70 nations and territories. 190,000 km. 288 days.
Launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London on 9 October 2013, the Queen’s Baton Relay is certainly a marathon, not a sprint. Winding its way along a 190,000 km route that takes in 70 different places across Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe, this 288-day event is the curtain-raiser to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The baton symbolises the history, culture and innovation of Glasgow and Scotland. At its heart is a message from the Queen to the members of the Commonwealth. This message will be read aloud at the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow’s Celtic Park on 23 July 2014.
Yesterday, South Lanarkshire hosted day 9 of the Scottish leg of the relay. We caught a quick glimpse of the baton as it came through East Kilbride.