Chris Humphries carries Olympic Torch May 29 2012

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Chris carried the torch through SaltneyThe Revd Canon Chris Humphries is PICTURED carrying the torch through Saltney - a suburb of Chester that's actually in Wales - as part of the UK-wide relay leading up to the opening of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July. Chris - the music leader of Chester Cathedral - said: "It was a great privilege and a wonderful experience to take part in the relay as the torch made its way through Saltney.

"The torch and its substantial entourage then made its way via Hough Green, Handbridge, the Groves, Grosvenor Park, Eastgate Clock and St Werburgh's Street to Chester Cathedral, and then, after being blessed by Canon Jane Brooke, via Watergate Street to the racecourse.

“I received the torch from a disabled lad, Ian, who had received it himself from Beth Tweddle, star of the British gymnastic team. Many members of my family and of the cathedral congregation were there to cheer me on.

“I was surrounded at various points by children wanting to have a photo with the torch. They were very excited and interested, many of them having done school projects about the Olympics.

“All in all, it was a very proud day, and one where I was very conscious of the support of the cathedral community, the city, and of course my family. And, yes, I will be keeping the torch and not selling it on ebay!”

Chris has always been interested in sport, particularly cricket, hockey and football. He ran for Bancroft School in the Essex Trials in his youth, and he rekindled his interest in running after taking part in the Great North Run with his son, Michael. Chris will be taking part in that again in September; running in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which is appropriate as his wife Barbara is a Macmillan nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Chris has also run the Chester Half Marathon (twice) and in the Mercian Regiment marathon of 2010 which raised funds for the families of soldiers killed and those severely injured in Afghanistan.

A member of the cathedral congregation put his name forward for the Olympic honour.