Meet Wimborne AC’s Olympic torchbearers
Follow the Olympic flame through Dorset on 12/13 July.
At the end of the closing ceremony for the Beijing Olympics, Olympic
flags were ceremonially handed over to the venues in the UK which would
be hosting events in 2012. One of those venues was Weymouth, and members
of the Wimborne AC cross-country team were fortunate enough to run with
the flag from Weymouth to Portland. Click
here to revisit that
Four years on, and the Olympic torch relay will pass through Dorset in
the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics. On 12 July the torch sets off
from Salisbury heading south-west through Blandford, Shaftesbury,
Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis to Weymouth. The following day the
torch relay resumes, journeying from Portland Bill via Weymouth, Wool,
Corfe Castle, Swanage, Wareham, Upton, Hamworthy and Poole to
Four Wimborne AC members have the honour of carrying the Olympic torch
over those two days. Here are their stories.
Barbara was nominated by Pam Coombes. Pam had this to say about Barb:
Barbara Frampton is one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated members
of Gundry Patchers whose aim is not only to enjoy quilting but to raise
money for local charities. Barbara has not only helped this group raise
thousands of pounds for charity but has run eleven marathons [now 12 as
Barbara competed in the London Marathon in April] raising hundreds of
pounds for leukaemia.
She helps run Riding for the Disabled in Three Legged Cross and has also
raised a great deal of money towards a very necessary toilet block for
this charity. In her home village of Tarrant Monkton she also takes an
active part in any charitable events held there.
Barbara ran her first marathon in 1994.
She became one of a small group of roadrunners who met on Saturdays at
Barb became the WAC roadrunners’ Secretary and then took her coaching
She also started up the WAC Thursday night roadrunners’ sessions.
Barbara would be absolutely thrilled to take part in carrying the London
2012 Olympic flame and she certainly deserves the chance for all the
things she does to improve other people’s lives.
Barbara will carry the torch in Blandford on 12 July.
Graeme was nominated by his mum, Sheila, here is the nomination that she
Graeme, was a talented runner, a Dorset County Champion, competed in
various track and cross-country events and aspired to run for England.
In July 2006 he was critically injured in a head-on car crash caused by
a middle-aged drunk driver and suffered massive internal injuries and a
head injury. His right arm and thigh were broken in several places and
his left shin shattered. Without the support of the emergency services
and expertise of NHS professionals he would have died.
Graeme was sent home from hospital, for fear he would contract MRSA, was
confined to bed for three months and it was 14 months before he was able
to walk unaided.
Wimborne’s inspirational ‘bionic’ man representing
Dorset in the county cross-country team in 2012
Graeme now suffers from arthritis and has learned to recognise his
limitations but continues to run for Wimborne AC where he’s
affectionately known as ‘Bionic’! He has competed in charity fundraisers
and is now actively involved in coaching, supporting and inspiring the
next generation of runners to achieve their full potential.
Graeme says of the Olympic torch relay,
It’s gonna be epic! Ironically it falls six years, almost to the hour,
that I woke up in hospital and everything had changed … you couldn't
write this stuff!
Graeme will carry the torch in Wyke Regis on 12 July.
Graeme nominated Ian, here is the nomination that he submitted:
Ian is a coach for Wimborne Athletic Club in Dorset, training children
of all ages in endurance running. Under his management the group which
he leads has grown considerably in size, and all the children enjoy a
lot of success. This success is the result of well planned training
schedules, knowing each and every member personally, and making sure
each member has every opportunity to achieve their potential.
On a personal level I was injured in a car crash five [now six] years
ago and would never have returned to the sport without his support and
dedication. He truly inspires me, and I believe everyone else in the
squad and therefore I believe he deserves this fantastic opportunity.
Ian takes the warm-up with the middle distance squad at Braunton in 2011
Having nominated Ian, Graeme had no knowledge that he had also been
Ian will carry the torch in Bournemouth on 13 July.
Richard, Morag’s husband and nominee, has this to say,
Morag is an inspiration. She is a nurse, mother, has run five marathons,
and survived cancer and three bone marrow transplants.
Morag was race director of the Wimborne 10 for the race’s first few
It was wonderful to welcome her back to the race as a runner in 2011
after her heroic struggle against Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.
to read Morag’s account of that day.
When Morag was asked what her dreams and goals were on being nominated
to carry the Olympic torch she responded:
Having had my life on hold for seven years while I survived Non Hodgkins
Lymphoma and some rather debilitating side effects following a bone
marrow transplant, my passion is life. Through my membership of Wimborne
Athletic Club and West Hants Tennis Club I have kept myself fit and am a
regular fundraiser for the Lymphoma Association. I have raised several
thousands of pounds for this charity through marathon running, walking,
cake and plant sales, coffee mornings and making and selling Christmas
cards. If I was fortunate enough to carry the Olympic torch, I know I
would further inspire the many people who have supported me throughout
my illness and who have enjoyed my amazing return to a happy, healthy,
active and fit lifestyle.
Morag will carry the torch in Bournemouth on 13 July.