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London 2012: Essex Olympic torch relay route details revealed

The Olympic mountain bike course at Hadleigh Farm
Image caption The torch relay will visit the Olympic mountain bike course at Hadleigh Farm at 14:30 BST on 6 July

Full details of the route the Olympic torch relay will take through Essex this summer have been announced.

The street-by-street journey of the torch was revealed by organisers Locog.

The relay's first stop in the county will be in Colchester on Friday, 6 July at 07:28 BST, before it travels to 16 other locations over two days.

Among the landmarks it will visit are the Hadleigh Farm Olympic mountain bike course, the Basildon Sporting Village and Chelmsford Cathedral.

The torch will visit a total of 12 locations on 6 July, including Maldon, Rayleigh, Southend, Grays and Brentwood.

It will travel by motorised convoy to each location, where it will then be carried along a specified route by torchbearers.

White water centre

Among the highlights on 6 July are a special stop at the Olympic mountain bike course at Hadleigh Farm at 14:30.

It will arrive at Hylands Park in Chelmsford at 18:37 for its overnight stop and a special celebration event which is expected to be attended by up to 15,000 people.

The torch will start its journey on Saturday 7 July at 06:57 from the Anglia Ruskin University campus in Chelmsford.

The flame will then travel to Harlow and Waltham Abbey before visiting the Lee Valley White Water Centre on the Essex-Hertfordshire border at 08:46.

The venue will host the Olympic canoeing events.

The torch relay will return to Essex at 11:55 when it travels through Stansted Mountfitchet before the final stop in the county, in Saffron Walden, at 12:30.

The relay begins its 70-day tour of the UK from Land's End, Cornwall, on 19 May 2012.

It will conclude with the opening ceremony in Stratford on 27 July.

A total of 8,000 people will each carry the torch for 300 metres (328 yards).

Among them will be 21-year-old Bharat Thakrar, 21, from Harlow.

The university student was nominated for his services to his home town between the ages of 13 and 18.

During that time he helped a campaign for a skate park to be built and a youth cafe to be set up in the town.

He said: "It is such an honour to have been recognised for the hard work I have put in to supporting and helping make a change for my peer youth within the community.

"The relay is going to play an important part in bringing communities together."

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