The idea was originally floated amongst like-minded people on the Runners World internet forum and immediately gained momentum as interest soared, very quickly the idea became a plan, and the Great UK Coastal Relay was born.
The general idea being to keep the concept as simple and as inclusive as possible, and just do what it says on the tin, namely run a relay around the coastline (or as close to as safety will allow) of the United Kingdom, starting and ultimately finishing at the same point on the map.
In 1986, a lady called Helen Krasner walked a similar coastal route that covered an approximate 5,000 miles, and it was felt that by splitting this in to chunks of approx. 200 – 300 miles the co-ordination of such an event would become manageable to the extent that the idea would indeed become a reality.
Each area would then be responsible for recruiting runners, mapping routes for their locale and ultimately managing changeovers between legs to ensure the relay passes through without incident. A dedicated hit squad of ‘floaters’ is also being put in place to cover any areas where local numbers aren’t sufficient to cover the route.
And so it is, that on Sunday May 9th, at approx. 11 am, ‘Barry the Baton’ will leave from Blackpool tower on the start of his round Britain odyssey.
Runners of all ages, and abilities are encouraged to sign up to take part in this historic and unique event.