Kenya Peace Torch Relay

A thousand kilometres: ten 10km runs every day for ten days
A thousand relay runners: ten runners for each 10km segment
Two World record-breakers: Rob Young and Adam Holland will run with all of you – completing the whole 1000km

Snaking 1,000km around the UK this July through some of the country’s biggest cities – from London to Leeds to Liverpool to Bristol and back – The Kenya Peace Torch Relay will raise funds to help the Aegis Trust establish a school for peace in Northern Kenya, bringing young people together and uniting communities in a region where ethnic violence has left hundreds of people dead and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.

What’s involved?

As a participant in the relay, you will be one of ten runners helping World record-breaking athletes Rob Young (‘Marathon Man UK’) and Adam ‘Tango’ Holland to carry the Kenya Peace Torch ten kilometres – completing one of the Relay’s 100 segments.

On payment of the £25 registration fee, participants receive a ‘Kenya Peace Torch Relay 2016’ T-shirt, a torchbearer wristband, and a digital fundraising pack. You’ll need to raise at least £100 in sponsorship – but don’t worry, our pack will help you with that!

The Kenya Peace Torch Relay will raise funds to help the Aegis Trust establish a school for peace in Northern Kenya, bringing young people together and uniting communities in a region where ethnic violence has left hundreds of people dead and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.

The Route

Route details given below for each day of the 1000km relay are currently approximate and indicative only – providing an idea of what towns and cities will be included. More precise routing for each day’s ten 10km running segments will be provided in due course.

Is your school on our near our route?

If so, the athletes may be able to pay an inspirational visit to your students! Contact us for details.

DAY ONE

London to Northampton (100km)
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DAY TWO

Northampton to Nottingham (100km)
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DAY THREE

Newark to Barnsley (100km)
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DAY FOUR

Leeds to Huddersfield (40km)
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Oldham to St Helens (60km)
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DAY FIVE

Liverpool loop (100km)
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DAY SIX

Crewe to Birmingham (100km)
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DAY SEVEN

Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon (60km)
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Worcester to Gloucester (40km)
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DAY EIGHT

Gloucester to Royal Wootton Bassett (60km)
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Bristol run: Emerson’s Green to Clevedon (40km)
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DAY NINE

Bristol to Chippenham (40km)
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Swindon to Oxford (60km)
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DAY TEN

Oxford to Hyde Park, London (100km)
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The Torch

The Kenya Peace Torch began its journey in Kenya’s North Rift Valley last year. Some of Kenya’s top athletes – including Wilson Kipsang, Tegla Loroupe and Ezekiel Kemboi – carried it five hundred miles through conflict-affected areas. The response was incredible.

British World record-breakers Adam Holland and Rob Young (Marathon Man UK) then carried the torch 2,200 miles around the UK in 25 days. Starting at the Great North Run, they finished at the Kenya High Commission in London.

Then from the Chicago Marathon, Alex Ramsey and Pat Sweeney – two of America’s top ultra-runners – ran 850 miles with the torch to New York. At Kenya’s Embassy to the United Nations, they returned it to Wilson Kipsang, who helped launch the relay in Kenya.

This torch has travelled over 3,500 miles in the hands of champions. Sign up to join the relay today, and – together with the possibility of real peace for Kenya’s Rift Valley – it will be in YOUR hands.

The Atheletes

No challenge is too big for Adam ‘Tango’ Holland, or for ‘Marathon Man UK’ Rob Young, two of the UK’s most inspirational athletes. Having led the British leg of our global torch relay last year, covering more than 2,000 miles in 25 days, this year they’re back for more – and looking forward to you joining them!

A previous World record holder for the fastest ten marathons in ten days, Holland’s quirkiest claim to fame is his 2014 win in a 10-mile man v horse race through moorland and bridleways near Tavistock, Devon, where he grew up – though he’s now based in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Londoner Rob Young – nick-named ‘Marathon Man UK’ – holds the World record for the most marathons in a year (370) and in 2015 completed the longest ever run without sleep (over 373 miles).

The pair are passionate about the opportunity this relay presents to make a difference to the future of young people in northern Kenya, whose lives have been torn apart by ethnic violence.

“We’re carrying this torch not only as individuals but it’s about uniting people,” says Rob. “If we can do that together we are going to create something life-changing.”

Bag your slot on the 2016 Kenya Peace Torch Relay now to join the pair for a day you’ll never forget.

Why Now?

A growing wave of ethnic violence in Kenya’s North Rift Valley, often centred around cattle-rustling, has left over 600 people dead and driven more than 435,000 from their homes since the start of 2014, according to UN figures. Without urgent steps to bring divided communities together and build peace, the violence could worsen – driving more people to flee their land.

The good news; there’s a real appetite for an end to the killing. People from all sides joined in dialogue and in the torch relay as it wound its way through the Rift Valley in July and August 2015.

For the sake of young people like ten-year-old Horizon, orphaned by cattle rustlers (see video), this hope needs to be built upon fast. His future, and that of so many more like him, hangs in the balance. Together, we could make all the difference.

Peace education breaks cycles of violence by teaching values of tolerance, forgiveness, unity and co-existence in conflicted communities. And it works. As highlighted in the video (left), Aegis has established a successful model for peace-building in Rwanda and is being asked to help in Kenya. By taking part in the Kenya Peace Torch Relay, you will enable it to do so.