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Olympic flame rides the Tube

The Olympic flame has taken the Tube as it continues its week-long journey through the capital. A total of 144 torchbearers, including rower James Cracknell and skier Chemmy Alcott, carried the flame 43 miles across London.

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Jockey says carrying Olympic flame was an 'honour'

Champion jockey Jason Maguire carried the Olympic flame for the final stretch between Saltney and Chester today.

Speaking after he passed the flame from the torch into a cauldron on stage in front of a large crowd of spectators, Maguire said carrying the Olympic flame had been "a brilliant feeling".

Race jockey Jason Maguire lights the cauldron with the Olympic flame after the leg between Saltney and Chester Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Maguire, who was riding Donald McCain Jr-trained horse, said: "It was a great turnout from the crowd who came here and it was just an honour to do it. Overturn has done great tonight, he didn't let the crowd get to him too much and he's done a great job".

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