World Record Attempt Needs Local Runners

22 Mar

The Great British Relay is aiming to break the current world record for a continuous relay around mainland Britain covering over 7,000 km in 594 stages throughout June 2013. The current world record is 5,640 km; organisers, GB Relay, are planning to increase that distance by 1,500 kilometres using a specially designed GPS baton to track progress and provide a record of this epic feat for the Guinness Book of Record’s inspection.

The Great British Relay is inviting local runners to take part in this huge undertaking by running one of the 594 stages. 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.

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.

The Great British Relay travels throughout mainland UK in June and stages are available on their website .

For more information, please contact  Paul Shack by telephone on: 07449983301 or 01133226137 or by email at