Some top-quality long distance runners will pass through Cumbria this weekend as part of Run Britannia.

Twenty five runners will pass through Penrith and Carlisle on June 21 and 22 as part of the Run Britannia adventure, a bespoke, fully supported route that starts at Land’s End and ends at John O’Groats, taking you on a stunning 1000-mile, 70,000 ft elevation adventure that spans the entire length of the nation.

Envisioned by Rat Race, one of the leading adventure trip and event companies in the expedition industry, Run Britannia is better known as the holy grail of UK adventure.

The 37-day journey allows you to take in the most beautiful trails across three countries in the UK, standing out as the most specific route available with around 200 miles more trail compared to traditional routes. 

Major sections include some of Britain’s most famous long-distance paths including: the Southwest Coast Path, Wye Valley Walk, Offa’s Dyke and Clyde Walkway. 

Designed by runners for runners, the route is largely off-road, avoiding main roads, allowing runners to witness ever-changing landscapes and some of Britain's most famous landmarks.

Accommodation, meals, guides and support (including professional support vehicles, safety staff, an Event Doctor and welfare plus daily massage and physio support) are all provided. 

The Run Britannia trip leader James Campbell, who designed and first completed the Run Britannia route in 2021, said: “Having worked in the sports event industry for a long time, I wanted to help create an adventure that was challenging, expertly supported and breathtakingly beautiful all at once, which we’ve achieved with Run Britannia.

"Witnessing the runners’ sense of achievement completing a trip of a lifetime is worth the hard work."

Jim Mee, founder of Rat Race, added: “Run Britannia is definitely one of the most exciting events in our event calendar. I have worked to create and deliver over 500 events during my 25 years+ working in the adventure travel industry, and this trip is absolutely a highlight."

Entries are now open for the 2025 Run Britannia adventure from May 30 to July 5. Visit to find out more.