading, July 10:

Ant Tyler, 44, Reading

Anthony Eastaway, 41, London

David Boyd, 30, Reading

Dhesi Dhesi, 35, Middlesex

Elaine Hart, 54, Harrow

Gordon Ralphs, 49, Reading

Lee Silk, 23, Reading

Lorna Mcardle, 43, Reading

Quentin Gunderson, 40, Reading

Andy Lavery, 59, Reading


Reading, July 11:

Paul Cook, 47, Thatcham - press release

Andy Rutler, 48, High Wycombe

Angela Cassidy, 62, Maidenhead

Brenda Heys, 49, Reading

Brian Pinchbeck, 51, Reading

Dan Mayer, 41, Wallingford

Denise Gray, 53, Berkshire

Ian Harding, 51, Reading

Ian Willett, 51, Reading

James Kemp, 38, Newbury

Jasmine Mckenzie, 16, London

Joe Gilbert, 58, Watford

Julie Read, 44, Reading

Kate Dunn, 44, Thatcham

Kathryn Amey, 28, Aldershot

Keris Dean, 44, Farnorough

Kevin Watson, 48, Swindon

Lee Umpleby, 34, Reading

Lizzie Rose, 12, Whitehill

Matt Gaskell, 21, Newbury

Pat Burgess, 81, Wilton

Richard Burbedge, 31, Reading

Richard Maynard, 31, Tadley

Rodger Hughes, 41, Berkshire

Sarah Firth, 44, Swallowfield

Shane Young, 73, Ramsbury

Steven Blair, 27, Columbia

Tim Beeston, 48, Croxley Green


Woodstock, July 9:

Pat Pearce, 67, Berkshire


Ascot, July 10:

Pippa Hatch, 17, Reading

Sam Davies, 30, Reading


Bracknell, July 10:

Margaret Leahy, 59, Hungerford


Egham: July 10:

Susan Sedden, 53, Reading - press release

Christine Callaghan, 63, Wokingham


Maidenhead, July 10:

Alex Corrish, 32, Reading

Amy Kunicki, 20, Reading

Sharon Hutt, 40, Reading


Slough, July 10:

Simon Keightley, 41, Reading


Burnham, July 10:

Sally Wilson, 42, Wokingham


Thatcham, July 11:

Brett Rogers, 38, Newbury

Daniel Maskell, 39, Thatcham

James Duthie, 49, Cheltenham

James Grayling, 36, Lighthorne

John Abbey, 53, Nottingham

Julia Velasco, 35, Newbury

Luke Oliver, 18, Reading

Mike Harrison, 43, Reading

Mike Nutley, 47, Andover

Ollie Rendle, 18, Pangbourne

Scott Chapman, 41, Andover

Thom Hogdahl, 13, Berkshire

Tony Lankstead, 35, Brighton & Hove


Theale, July 11:

Kieran Wassell, 24, Wokingham - press release

Gillian Hurley, 48, Newbury

Joe Robinson, 21, Thame

Wendy Shaw, 34, Reading


Newbury, July 11:

Clare Balding, 41, London

Emma Cope, 15, Tadley

Gabby Houseman, 17, Wallingford

Helen Armstrong, 40, Winnersh

Jacqui Langridge, 42, Newbury

Jo Gilfoy, 38, Sevenhampton

John Crompton, 31, Bristol

Lee Mcdougall, 42, Newbury

Mark Ambersley, 45, Newbury

Mark Clyde, 32, Windsor

Reg Brindley, 56, Hook

Samantha Crowe, 33, Newbury

Sarah Barr, 32, Newbury

Sarah Chambers, 31, Reading

Stuart Nash, 34, Reading


Andover, July 11:

Dave Hall, 48, Newbury

Jack Weatherley, 12, Reading

Sarah Francis, 39, Newbury


Winchester, July 11:

Jonathan Poole, 38, near Reading

Phil Blowfield, 51, near Newbury

Tracy White, 41, Newbury


Bognor Regis, July 16:

Sarah Tomsett, 50, Wokingham


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  • Lynne Holt
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    Mar 27, 13:31
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    Great story, Richard, and a wonderful achievement as well as a big thank-you to your donor family. Check out Ian Harding, also carrying torch in Reading on the same day as you, who has had a liver transplant and is a great tennis player and an amazingly brave guy!

    Lynne Holt

    Trustee, Transplant Sport UK

    Heart/Lung Transplant Coordinator

    Freeman Hospital


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