The Olympic Torch Lights up Reading

Well we'd all seen the Torch being carried throughout the country on the news coverage - but seeing it in 'the flesh' was something else! On Tuesday 10th July I positioned myself on the course, near The Oracle in Reading, where the road crosses the River Kennett. Initially there were ten of us. Thirty minutes later there were more like 10,000! All along the route it was 'shoulder-to-shoulder' and more than five deep, such was the interest and enthusiam of the Reading populace. I was there principally to support the Chairman of British Rowing, Di Ellis, who has been driving force behind the incredible progress of British Rowing over the past thirty years. Spot on time Di gently trotted into sight, with the huge support of the crowds. The following day, Wednesday 11th July, I travelled to Christchurch Gardens in order to photograph another Torch Carrier - former Great Britain Junior coxswain Dan Mayer. Dan clearly enjoyed his 'five minutes of fame' - as did the spectators! The torch relay clearly brings out the best in all of us and the community spirit and support for the runners was clear. For me it was then a quick dash down the M4 to Thatcham, arriving just before the A4 was closed to traffic. This time it was to see former Pangbourne College oarswoman, Olivia Rendle. Olivia was probably the fastest of the three I followed - and the London 2012 Team had to maintain a good pace to keep with her! Once again there was huge support all along the route. Three great moments in our Olympic experience.

Please read the following before you rush to the photos - it will make life easier for you! All the photos are stored on my Cloud Drive, which is available 24/7 without any need to email or any contact. Although it is possible to access my Cloud Drive using a smartphone or an ipad, these will probably be relatively slow - a 'fast' computer is best. When you click on one of the links below you will be taken to a folder called Olympic Torch and within this are the photos. You will see two ways of viewing the photos, list and icon, icon is probably the best. Depending on your computer, it may be a little while before the thumbnails appear and if you are impatient you could click on The Slideshow where you will see a band of photos plus a larger selected image (low resolution). You can make a note of the images you wish to download. Then go to the thumbnail of an image you would like and then right-click it. You can then click on 'Download'. Depending on your computer, you will then get an option to open or save the image. Your computer's default may be a folder called, suprisingly, 'Downloads'. You would be better to use 'Save As' and put the image(s) into a named folder - Olympic Torch perhaps? If you have a problem then contact me on

If you wish to use any of these photos in a publication you may do so freely - but I would aks that you add a credit 'Photo by Don Somner'.