From COP26 to COP27 via Wiltshire

By Ben Carey on 16 September, 2022

The Running Out of Time relay, run in the name of climate action, will pass through Wiltshire in October. 

The world’s longest, non-stop relay will see thousands of runners completing stages of a record-breaking effort to pass a baton 7,767km.

It will travel through 18 countries and will contain a climate message from young people to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27.

The mass participation event takes place over 38 days, starting in Glasgow and finishing in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – COP27’s host city.

It will pass through Wiltshire on Friday 7th October via Box, Chippenham, Calne, Avebury, Marlborough and Ramsbury.

Along the UK section of the route, the charity Carbon Copy will be throwing the spotlight onto 27 innovative projects showing how the innovation, collaboration and determination shown by community and local groups is already tackling the climate & biodiversity crises and building resilient communities.

The relay route is passing through Wiltshire in acknowledgment of the work of Marlborough Community Fridge, which redistributes fresh, good quality food that might otherwise end up in the bin.

Countries on the route include Scotland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt.

The baton’s arrival in Sharm el-Sheikh will be on 5th November in time for COP27 which will take place from 6th-18th November 2022.

Runners, from children to Presidents, have signed up to carry the baton in 5-10km stages of the route which crosses mountain ranges, glaciers, deserts, villages, towns and capital cities. It will visit hundreds of schools, at-risk locations and climate change projects to inspire and champion local climate action.

At the same time, runners will be fundraising for the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Global Forest Fund and Carbon Copy – a charity seeking to promote local action on climate change.

Ric Casale, Co-Founder of Carbon Copy, said, “The relay is so symbolic of the ambition and collaboration we wish to see at COP27, and that we already see in the people working together locally to address the biodiversity and climate crises. This relay will also be a common thread that links thousands of inspiring climate action stories, showcasing leadership at all levels and encouraging more people to join in by doing something similar. Collective local climate action is having an impact globally, and we look forward to taking these stories to COP27 and sharing them with governments from around the world.”