With a month to go to the start of London 2012, I can’t say I seen a great wave of Olympic fever, despite the best efforts of the media to whip up the hysteria. Or perhaps it’s my world weariness.
Still I felt it incumbent on me to drum up my enthusiasm by taking time out yesterday to witness the Olympic torch on its 8,000 mile relay through the UK as it passed nearby in Stockport and Ashton.
After all, the Olympics haven’t been held in the UK before in my lifetime and are unlikely to again, not without me entering the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest man.
Despite the poor weather and the early start for a Sunday, there was a decent turnout of flag-waving locals, mostly bleary eyed adults and excited children.
It was all part of inspiring a generation, as the 2012 slogan has it, and this involved waiting around in the chill of the morning for half an hour or so before the razzmatazz of the relay flashed by in the blink of an eye.
The torch carrier followed on five minutes later, in this case the marathon runner Yen-Po Chen from Taiwan for some reason.
All was explained on the London 2012 website and it bears repeating in full here if only to question why no-one thought to edit the contributions sent in by non-English speakers:
Yen Po Chen has undertaken more 18 years training of running, his passion toward running lead him to a totally different road with all peers.
He spend all the time on running just for achieve his dream of being a Marathon runner. To achieve his goal, he faced death for 3 time, however, it didn’t defeat him but stronger his will to achieve and get what he wants.
Due to these kinds of persistence, he inspired young men like him not to be defeated by the young and give up stereotype from others eye. Because once we have perseverance toward our goal, we can definitely do it and that’s what we young people have to prove to everyone.
Yen-Po has won the award of the outstanding young person of Taiwan this year just like the name. He also won lots of price of Marathon like 2010 Antarctic Ice Marathon 100km and Himalayan 100 mile stage race and so on which fully support his perseverance on his goal.
I was back home within the hour wondering whether it had been worth it, but I promise to boost my patriotic fervour by July.