Can you run around the globe on New Year's Eve?

Mollie Mcguigan
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Photo credit: Benedict Tufnell/ Ultra X
Photo credit: Benedict Tufnell/ Ultra X

From Runner's World

A new virtual race will see runners complete a collective circumference of the globe on New Year’s Eve to raise money for prostate cancer research.

Run Around The World With Kev is organised by multi-day ultramarathon series Ultra X and Surrey-based ultra runner Kevin Webber, who was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in 2014.

Entrants have from 10am GMT on 30 December until 12pm GMT on 1 January to complete the 24,901-mile distance. The extended time takes into account the first place on earth that New Year’s Eve begins (Samoa) and the last place it hits (Baker Islands in the Pacific).

Webber, 55, was told he had two years to live after being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in 2014. One in eight men get prostate cancer in the UK and a man dies every 45 minutes, making it the most common cancer in men. Six years on from his diagnosis, Webber has run several long distance races including the Wadi Rum Ultra, the Marathon des Sables four times and the 6633 Arctic Ultra twice to raise awareness of prostate cancer and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, which funds research in the cancer and offers support to patients.

Photo credit: Benedict Tufnell/ Ultra X
Photo credit: Benedict Tufnell/ Ultra X

Run Around The World With Kev costs £5 to enter and all proceeds go to Prostate Cancer UK. Entrants will receive an email 24 hours before the start telling them how many miles they need to run to reach the target. Runners can log their mileage through Ultra X’s Challenge Platform, or manually upload their mileage.

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