Runners needed

RelayGB, the world record attempt for back-to-back marathons, is coming through west Scotland and the Highlands between 11 and 14 May 2012 and these sections of the route need runners to make the event a success.

RelayGB is a brand new charity fundraising event that will see hundreds of runners covering 2,600 miles in over 100 non-stop marathons to break the world record for distance relay running while raising £500,000 in aid of Brain Tumour UK.

There are 16 marathon ‘legs’ that wind their way through west Scotland and the Highlands and the event organiser, John Stanford, is looking for up to six people or teams for each leg. Runners have until Sunday 22 April to sign up to take part at relaygb.

The west Scotland and the Highlands sections stretch from Glasgow out to Dumbarton, up to Loch Lomond, Crianlarich, Fort William and up to Drumnadrochit, through the Muir of Ord, Cannon Bridge and Dingwall up to Bonar Bridge, Lairg, Kilbreck, Loch Loyal and onto Tongue.

From there the route heads east on the A836 all the way to Thurso, Castletown and Kirkstyle, before heading south past Skirza to Wick and down to Bruan, Helmsdale and Golspie.

The route then continues south through Inverness, round to Aberdeen and down to Edinburgh before heading south into England.

The event, which is supported by adidas and AudioFuel, is taking place between 4 - 24 May 2012 and will attempt to break the current world record for long distance relay running, currently at 1,923 miles. 200 runners have signed up so far, but Scottish runners are needed to complete the route and make the event a success.

RelayGB organiser, John Stanford, said: “We’ve had a great response from runners around the UK who have signed up to take part in this exciting world record attempt. But we’ve need more Scottish runners to sign up to help make this world record a success - it only works if we complete the route around the coast of Britain. So why don’t you sign up today!”

The event is suitable for both casual women runners, who can share a 26 mile leg as a team, as well as sub-4 hour marathon runners who can run a leg individually. Corporate and running club entries are also welcome.

Once the route is completed and verified, everyone who runs will be able to say that they took part in a world record.

There is a £50 entry fee for individual runners and £80 for teams. Each runner will also be asked to raise a £1000 minimum sponsorship. The funds raised will go to Brain Tumour UK, the leading, caring charity committed to fighting brain tumours, which has just expanded it’s services into Scotland.

Visit relaygb now to sign up today.