Carrying the baton for her youngsters

Lilias Snedden, Queen's baton relay runner
Lilias Snedden, Queen's baton relay runner

A Bo’ness woman is celebrating after being chosen as a baton carrier at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Lilias Snedden is among a number of local people picked from thousands of applications to take part.

A youth worker at St Andrew’s Church, Lilias said she will be carrying the baton on behalf of all the young people she works with.

When the email arrived to let her know she had been chosen, Lilias was “gobsmacked”.

She said: “I was delighted but I couldn’t believe it and asked the other people in the office if it was true!

“I’m looking forward to it now it has sunk in and I will be doing it for all the young people.

“I felt a bit overwhelmed at the thought of running – although I am assured I don’t have to actually run!

“I am planning on going out to do some training before hand!”

Lilias lives with husband David and is mum to Adam (23), Alistair (21) and Abigail (18). She is hoping they will all be able to go along to support her.

Lilias (48) said: “I don’t know exactly where I will be running yet and won’t find out until about four weeks beforehand.

“Hopefully, my family and friends will be able to come along and cheer me on – or laugh at my running!”

The Queen’s Baton Relay symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.

Over a period of 288 days, the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometres and involve a third of the world’s population.

Since its launch last October, the baton has travelled across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. It is currently in Jamaica.

The baton contains the Queen’s message to the Commonwealth, which she will read at the Opening Ceremony.