Deeside grandfather revels in Olympic experience

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A Deeside grandfather has described running with the Olympic Torch as “an amazing experience”.

Ivor Mathers, from Banchory, carried the torch through the village of Lasswade, near Edinburgh on Thursday, June 14.

The Service Team Leader was given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through his employers Aggreko UK, who are official sponsors of the London Games.

Mr Mathers, 52, said it came as a huge surprise when he heard he had been selected to take part in the torch relay.

“It was totally unexpected,” he said. “My general manager nominated me and the first I knew about it was when I received an e-mail saying I had been awarded a place as a torchbearer.”

Ivor travelled south on Wednesday with his wife Natalia and other members of the Aggreko team who were running.

“We were up at 6.30am in preparation and it was nice to meet runners from all different backgrounds taking part - with some coming all the way from Canada, Russia and France.

“The build up was great but when I collected the torch it was absolutely fantastic. There was so many people out cheering, I couldn’t believe it.”

Ivor, who has three daughters and two granddaughters, is unsure where he will keep his souvenirs from the day.

“My employers were kind enough to purchase the torch and my running outfit for me to keep. There’s no way I will be selling the torch, I haven’t worked out where exactly it will go but it will probably be somewhere around the house.”