Scafell Pike summitMountaineering legend Sir Chris Bonington will unfurl a flag on the top of Scafell Pike on Sunday to mark the handover of the Olympics from China to the UK.

Scafell Pike summit

He will be joined on the summit of England’s highest peak by 72-year-old fellrunner Jos Naylor and 16-year-old long-distance runner Laura Park. The young runner, from Maryport, Cumbria, hopes to be in the 2012 team when London hosts the Games.

The ceremony will take place at 2.30pm, to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

Sir Chris, who lives in Cumbria, said: "Mountaineering was one of the original sports identified by Baron de Coubertin for inclusion when the modern Olympics began in 1896, so this a particularly fitting event to mark an exciting four years for British sport.

“The whole of the world's eyes will be on London in four years time, so we want to kick off our Olympic adventure in style in Cumbria."

Wasdale shepherd Jos Naylor, a legend himself in fellrunning circles, said: “It's always a pleasure to be at the top of Scafell Pike as it's got one of the greatest viewpoints in the country and is one of the most visited spots in the Lakes.

“But this Sunday will be a particular pleasure as we'll be flying the flag for Britain. Hopefully the publicity that's generated around the Olympics will encourage more and more young people to take up sport.”

Members of the region’s mountain rescue teams will also make the journey to the summit. Richard Warren, Chairman of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Association, said: “Although not a sport, the sheer drive and determination required by volunteer mountain rescuers to keep going when the body is saying stop and rest is not dissimilar to that of an athlete. As a charity, we were very pleased to be involved in the planning of this event and look forward to an incident-free day."

Elsewhere throughout Britain, ceremonies will also take place to mark the handover. Some of the more surreal offerings include David Beckham kicking a football from a double-decker bus, a mass singalong of the Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love and Jimmy Page teaming up with Leona Lewis for a version of Whole Lotta Love.