I saw the footage of young Joe Smale carrying the Torch earlier and was blown away by it. For a moment I forgot about everything else - just wrapped up in seeing a lad who deserves it more than anything getting his moment to shine. Then I realised that the same thing would be happening to me.
Two days to go. There is an awful lot swimming round my head. Overwhelming excitement and nerves, a bit of pressure to make sure that everything is ready to go for the new campaign. People to speak to beforehand, like Steven's parents. A house to clean before friends and family arrive, and 5 days work to fit into 2. Above all, the knowledge that - aside from the uniqueness and drama and brilliance of the moment itself - the Torch brings an end to one journey, and begins another. And always, the nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I don't really deserve this. I just did some running - it was the way people responded that made it a successful campaign. Leading Light will be the same principle, but on a much grander scale. I can't make it work without you. But I guess the simplicity of trying your best when you don't have all the answers is part of what this relay is about.
So instead of writing more random thoughts, I'm going to talk for a couple of minutes. Here's a video Southwark Council made to publicise the Torch. At the time of posting it's had 299 views. Likely that my Mum will be responsible for at least 280 of them, and she no doubt agrees with you that I need a shave.
This video is the only place the new campaign is talked about publicly, other than this blog. I can't wait for it to be launched now, and to get stuck into Lands End to John O'Groats...with plenty more to follow. But for now, I'm going to give myself a bit of space and make sure Thursday doesn't pass me by. And all the time I'm really hoping to hear your thoughts on the new campaign, ideas or challenges you have for me, or the different ways you're going to get involved.
I'll check back in tomorrow, but for now I hope you enjoy the sunshine. And if you get chance then take a look at Joe's story. We're going to hear the word 'hero' and 'inspiration' used a lot as the Games unfold. A lot of it will be justified. But they will be people doing heroic or inspirational things. If you want to see someone who is the living, breathing definition of the word, look now further than young Joe Smale.
Thanks for reading