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may, 2024

2024sat18mayAll Daysun19Green Belt Relay(All Day) VariousGender:OpenAge:OpenTerrain:MixedDistance:Various

Time

may 18 (Saturday) - 19 (Sunday)

Location

Various

How to Enter

Limited to 33 runners (3 relay teams of 11). To register your interest, contact ranelaghgbr@gmail.com

Distance

Various

Event Details

The Green Belt Relay is a not-for-profit annual running relay organised by The Stragglers running club, and all surplus funds from the race are donated to charity (most recently the Marie Curie charity). The race is a 22-stage running relay around 220 miles of the Green Belt around the outside of London over a single weekend. The course mainly follow footpaths, towpaths or minor roads.

The race takes place in May each year, starting at Hampton Court, Saturday 8.30am and ending in the nearby Bushy Park Sports Centre on Sunday at about 6pm. It is organised by The Stragglers running club, has been going since 1995, and involves around 50 teams. Runners form teams of 11 people, and each runner runs one stage each day. Although the race is a relay, each stage starts at a fixed time. This allows each stage to be a competitive race in its own right, and also allows teams of all different standards to stay roughly together as they advance along the route.

Course

It starts at 8:30 on Saturday morning, going on to stop at around 7:30pm at the end of stage 11 in Blackmore, Essex. It resumes at 8am Sunday, and finishes at around 6:30pm Sunday. Exact start times for each stage are listed on the course details page. The course weaves its way around the villages, rivers and paths of London’s green belt, starting at Hampton Court Palace and ending with a barbecue and prizegiving nearby at our club headquarters in Kingston.

Prizes

Various prizes are on offer, and there is quite intense competition for the honour of winning stages, setting stage records, and competing for the team events, ranging from the “Green Belt” (fastest team) to the much-coveted “Toilet Seat” awarded to the slowest team to compete the full course.

The race also raises money for various charities, both from individual teams and from surplus funds.

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