Olympic torch mum in delivery dash


An expectant mother is due to carry the Olympic torch in Bath - just 24 hours before she gives birth.

Eleanore Regan, 28, is hoping to complete her 300-metre stretch of the relay route before the imminent arrival of her second child.

Ms Regan, from Lansdown, Bath, will carry the torch through the city - marking the fourth day of the relay tour.

She was selected for her tireless work over more than a decade to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the UK, Eastern Europe and Africa.

After a holiday in Kenya she set up the charity Challenge Africa, of which Joanna Lumley is now patron, to create community facilities.

The mother-of-one, who is leading a fundraising group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year, is taking the role of torchbearing and childbearing in her stride.

"This is such a great time for the country. I feel proud to be able to carry the flame amongst such inspirational people and in such a beautiful city," she said.

Communities stretching from Taunton, via Glastonbury, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol will see dozens of unsung and hard-working individuals get their moment in the spotlight.

The torchbearers range in age from children to 91-year-old Doris Whiting from Trowbridge, who will carry the flame through Shepton Mallet.

Mrs Whiting will be one of the oldest of the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry the Olympic flame on the way to the July 27 opening ceremony.