Olympic torch visit

The London 2012 Olympic Torch comes to Oxford's legendary Iffley Road stadium, where the four-minute mile was first run. Featuring contributions from Sir Roger Bannister, Gold medallist Steph Cook and wheelchair racer Nikki Emerson, as well as torch bearer Nicola Byrom.

The Olympic torch was taken around the Roger Bannister track at Iffley Road stadium on 10 July.

Samsung (an Official Worldwide Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games) had invited the University to nominate torch bearers to carry the torch through the city on 9 and 10 July. They are Professor Richard Cooper, Maureen O'Neill and DPhil student Nicola Byrom.

Professor Cooper has been heavily involved in sport at Oxford for 45 years, initially as a student playing hockey and cricket and later as a key supporter of organised sport as a senior member of sports teams. He has recently retired as Chair of the University Sports Committee after 15 years during which time the sports service has trebled its size in terms of student sports provision, and still plays cricket for the University emeriti team.

Nicola Byrom is studying experimental psychology and has volunteered for a number of eating disorder-related projects. In 2009 she launched Student Run Self Help, a volunteer-run organisation which provides self-help groups across the country for students with eating disorders, and has raised more than £60,000 for the programme.

Maureen O’Neill, Director of Development for the Oxford Faculty of Law, was nominated for a lifetime of non-profit and volunteer work.  She is a governor for St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, a Parish Council member of Corpus Christi, an advisor for Creation Theatre and a volunteer for the Scouts, helping to raise £92,000 for their World Scout Jamboree last summer. She has worked with the Law Faculty since 2004.