Many people who packed along the crowded seafront may not have realised that 28-year-old Ellie Walls will have run more than 300 miles for charity by next month.
The torchbearer from Scarborough said she was aiming to run a mile for every member of the Armed Forces who had been killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan.
She proudly carried the Olympic Torch between a cafe in Royal Albert Drive to hairy Bob’s Skatepark and said the experience had exceeded all expectations.
“I don’t think I knew what to expect. I have been in contact with other people who have done it and they were saying what their experience had been like. But until you’ve experienced it for yourself you don’t know what to expect,” she added.
Ellie started her mammoth running challenge last July – but was forced to take three months out when she broke her ankle – and during this time it has included a 69 mile run along Hadrian’s Wall.
She said: “ I am running the Memorial Mile Challenge between now and graduation in 2012 I am going to run one official race mile for every person killed in Afghanistan. I wish to encourage others to join me run a mile in rememberance even if they do not personally know those killed.
“Even if I run just three miles it represents three names that should be remembered. Everyong deserves to have that memorial. ”
Ellie is raising money for SSAFA, a charity that supports bereaved families as well as the injured, and she hopes to complete the challenge by July 7. She said: “It’s been amazing because people see what I am doing is for charity. I dream of giving just a little something back.”