Horley woman preparing to carry Olympic torch through Lincoln
A CHARITY runner is preparing for the biggest relay of her life as she carries the Olympic Torch.
Sue West, 33, will carry the iconic Flame through Lincoln on June 27, after being nominated by colleagues for her fundraising runs in support of cancer charities.
Miss West, of Station Approach, Horley, has completed three marathons and a number of ten- kilometre and Race for Life runs, raising more than £2,500, since cancer claimed her best friend's mother in 2003.
But she admits having the eyes of the world on her as she carries the Flame will present a different challenge.
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"I am so overwhelmed. It is amazing, I actually can't believe it," she told the Mirror.
"I've been watching it live on the BBC website and I feel so proud to be holding it and to be a part of it.
"It is going to be very nerve-racking and very scary. I can't wait, but it seems strange – the relay has already started and I have to wait five weeks."
Miss West, a food and beverage manager at Best Western Gatwick Moat House, off the Longbridge Roundabout, was surprised to be nominated by staff at the company but struggled to keep it a secret.
She said: "I wasn't allowed to tell people I had been given the role. At first, I didn't want too many people to know because I didn't want to get my hopes up."
With her parents planning to join the crowds lining the streets for her big day, she admits the pressure is slightly off now the flame has already gone out once.
But as she prepares for her run, Miss West's thoughts are still with friend Joanne McCready, whose mum Sheila died of cancer nine years ago, inspiring Miss West to take to the track for cancer charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, St Catherine's Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
"I did smoke when she died," she said.
"But I decided that was it. I decided to run the London Marathon. It is just about helping people and helping the charities, without us raising money they wouldn't keep going."