Run The World : UK Tour


I was in a meeting with Denise ‘Da Bees Knees’ and we were discussing how we could increase Run the World’s impact. In particular, how we could increase fundraising, do more talks, get more people running and generally promote the RTW message (‘Get out there ; be active ; live healthily. It’s good for you and you’ll enjoy it!’)

Denise turned to me and said, “Perhaps you should do some more runs in the UK?”

Hmm…more runs…just what I need…

We mused and mulled and consulted. We thought about the logistical and physical demands of more runs. We cogitated some more. Are there enough hours in the day? Will anyone be interested? I am truly, truly sick of all the travel – could I bear to spend time waiting for mysteriously cancelled trains and stuck in endless motorway tailbacks?

In the end we decided to go for it. I’ll be doing 45 runs in the UK’s biggest built-up areas (please see below for more detail.)

That will take my global total to 250 runs. Which is equivalent to running 2 500 000 metres. That’s a metre for every cancer sufferer in the UK.

The first runs will be in the North-East (Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle) in the w/c May 22nd  with the Newcastle run planned for Saturday May 26th. Please get in touch if you can join any of the runs – or you have any local friends and contacts.

If the North-East is a success, we’ll raise lots of money for cancer research, help encourage people to be more active – and end up with a good night out in Newcastle at the end of it all.

If it’s not a success, I may have to go into embarrassed hiding. And you wouldn’t – I hope – want that!

Please like Run the World on Facebook to receive dates and updates about the UK runs. And please contact us at if you’d like to join, or support in any way, one of the runs. Thank you!

