The Olympic Torch Relay facts

The Olympic Torch Relay comes to the Midlands
8,000 circles perforate the design of the Torch to represent each one of the Torchbearers taking part. Photo: ITV Central

The Olympic Torch Relay arrives in the Midlands today, we've provided some facts about the torch that you may not know.

Like did you know that the Torch will travel 99 miles today, and there will be 119 Torchbearers carrying the flame?

The Relay

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay lasts 70 days and visits 1,021 communities.

66 evening celebrations will take place across the UK during the Relay.

Torchbearers

8,000 Torchbearers will have an opportunity to take centre stage - they each have a story of personal achievement or contribution to their local community.

The average distance a Torchbearer will carry the Olympic Flame is 300 metres.

On average, 110 Torchbearers take part in the Olympic Torch Relay each day.

41% of Torchbearers are female and 59% are male.

Torch

8,000 circles perforate the design of the Torch to represent each one of the Torchbearers taking part.

The flame is able to withstand an altitude of 4,500 ft above sea level.

The Torch is 800mm in height, weighs 1kg and burns for at least 10 minutes.

The triangular form is approximately 100mm wide at the top, and 45mm wide at the bottom.

Crew

There are approximately 350 crew on the Torch Relay.

During the Relay the crew will sleep in 14,184 hotels and eat 75,600 meals.

Convoy and route

There are 14 vehicles in the Olympic Torch Relay convoy.

The lead convoy is 5-7 minutes ahead of the flame convoy, which features the Torchbearers.

8,000 miles is the estimated distance the flame will travel.

110 miles is the estimated distance the flame will travel per day.

95% of the UK population will be within ten miles of the Olympic Flame.

The Olympic Flame will travel on 68 different modes of transport.