THOUSANDS of alarm clocks bleeped extra early this morning as hordes of Sheffielders flocked to Don Valley to catch the Olympic torch passing through the Steel City.
As early as 6.30am schoolchildren, teachers, parents, dancers, cheerleaders and sportspeople startED to descend on Don Valley for a glimpse of the torch.
Debbie and Paul Hobson, from Dronfield, had been up since 6am.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience - definitely worth getting out of bed for,” said Paul.
“I’m definitely going to cry,” said Debbie.
But there were no tears from the hundreds of children - only screams of excitement - as Lucy Brunt, 14, from Seven Hills School ran past holding the Olympic flame aloft.
Lucy was involved with the Sheffield Within Reach disability sport project last year and regularly takes part in sport sessions in school and in the community. Her coaches say is ‘a little star’ - always integrating with other children in true Olympian spirit.
Among the children running behind her was Liam Fisher, 11, whose mother, Kelly, 32, watched proudly from the crowd.
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