Dr Manning is a father of four from Derry and alongside his work as a GP has been refereeing rugby matches for 25 years and providing medical back-up to local rugby and cricket matches.
He was nominated by his wife for his efforts to involve the community in team sports. Last year he worked tirelessly to make a children’s playground in the area.
Dr Manning said: ‘As a GP in a small village you have a great responsibility in the community.’
He says he now keeps his torch in his consulting room to show to the children he treats.
Among the other Derry torchbearers running alongside Dr Manning were two of his patients who had been nominated for community service and donating a kidney.
‘It was a funny old bus ride getting there,’ he said.