Salvation Army Farm Hosts Olympic Games Event!

I wonder if Salvation Army founder, General William Booth, ever envisioned his farmland as a good terrain for mountain biking?

Either way, we’re honored and thrilled that Hadliegh Salvation Army Farm will be the venue for the London 2012 Olympics mountain bike course!

Booth purchased the 900-acre farm in 1890 as a “Country Colony” to provide training and employment for poor people from industrial London. Today, the farm’s training centre continues to offer employment and life skills classes for disadvantaged individuals.

And on August 11 and 12, the farm will welcome fans, competitors and cameras!

On top of this great honor, eight lucky Salvationists took part in the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay leading up to Friday’s opening ceremony.

Major Val Mylechreest of Bournemouth was among The Salvation Army’s running representatives.

Nominated for her enthusiasm and hard work helping families, elderly people and many others in her local area, she was cheered on by crowds of friends and supporters as she ran the 400-meter stretch.

Check out her video below!

We are so proud to be supporting the London 2012 Olympics!