Olympic torch relay rehearsal

A full dress rehearsal for the Olympic torch relay is taking place today on an 80-mile stretch from Leicester to Peterborough.

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Olympic torch relay progress

Torchbearer James Mott, 28, carries the torch through Melton Mowbray Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Olympic torch rehearsal has travelled through Melton Mowbray and is on its way to Langham and Oakham in Rutland.

At Rutland Water, a torchbearer will be carried across the water on a rigid inflatable boatto hand over the torch to a participant on another boat.

From there, the party will travel on to Uppingham and Stamford before torchbearers board another steam train on the Nene Valley Railway to Orton Mere station to end the day in Peterborough.

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Olympic Torch bearers' excitement at being part of dry run

Many of the volunteers selected to carry the torch through today's test phase are local community members or university students.

"I would have liked to have been involved in the real thing but I wasn't sure I was going to be in the country. This is a great opportunity to still be involved. It's something you take forward with you for the rest of your life."

– David Chaplain, 20, Sports Management student, Loughborough University student

I was initially quite worried about it because of how heavy the torch was going to be and anyone I mentioned it to said "Oh what if you dropped it", but now I've had chance to hold it, it's actually very light and easy to hold."

– Kayleigh Pettit, 23, Physics studen, Loughborough University

Olympic torch rehearsal begins

Jasmine Vanmali carries the torch during the dress rehearsal for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Credit: PA Wire

The torch relay rehearsal started from the National Space Centre in Leicester this morning. The torch is not lit but everything else will be an exact replica of the actual relay.

Some 122 participants chosen from the local area, including from universities, are acting as torchbearers.

Jasmine Vanmali and Samuel Rowbotham carry the torch from the National Space Centre Credit: PA Wire
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