South Yorkshire man’s Olympic torch dream shattered

Ben Parkinson
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Injured soldier Ben Parkinson is facing the prospect of being unable to carry the Olympic torch through Doncaster after his route was changed.

The former para who lost both legs in a land mine blast in Afghanistan has been practising for weeks using his artificial legs to walk 200m along Bennetthorpe, near the Cenotaph.

But yesterday Locog officials told his family his route had changed to Balby Road, near the flyover, which would not be possible for him.

His mother, Diane Dernie, of Bessacarr, said: “It’s got to be level for Ben to walk it, he can’t do hills or slopes.

“Bennetthorpe was perfect and he’s been doing that stretch for weeks since it was allocated to him. The local relay organiser is trying to get it sorted today but if he can’t Ben won’t be able to take part in the relay.”