Lloyds TSB and the Telegraph have teamed up together in an effort to promote Lighting the Road to 2012, a weekly show that takes a special look at those who have carried the torch along its route to London.
Amy Williams, a 2010 gold winning winter Olympic athlete, is the host to the show that takes a look at a handful of the 800 people who have carried the torch across the UK. The show kicked off taking a look at sailor Ben Ainslie who hails from Land’s End and stated he was happy to be asked to take the carry the torch first.
Ainslie stated there is a slight advantage to the Olympics being held on his own sailing grounds, but he added that nowadays everyone trains so hard and utilizes technology so it is not as much of an advantage as it might have been. He added that he has been working quite hard at training but it is nice to have the title of the World Championships under his belt. In the next few weeks he added that he will be working hard to continue to train towards the gold medal and that there is a lot of work yet to be done.
The torch may have started out in Land’s End, but it will continue moving upward through the UK with its first stop in Plymouth. It will move towards Bath carried safely in the hands of Jason Gardner until it is taken over by diving star Leon Taylor running past Bath until it is passed on and taken up to Worchester. For now Ainslie is just glad to have his portion of the torch run completed, mentioning that while he has already competed and won three golds in the Olympics, for him running with the torch was actually one of the most nerve-wracking moments of his life.