1 Greater London Built-up Area 9,787,426 1,737.9 5,630 London BoroughsHemel HempsteadWatfordWokingHarlowSt AlbansBracknell
2 Greater Manchester Built-up Area 2,553,379 630.3 4,051 ManchesterSalfordBoltonStockportOldhamRochdaleBuryTraffordTameside
3 West Midlands Built-up Area 2,440,986 598.9 4,076 BirminghamWolverhamptonWest BromwichDudleyWalsallSolihull
4 West Yorkshire Built-up Area 1,777,934 487.8 3,645 LeedsBradfordWakefieldHuddersfieldDewsburyKeighleyHalifax
5 Greater Glasgow Built-up Area 1,209,143 368.5 3,390 GlasgowPaisleyClydebank
6 Liverpool Built-up Area 864,122 199.6 4,329 LiverpoolBootleLitherlandCrosbyPrescotSt. HelensAshton-in-Makerfield
7 South Hampshire Built-up Area 855,569 192.0 4,455 SouthamptonPortsmouthEastleighGosportFarehamHavantHorndean
8 Tyneside Built-up Area 774,891 180.5 4,292 Newcastle upon TyneGatesheadSouth ShieldsTynemouthWallsendWhitley BayJarrow
9 Nottingham Built-up Area 729,977 176.4 4,139 NottinghamBeestonCarltonWest BridgfordIlkestonHucknall
10 Sheffield Built-up Area 685,368 167.5 4,092 SheffieldRotherhamRawmarsh
11 Bristol Built-up Area 617,280 144.4 4,274 BristolFiltonPillFrampton CotterellKingswoodWarmleyMangotsfieldWinterbourne
12 Belfast Urban Area 595,879 BelfastCastlereaghGreenislandHolywoodLisburnNewtownabbeyMilltown
13 Leicester Built-up area 508,916 109.4 4,653 LeicesterWigstonOadbySystonBlabyBirstallNarboroughEnderby
14 Edinburgh 482,005
15 Brighton and Hove Built-up area 474,485 89.4 5,304 Brighton and HoveWorthingLittlehamptonShoreham-by-Sea
16 Bournemouth/Poole Built-up area 466,266 131.0 3,559 BournemouthPooleChristchurchFerndownNew MiltonWimborne Minster
17 Cardiff Built-up area 447,287 102.3 4,370 CardiffCaerphillyPenarthPontypridd
18 Teesside Built-up area 376,633 108.2 3,482 MiddlesbroughStockton-On-TeesBillinghamRedcar
19 Stoke-on-Trent Built-up area 372,775 103.9 3,588 Stoke-on-TrentNewcastle-under-LymeKidsgrove
20 Coventry Built-up area 359,262 81.3 4,420 CoventryBedworth
21 Sunderland Built-up area 335,415 83.5 4,018 SunderlandWashingtonChester-Le-StreetHetton-le-HoleHoughton-le-Spring
22 Birkenhead Built-up area 325,264 88.2 3,687 BirkenheadWallaseyEllesmere PortBebington
23 Reading Built-up area 318,014 83.7 3,800 ReadingWokinghamWoodleyCrowthorne
24 Kingston upon HullBuilt-up area 314,018 82.6 3,802 Kingston upon HullCottinghamHessle
25 Preston Built-up area 313,322 82.4 3,802 PrestonBamber BridgeChorleyFulwoodLeyland
26 Newport Built-up area 306,844 84.2 3,643 NewportPontypoolCwmbranBlackwoodRiscaYstrad Mynach
27 Swansea Built-up area 300,352 87.6 3,431 SwanseaNeathPort TalbotYstradgynlaisPontardawe
28 Southend-on-Sea Built-up area 295,310 71.8 4,111 Southend-on-SeaHullbridgeRayleighRochford
29 Derby Built-up area 270,468 64.1 4,219 DerbyBorrowashDuffield
30 Plymouth Built-up area 260,203 59.7 4,356 PlymouthPlymstockPlympton
31 Luton Built-up area 258,018 50.7 5,088 LutonDunstableHoughton Regis
32 Farnborough/Aldershot Built-up area 252,397 78.5 3,217 FarnboroughAldershotCamberleyFarnhamFrimleySandhurstYateley
33 Medway Towns Built-up area 243,931 52.2 4,677 GillinghamChathamRochester
34 Blackpool Built-up area 239,409 61.3 3,908 BlackpoolLytham St AnnesPoulton-le-FyldeThorntonCleveleys
35 Milton Keynes Built-up area 229,941 62.5 3,678 ‘Milton Keynes’,[b] BletchleyNewport PagnellWoburn Sands
36 Barnsley/Dearne Valley Built-up area 223,281 59.7 3,739 BarnsleyWath upon DearneWombwellHoyland
37 Northampton Built-up area 215,963 57.9 3,731 NorthamptonCollingtree
38 Norwich Built-up area 213,166 61.9 3,444 NorwichTaverhamCostesseyCringlefordColneyHorsham St Faith, Queens Hills, Thorpe End, Trowse with Newton
39 Aberdeen 207,932
40 Swindon Built-up area 185,609 47.1 3,945 SwindonHaydon WickStratton St. MargaretBroad BlunsdonBlunsdon St AndrewWroughton
41 Crawley Built-up area 180,508 58.1 3,107 CrawleyHorleyEast GrinsteadCopthorneCrawley Down
42 Ipswich Built-up area 178,835 49.1 3,639 IpswichKesgraveWoodbridge
43 Wigan Built-up area 175,405 43.8 4,009 WiganSkelmersdaleStandishInce-in-Makerfield
44 Mansfield Built-up area 171,958 48.4 3,556 MansfieldSutton-in-AshfieldKirkby-in-AshfieldMansfield Woodhouse
45 Oxford Built-up area 171,380 37.4 4,585 OxfordKenningtonWheatley



About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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3 Responses to Run The World : UK Tour

  1. David Alexander says:


    Let me know when you plan to be in Scotland.

    David Alexander

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  2. tanithcarey says:

    Wow. Boundless energy!! Have shared

  3. Sandy Barblett says:

    Righto Dan

    Once you got a date for the Crawley run then let me know as will round up some folk



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