Spurs Fan spent part of Tuesday on a mini bus with other torchbearers, and was gobsmacked by their stories. The woman who was paralysed by a car accident, and went on to become a kick-boxing champion. The Olympic swimmer. The man who cycled miles there and back to run marathons, and who missed out on the 1956 Olympics on a technicality. The young carers who look after their mum. The torchbearers are the stars of the relay- forget the celebs or local Z list media types who are there to make sure there is coverage of the event. If you live in GB and the torch goes round your way, consider those thousands of regular folk who, in their own ways, are inspirational.
The world is full of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances. We all know some.
Earlier this year, three local families agreed to take part in short films about living with rare disease. These are their, gobsmacking, stories.