Runners attempt to break a World Record with the longest running relay race

Runners longest relay attempt

Runners are attempting to set a new world running 4000 miles, in a continuous relay which will last for 30 days and 30 nights. The I Move London Relay started last Friday 29 June, where over 100 runners from all of London’s 32 boroughs were joined by Daley Thompson CBE to run the first leg.

The relay, powered by running brand Asics, began on Friday and will involve a 4000 mile run, completed in 10K and 5K loops around central London. Groups of 2-50 runners can run each leg and pass the baton on to the next team. To find out more about running a stage, head to the London relay site here. 

The next big group stage will take place this Thursday 5 July at Potters Field Park, where there will be a Pride Carnival Theme.

The relay is not only a world record attempt for the longest continuous relay, but is raising money for charities such as The Running Charity, helping to end gang culture and break down the stigma of mental illness and support homelessness.

Danny Bent, founder of the I Move London relay said: “I am so happy to see the start line full of people from all over London, especially on such a sunny and beautiful evening. I truly believe in the power of sport and its ability to bring people together. That’s why we developed the I Move London relay, to unite London through the simple act of running. Homelessness affects 170,000 people in London, 1 in 4 of us will suffer from poor mental health and gang culture is an issue that affects communities city-wide. Through the creation of the world’s longest relay we want to bring together every corner of London, celebrate all of us and raise some cash for those that need it.”

Alex Eagle from The Running Charity added: "The Running Charity is delighted to be part of the I Move London Relay. We believe that running builds resilience, confidence and self-esteem of 16-25-year-olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Like the work we do at The Running Charity, the I Move London Relay will show that through running young people can make a real social change for good in their community and for themselves."