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Suffolk: Baton relay route published as Commonwealth Games approach

16:12 15 May 2014

Sir Chris Hoy was one of the first to carry the baton which is heading to Suffolk next month.

Sir Chris Hoy was one of the first to carry the baton which is heading to Suffolk next month.

Details of the Commonwealth Games’ baton’s visit to Suffolk have been announced as the countdown to the Glasgow games nears its end.


Where the relay will be heading

The events will feature an appearance by the baton, but it will not necessarily be there for the whole event, each of which will be built a sporting theme.

Lowestoft – 7:45am-9:30am:

Carried by Anthony Ogogo, the Baton will arrive at the Claremont Pier and be greeted by the Mayor of Lowestoft and a fanfare of live music.

Following a mass warm-up, there will be a breakfast run/jog/walk/buggy push/toddle along the seafront following the route of the lower and upper esplanade.

Newmarket – 10am-1pm:

The Baton will arrive at the Rowley Mile Racecourse at 11:30am where a mass participation schools relay will take place.

Commonwealth Games race walking gold medallist Ron Wallwork MBE will hand the baton to jockey Ryan Moore – who will ride with it down the Rowley Mile.

Bury St Edmunds – 12:30pm-5:30pm:

The baton will arrive at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre for an athletics competition involving more than 400 local disabled and non-disabled school children.

The baton will be carried by England U19 cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds.

Ipswich (Northgate Sports Centre) – 2:45pm-6pm:

The baton will be a VIP visitor at a QuadKids athletics competition involving 700 9-11 year olds, 80 young leaders, watched by 1,500 spectators.

As the baton bearer (British Olympic handballer Louise Jukes) runs around the track, she will gather a representative from each of the competing schools who will join her to complete the run.

Ipswich (Christchurch Park) – 5pm-7pm:

80-year-old keep fit enthusiast Ken Webb will run the baton into Christchurch Park. It will be welcomed onto the stage by the Mayor of Ipswich and chairman of Suffolk County Council.

British Paralympic bronze medal powerlifter Zoe Newson will welcome the baton onto the stage.

Suffolk is the only county in East Anglia to host the baton during its tour of England before crossing the border at the end of June.

It will be in Suffolk on June 9, starting at Lowestoft before moving on to Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds before finishing the day at two events in Ipswich.

Highlights of the day include:

A community and school run along Lowestoft seafront, led by Olympic bronze medal boxer Anthony Ogogo.

About 500 Newmarket school children taking part in a mass participation sporting event, which is open to the public, while the baton is carried by jockey Ryan Moore who rode the Queen’s winning 2013 Royal Ascot horse ‘Estimate’.

An athletics competition for up to 400 disabled and non-disabled children in Bury St Edmunds.

An athletics competition at the Northgate Sports Centre in Ipswich with 700 young participants. The Baton will be run through a guard of honour made by the young athletes.

And a grand finale in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park involving pyrotechnics, live music, a sports village and a mass participation run around the park using coloured powder to create a visual spectacle.

Suffolk county councillor with responsibility for health Dr Alan Murray said: “The fact that Suffolk has been chosen to host the Queen’s Baton Relay is proof positive of our ability to hold successful major events and celebrate sport.

“This is a great opportunity for Suffolk to show its support for Team England. I’m confident that the baton relay and our baton bearers will inspire more people to become active and help us in our drive to become the most active county in England.”

The XX Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August. England is sending a 400-strong team to compete across the 17 sports.

Dame Kelly Holmes, president of Commonwealth Games England, said: “I’m encouraging everyone in Suffolk to get involved when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to the county.

“Suffolk will be hosting an incredible celebration of sport on 9 June and everyone can join in. If you can be there then please go and give sport a go, cheer your inspirational baton bearers and be part of the Team England send-off to Glasgow.”

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