15 Apr

Countdown To Round Britain Relay

Great British Relay logo

It is just seven weeks until the start of the Great British Relay and the attempt to set a new world record for the longest continuous running relay. The relay will cover 7000km in 600 stages and runners from across Britain will carry a specially designed GPS baton which tracks their progress 24 hours a day.

Starting and ending in Scarborough, the Great British Relay begins on Saturday, 1 June, and club runners, fun runners and charity fund raisers will be taking part in this huge undertaking by running one of the stages with distances varying from 10km to 30km.

The current world record is 5640km; organisers, GB Relay, are planning to increase that distance by 1500 kilometres using a their new GPS baton to follow progress and provide a record of this epic feat for the Guinness Book of Record's inspection.

Organiser Paul Shack says, "The Great British Relay can't happen without the support of local communities all over the UK. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where people from all sorts of backgrounds can band together in trust to make what seems impossible, possible and, on completion, everyone who has taken part will be able to call themselves a world record holder!"

Participants are encouraged to raise money for GB Relay's official charity, Sue Ryder, but are free to support whatever charity they choose. Runners must be able to maintain six miles per hour running pace (about 10 kilometres in an hour) and be available at the time of their stage.

Stages are now available and full details of the Great British Relay can be found at the Great British Relay website.