London 2012: Surrey volunteers begin training

Surrey games ambassadors
Image caption More than 700 people volunteered to meet and greet people in Surrey during the Olympics

Training more than 450 volunteers who will greet people visiting Surrey for the Olympic cycle road race and other London 2012 events, has started.

Surrey's games ambassadors will be posted at key locations on the cycling route and at train stations.

They will be offering onward travel advice as well as tips on places to visit in the county.

Sue Dale, 60, of Cranleigh, said: "I'm thrilled to be involved and wouldn't miss it for the world."

The volunteers will also be on hand when the torch relay passes through the county.

Surrey County Council said more than 700 people applied to help out.

Helyn Clack, cabinet member for community services and the 2012 Games, said: "Having Olympic events on our doorstep is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and our ambassadors will play a key role in helping spectators make the most of the events.

"It's also a great way to promote local businesses and attractions."

The men's and women's cycling road races on 28 and 29 July include a large loop through Surrey taking in Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, West Byfleet, West Horsley, Dorking and Box Hill.

The cycling time trials on 1 August, which start and end at London's Hampton Court Palace, also take in parts of Surrey.

On 20 July torch relay celebrations are taking place at Stoke Park in Guildford, as the flame travels through the county.

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