BILAMBIL Rural Fire Service volunteers Chris Goodman, Bill Blanch and Linda Lesleighter will line up to carry the Queen?s baton
BILAMBIL Rural Fire Service volunteers Chris Goodman, Bill Blanch and Linda Lesleighter will line up to carry the Queen?s baton

Bilambil firies cool on running Queen?s baton leg



THREE members of the volunteer Bilambil Rural Fire Service are among a strong field of local runners carrying the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton, due on the Tweed tomorrow.

Bilambil brigade president Bill Blanch, a former Victorian firefighter, said his senior deputy captain Christine Goodman, Linda Lesleighter and himself had all been "mysteriously" nominated to take part.

Bill is due to run in Murwillumbah, Christine in Tweed Heads and Linda at Byron Bay.

"We just received letters in the mail saying 'congratulations you have been nominated'," Mr Blanch said.

"The nominations are a mystery to us. We don't know exactly where they came from.

Mr Blanch said he was initially reluctant to run, thinking the honour should go to sports stars, but changed his mind after many people kept telling him just "do it".

He said the specific leg of the relay each participant would run won't be known until shortly before the event.

A Commonwealth Games spokesman said the leg allotted to each runner was kept secret as long as possible for security reasons.



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