Hampshire adventurer chosen as Olympic torchbearer

Adventurer and polar explorer Manley Hopkinson has been named today as one of the seven thousand Olympic torchbearers. He got the news by email at his home in Lymington in the New Forest - where he's preparing for his next Antarctic expedition - after his name was put forward by friends.

Manley, who's previously conquered the world's toughest yacht race - the BT Global Challenge, and set a record time for the Polar Race - the first ever race to the Magnetic North Pole, says he's been left humbled by the thought of carrying an Olympic torch.

Manley will run a leg of the torch's journey around Britain before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium in London for the start of the games on July 27th. We caught up with him in Lymington and asked him how he's preparing for such an historic duty.

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Olympic torchbearers named

The names are being released of more than 7,000 people in the UK who will carry the Olympic torch, guiding its flame to the 2012 games in London. A street-by-street map of the route is also being revealed.