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Running Out of Time is organised by The World Relay Ltd. We're an award-winning, multidisciplinary, team based in the UK with a passion for creating innovative events. To date, we’ve had over 200,000 runners participate in our relays, reached over 100 million people on social media and raised over £1,000,000 for charity. Discover our most recent event - Running Out of Time 2022

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Say ‘hi’ to our crew, we’re a friendly bunch!

We try to create a bit of good on this incredible planet. Things might be a bit rough around the edges but those are often the things we love the most!

Director

Dan Thompson

Dan was the founder and Chair of Gold Challenge, which launched in late 2010 and ran an Olympic and Paralympic inspired challenge in the run up to London 2012. Gold Challenge partnered with the British Olympic Association, Team GB, Paralympics GB and Sport England and was part of the official London 2012 mass participation legacy programme. Gold Challenge also worked closely with LOCOG and hosted one of the pre-Games test events in the Olympic Stadium. More than 200 schools and 100 corporates took part and in excess of £1.5 million was raised for Gold Challenge’s 150 charity partners. 

Dan has launched a personal challenge title, Run the World. This started as a challenge to run 10km in all 206 countries in the world and raise funds for Cancer Research. It grew to encompass school talks around the world, built relationships with local running groups, charities and NGOs, and the creation of the Run the World Fund.

In business, Dan was a successful executive, investor and adviser in the music, computer and video games, and internet sectors.

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Co-founder & Director

Dan Thompson

In 2014 I started a challenge to run 10km in every country in the world (to fundraise for Cancer Research). Long journey but this led to me working with this amazing team on this extraordinary project. Love One Run!

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Head of Logistics

Lauren Wigham

Born and bred in the fells of Cumbria, Lauren spends most of her time outdoors. For work, she is as an Instructor at The Outward Bound Trust and climbs, bikes and runs in her free time. 

After studying a Geography degree, she worked in the sustainability and environmental communications sector before moving to Canada to work. 

Lauren is in charge of event logistics, making sure each stage runs smoothly and is passionate about championing the fantastic climate projects on route. 

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Head of Logistics

Lauren Wigham

Born and bred in the fells of Cumbria, Lauren spends most of her time outdoors. For work, she is as an Instructor at The Outward Bound Trust and climbs, bikes and runs in her free time. 

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Head of Photography & Film

Mike Brogden

In his down time Mike is always looking for adventure in the outdoors, feeling completely at home in the wilderness. He is a volunteer for the Kendal Mountain Rescue Team, as well as being a keen mountaineer, climber, mountain biker and loves being on or in the water, or simply roaming around the hills. 

Mike enjoys being in woodlands, camping and watching wildlife in its natural habitat. He has always had a desire to protect our environment and all that’s in it, especially at this critical time.

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Head of Photography & Film

Mike Brogden

In his down time Mike is always looking for adventure in the outdoors, feeling completely at home in the wilderness. He is a volunteer for the Kendal Mountain Rescue Team, as well as being a keen mountaineer, climber, mountain biker and loves being on or in the water, or simply roaming around the hills. 

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Head of Content

Sophie Done

A Lake District based adventurer who loves the outdoors. You will usually find me road tripping around the UK in my little campervan on the hunt for some epic hikes and great trails to be enjoyed on the mountain bike. 

After gaining a photography degree I have used this to capture my travels around the world all the while gaining a huge respect and gratitude for this fantastic planet. 

Therefore bringing me to join the support team for the Running Out of Time Relay in hope I can help impact spreading the word about climate change.

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Head of Content

Sophie Done

A Lake District based adventurer who loves the outdoors. You will usually find me road tripping around the UK in my little campervan on the hunt for some epic hikes and great trails to be enjoyed on the mountain bike. 

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Co-founder

Jamie Hay

Jamie has a successful track record in special events, campaigns and appeals, and design. Alongside Danny, he was named as one of Runner's World 'Heroes of Running' for his involvement in organising One Run For Boston - the first ever non-stop running relay across the USA.

He has delivered on international events, involving NGO’s, Governments, global corporations and high profile celebrities. He has a passion for work that helps to deliver meaningful change people’s lives. 

Jamie has held several Director level roles within international development organisations and is responsible for the general management of The World Relay Ltd.

Co-founder & Director

Jamie Hay

Jamie has a successful track record in special events, campaigns and appeals, and design. Alongside Danny, he was named as one of Runner's World 'Heroes of Running' for his involvement in organising One Run For Boston - the first ever non-stop running relay across the USA.

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Programme Coodinator

Zach Lubin

Zach is from Los Angeles and moved to the UK in 2019 for university. After writing his dissertation on North Korea's governmental response to climate change, he will be graduating from the University of Glasgow in June with an MA in International Relations. 

Now, he is eager to join climate action projects, both here with Running Out of Time and as he starts his professional career. He also plays football (right and left back) for UofG in the West of Scotland Football League and hopes to continue playing wherever he ends up next year.

Programme Coodinator

Zach Lubin

Zach is from Los Angeles and moved to the UK in 2019 for university. After writing his dissertation on North Korea's governmental response to climate change, he will be graduating from the University of Glasgow in June with an MA in International Relations. 

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Schools Coordinator

Lauren Brown

Lauren has worked with young people from all over the world, discovering ways to make engagement with our environment a more positive and interesting experience for students. Lauren leads on our Schools Action Day and wider schools programme. 

"If there’s one thing I’ve learnt as a teacher, it’s that students always have an answer! So, let’s give them a chance to solve climate change."

Schools Coordinator

Lauren Brown

Lauren has worked with young people from all over the world, discovering ways to make engagement with our environment a more positive and interesting experience for students. Lauren leads on our Schools Action Day and wider schools programme. 

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Operations Director

Hetty Kingston

Hetty is an experienced Operations Director, having delivered multiple events for The World Relay Ltd. as well as the Women’s Trad Festival. 

Hetty is in charge of event logistics, including route planning. With exceptional organisational skills and an eye for detail, she excels in bringing together the planning for our events. 

When not working, Hetty can typically be found running up hills, jumping in cold rivers, falling off her bike or faffing around with climbing gear!

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Operations Director

Hetty Key

Hetty is passionate about positive change and helping as many people as possible get outside and moving. She’s in charge of logistics. Luckily she loves a spreadsheet & has an eye for detail. Her time spent organising events & researching adventure sports stand her in good stead for the job at hand.

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A relay is the perfect symbol of unity, co-operation and friendship. It connects people and shows what can be done when we work together. It celebrates diversity and inclusivity. Promotes the benefits and joys of running and exercise. And raise funds for great causes.

We offer a suite of white label relay services to a wide range of sectors. 

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Eco-Friendliness

Our carbon footprint pledge ♻️

We are passionate about ensuring that this relay, and all the good it aims to achieve, does not come at the expense of this tiny blue dot we call home. Our baton will be made from recycled materials, our support crew will not fly, no event merchandise is being produced, event signage will be kept to a minimum, and we’ll regularly be encouraging our participants to take up plogging (the art of picking up rubbish whilst jogging) during their training runs.

However, we know we are not perfect and we’re always up for hearing about ways to improve!

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