Cathedral Precentor to carry Olympic torch

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Runner to take the Olympic torch - Canon Chris HumphriesThe Precentor (music leader) of Chester Cathedral has been selected as a torch bearer when the Olympic flame arrives in Chester on Tuesday 29 May. Canon Chris Humphries 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.

Chris is thrilled to have been chosen. He said: “I am delighted and honoured to represent both the City and Cathedral by taking part in this once in a lifetime event .”