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Olympic Torch Relay 2016 Live Stream, TV, Olympic Games

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The Summer Olympics torch relay is in progress, running from 19 May – 27 July , prior to the Summer Olympics. The torch bearer selection process was announced on 18 May, . The traditional lighting ceremony took place on 10 May at the Temple of Hera, Olympia, home of the Ancient Olympic Games. The torch relay travelled around Greece, and arriving at the Panathinaiko Stadium, in Athens on 17 May for the handover ceremony.

The torch relay will last 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations, six island visits with about 8,000 people carrying the torch a total distance of about 8,000 miles (12,800 km), starting from Land's End in Cornwall. The torch will have one day outside of the United Kingdom when it will visit Dublin on 6 June. The relay will focus on national heritage sites, locations with sporting significance, key sporting events, schools registered with the Get Set School Network, green spaces and biodiversity, Live Sites (city locations with large screens), festivals and other events.

On water, the torch will ride in a power boat in Bristol Harbour and in an RNLI lifeboat along the Menai Strait. Slower journeys will occur by ferry on the Mersey Ferry and by the steam boat MV Tern across Windermere. In unpowered watercraft, it will be punted along the River Cam in Cambridge, and rowed along the River Medway in Maidstone.

On rails the torch will be hauled by steam locomotives over various gauges. The LMS Royal Scot Class locomotive No. 6115 Scots Guardsman will convey the torch on the mainline railway along the East Coast Main Line. Trips will also be taken on standard gauge heritage railways at the Great Central Railway, the North York Moors Railway and the Severn Valley Railway On smaller gauges, the torch will visit the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway and a miniature railway in the form of the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway. It will be taken up gradients by funicular railways on the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, the Hastings East Hill Cliff Railway, and Great Orme Tramway, as well as the narrow gauge rack railway of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Electric trams will carry the torch on the Blackpool tramway and Manx Electric Railway.

Using road vehicles, the torch will complete eighty percent of its tour of Britain in a security van. A road train will be used in the Mumbles in Swansea and it will ride on an open top bus through the Cumbrian countryside. The torch will be transported on three wheels by a TT motorcycle sidecar on the Isle of Man, by a Paralympic road cycle around the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit and by mountain bike at the Hadleigh Farm course in Essex.

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