Walkers led to top by torch

ALOFT Olympic torch bearer Sammie Roden, carries the torch up the Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122871-418)
ALOFT Olympic torch bearer Sammie Roden, carries the torch up the Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122871-418)
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SCORES of people rose to the challenge when they walked the 560 steps to reach the top of the Spinnaker Tower.

The walkers were guided by former Olympic torchbearer, Sammie Roden, who was carrying the torch during the climb.

It was organised by Slimming World, which Sammie is a consultant for, and saw many of the organisation’s members take part.

Sammie, 34, of Northern Parade, Hilsea, said: ‘It was really good.

‘I started to feel it about half-way up but there were signs on the walls telling you how much further there was to go and that spurred me on.

‘I have a condition called lupus, which affects the joints and causes them to swell up so this was quite a challenge for me – I’m quite proud of myself that I managed it.’

Sammie was nominated to carry the torch by one of her friends after surviving a stroke and going through six months of rehabilitation to get the use of her left arm back, being diagnosed with lupus, and raising lots of money for charity throughout her treatment.

She ran with the torch through Petworth on July 16.