Olympic Torch for runner

NEAA 27-06-12 BE 15 Hollie Ross from Kimberley, carrying the olympic torch. Seen with sister Amanda ross who nominated her.
NEAA 27-06-12 BE 15 Hollie Ross from Kimberley, carrying the olympic torch. Seen with sister Amanda ross who nominated her.

A nurse from Kimberley who did 16 charity runs last year raising £1,000 has been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Derby.

Hollie Ross did 16 runs in 2011 – alongside revising for her final year nursing exams – to raise money for McMillan Cancer Care and a support service for cancer patients at Nottingham City Hospital.

The 25-year-old was nominated by her sister, Amanda.

“I was a bit overwhelmed,” she said.

“I was really surprised.

“She is such a sweet person and it’s nice of her to do that for me.

“I will carry it with pride and in memory of all the people I have raised funds for.”

Amanda Ross, who lives in West Bridgford, said: “I just thought she was doing such a fantastic job and trying to raise so much money. I thought she deserved something back.

“It wasn’t easy to take part in all those runs whilst trying to juggle everything else in her life but she did it.

“I can’t thing of a better person to nominate. I’m proud of her.”

Hollie, of Maws Lane, decided to do a run a month as a year-long event with her friend Jessica Dobson after doing the Robin Hood marathon in 2010.

Hollie, who is now planning to organise a run abroad to challenge herself more, is carrying the torch through Calow in Derbyshire at midday today, June 29.

She is a member of the Kimberley and District Striders running group.