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The Queen's Jubilee Baton Relay *

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5000 runners will carry Baton

Key Relay facts

  • The Baton departed Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, 11 March 2002

  • The Baton will contain The Queen’s Message to be read at the Opening Ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester

  • The Baton will travel almost 59,000 miles across the Commonwealth visiting approximately 23 Commonwealth countries over 87 days

  • The Baton returns to the United Kingdom on 6 June 2002 for the start of a 50 day event

  • During these 50 days the Baton will:

        -     travel the four corners of the United Kingdom
-pass famous landmarks and visit areas of natural beauty and historical significance
-travel within one hour's drive of 95 per cent of the United Kingdom population
-spend approximately 65 per cent of its time travelling through non-metropolitan areas
-travel about 5,000 miles by road
-be welcomed at 50 evening community celebrations in the UK's towns and cities including the Opening Ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester
-be carried by 5,000 Runners, averaging 100 Runners per day
-be carried by each Runner for approximately 500 yards
-travel on approximately 30 alternative modes of transport including steam train, double-decker bus and a ferry across the Mersey
-be supported by up to 33 convoy vehicles
-require a 150-man support crew throughout the 50 day event
-be 'on parade' for about 10-12 hours each day
-require approximately 2,500 hotel rooms to accommodate the crew throughout the Relay
-need around 15,000 meals during the event to feed the crew

  • The Queen's Jubilee Baton Relay will complete its journey in the City of Manchester Stadium at the Opening Ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games on 25 July 2002.

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