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    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

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    100 countries
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England 13 May: Oxford - London

Just past the Botley flyover in Oxford we began today's stage, which would ultimately take us to London. Oxford is not a large city and the shopping area moving from West to East is quite short; though High street does continue down to Magdalen College, there are only a few shops so we were through the city centre quite quickly, and heading out on the A40.

Ondrej managed to squeeze in some photos of Oxford from South Parks as the silver van left the City.

Once we began to settle into the running, the day's drama began to unfold. Having already realised the runner had taken an unscheduled route and put him back the right way, the support team soon realised that the runner was now missing.

Two hours later we came across Stefan at a roundabout where he'd been waiting for an hour, just about to get in a car with a good samaritan.

That was the end of our first mileage quota. We drove on to catch the other van heading into London, and caught up with it at Gerrards Cross.

The silver van team had a busy day, having to cover extra miles due to our delay, and was spotted by Thames Valley police - who weren't trying to arrest Balavan as it turned out, but were curious about the run and were happy to hold the torch and offer their wishes for harmony.

Just as we were entering Greater London, we came across a World War II Spitfire on display.

The upper body workout...

Ondrej at the White House.

Journalists from four different newspapers met the Harmony Run throughout the day. Pictured above is a journalist from Bucks Free Press, and just before Southall we were told to call in to Westside FM, a local community radio station where Ondrej and Balavan talked live for a few minutes. Balavan mentioned the free concert that is being offered by Boris Grebenshikov at the Royal Albert hall on Tuesday, 19 May.

Andrew Porter, who works at Westside FM, came and held the Harmony Torch when the Run arrived outside the radio station.

Well-wisher from the Sikh community.

The long hot afternoon ended just a few miles down the road in Southall, where three ladies brought the day to a fitting conclusion at a bus stop and we then headed off to Cambridge to stay the night.

– Abichal Watkins

Distance: 76 km

Team Members:
Ondrej Vesely (Czech Republic), Stefan Ehrenfellner (Austria), Matthias Frey (Germany), Tejvan Pettinger (England), Rosta Vagner (Czech Republic), Balavan Thomas (England), Abichal Watkins (Wales), Valentine Grosjean (France), Kamilla Hozlarova (Czech Republic), Ieva Kurzemniece (Latvia)

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