Large crowds have safely gathered again today (Wednesday, 1 August) to see Surrey’s final Olympic event pass through the county.
Tens of thousands of spectators lined the streets to watch the men’s and women’s time trial road races in which Bradley Wiggins won Great Britain’s second gold medal of the Games and Chris Froome picked up a bronze.
Today’s races, which went through the towns of Esher, Hersham and Cobham, brought the curtain down on the county’s Olympic events following the men’s and women’s road races at the weekend. The cycling events have been the biggestsporting occasions the county has ever seen.
Over 600 Surrey Police officers and staff were deployed on the weekend event days and around 400 today working alongside the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police. Despite the huge number of people who have descended on the county throughout, there were no arrests as of 7pm today and only two at the weekend.
Surrey County Council has been working with the race organisers LOCOG to ensure roads have been reopened as quickly as possible. Despite the large numbers that turned out, the crowds have remained patient and have been dispersing relatively quickly.
Chief Superintendent Gavin Stephens said: “This has been an incredible Olympic Games for Surrey and has been made even better by the county’s events yielding three medals for Team GB.
“There were no event-related arrests in Surrey today and this is testament to the good nature of all those who came out to see the Time Trial race in Elmbridge and Bradley Wiggins pick up that much deserved gold medal.
“Surrey Police would like to thank residents for embracing the spirit of the Games whilst tolerating some disruption to their everyday lives.
“We have worked extremely hard with the county council and our other partners to ensure the months of planning paid off and the Games ran smoothly.
“I would like to thank all the Surrey Police officers and staff for their dedication in making all our events safe and secure for people to enjoy.”