The Guinness World record for the longest, continuous running relay has been broken as the final baton holder crossed the finish line of the I Move London Relay at Tower Bridge yesterday.
The relay, that ran for 30 days and 30 nights, saw 2000 runners from all over the UK take part in 5K and 10K legs across the city. From the runner dressed as a bishop who caught a handbag thief on route, to those dressed in fancy dress during pride, countless participants who kept the baton moving through the heatwave and World Cup games day and night, to complete the 4,014.52 mile course – beating the previous record by 510 miles.
The I Move London Relay, which was the brainchild of ex-GB Triathlete Danny Bent and sponsored by ASICS, started on Friday 29 June, with the aim of uniting London communities, raising funds for charity and breaking the previous record held by Keep on Running (Ireland), in 2012.
The challenge raised over £50,000 for its charity partners – The Running Charity, Laureus and Sported – helping to improve the lives of young people affected by homelessness, gang culture and mental health.
Victoria Pendleton, Laureus Ambassador and Olympic cycling star, said: “As a Laureus Ambassador, I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the I Move London Relay. I was lucky enough to run a leg earlier this week and the positive atmosphere surrounding the event was infectious. We are so thankful that funds raised will help enable Laureus Sport for Good to support more programmes using sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage around the world.”
Danny Bent, founder of the I Move London Relay added: “The best thing about the relay has been watching people from all walks of life come together to help create something historical. That and raising over £50,000 for some of the most brilliant charities.
“I’m so proud of every single person that has taken part in our record-breaking relay – the runners, the volunteers, the marshals. All of them have totally demonstrated that with a bit of collaboration amazing feats can be accomplished and a lot of happiness generated. And that’s just what I wanted to give back to London, to show that all communities can live and work together no matter of where we come from or what we do.”