Climate Relay Engages Thousands During Election Campaign

Climate Relay Engages Thousands During Election Campaign

On 6 June, the third annual Running Out of Time Climate Relay began at the foot of Ben Nevis, embarking on a people-powered 2,436km journey through inspiring communities nationwide, concluding at Big Ben in Parliament Square, London on Election Day, 4 July.

This Relay is the nation’s only sporting event dedicated to climate, and this year’s event is the largest yet, coinciding with the general election campaign. The route consists of 210 stages and visits over 80 different climate and nature projects, sporting organisations and venues, as well as schools, events, and iconic locations. It combines a love of sport with a grand celebration of public campaigning and action for climate and nature.

The message carried in the relay baton calls on politicians from all parties to cut emissions, restore nature, and aid those most affected by climate change. Positive, people-powered, and non-party-political, the Relay is an inclusive celebration of the best campaigns and projects across major sports, communities, councils, businesses, the voluntary sector, and education. It includes visits to 50 schools, representing 20,000 students, and delivers a unique climate assembly created by the Relay’s educational partners.

Running Out of Time Co-Founders Dan Thompson and Jamie Hay say, “This year’s Relay is set to be the largest yet, with tens of thousands of people involved in the Relay stages and the places we visit. It is magical, inspirational, and epic, and we’d love people to join us as runners, cyclists, or supporters.

The Running Out of Time Relay is positive, people-powered, and non-party-political. It’s great that this year it coincides with the election campaign as we celebrate how people across different sports and communities are united in their concern about climate and nature and share stories about the action they are taking where they live. Working together we can highlight the benefits of strong action on climate and nature restoration – a strong economy with sustainable, affordable energy; clean air and clean water; food for all; and a natural world that can be enjoyed by future generations.”

For the first time on 21 June, the Relay will join the ‘Climate Stripes’ at Lords cricket ground. The Climate Stripes, created by the University of Reading to show the progressive heating of the planet, will be on display as the relay visits the home dressing room, the Long Room, Lords Pavilion, and the famous Lords media centre. This follows the projection of the stripes onto an iconic London building on the evening of 20 June.

The Relay continues to locations across England and Wales, celebrating climate action by sports organisations, universities, sustainable fashion groups, Surfers Against Sewage, and many others.

The Relay’s final day will be in London on 4 July, with a significant day of activity starting at Wembley Stadium with the Football Association, proceeding to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; the Line from the Orbit to Cody Dock; UEL Docks campus; paddle and wakeboarding with Wake Up Docklands; TfL cable car from the Docks to the O2; Greenwich Observatory, and Tower Bridge. The final leg will see runners arrive at Parliament Square in front of Big Ben for a group photo at exactly 20.30 to symbolise the goal of cutting emissions and achieving net zero by 2030. Organisers encourage individuals and families to join in wherever they are by enjoying a run, cycle, or walk to their local clock and sharing their 20.30 image online.

The general public can register to participate and pass the baton via

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to sign up for the relay route. Participants must maintain an average pace of 6 mins 15 secs per kilometre / 10 minutes per mile for the duration of a stage.