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The inaugural UK Ekiden successfully took place on 24th June 2024.

Check back here soon for updates, a photo gallery of year one, and launch of year two.

John Ridding, FT CEO, said: “The FT has been part of Nikkei Inc since 2015. In the spirit of cooperation and the success of our global alliance, we’re delighted to support this uniquely Japanese event as it debuts in the UK. It’s a wonderful opportunity to cement ties between our countries and cultures.”

Tsuyoshi Hasebe, President & CEO of Nikkei Inc., said: “The FT Nikkei UK Ekiden embodies the spirit of unity and shared success that characterises the close cooperation between Nikkei and the FT, and between Japan and the UK. It’s an honour for Nikkei to be a part of an historic event that will bridge distances through the universal language of sport.”

Race information

The race will start in Oxford and finish in Windsor, a beautiful 72 mile route along the Thames Path on Monday, 24th June, 2024. The inaugural UK Ekiden is a long distance relay as part of a team of 10 people, you will pass the traditional tasuki sash instead of a baton. The sash symbolises unity and togetherness, and becomes a focal part of the emotion and excitement.

Please register on this page to receive updates about the race and also for volunteer opportunities. We will be sending out email newsletters to all those registered.


Julia Longbottom CMG, Britain’s Ambassador to Japan: “We hope it will be something that will last long into the future and help deepen the ties between Japan and the UK.”

The route

Here’s our draft course map (subject to minor adjustments).


Run for a cause

With each step you take, you’ll be contributing towards a greater cause. The first year we will choose one Japanese and one British charity, as additional step to connect our nations.

Runners are also welcome to raise for their own chosen charities.

The UK Ekiden is a Community Interest Company, and each year we choose one Japanese and one British charity to support by donating a portion of any profit we make. For 2024 we are planning to donate to the Noto Peninsula reconstruction effort in Japan, and to a sport-related charity in the UK.

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Ready to take the challenge?

Registration for team places is now closed. Thank you for all the enthusiasm and interest. You can still sign up here for regular newsletters and information on how to volunteer on the day.

Watch this space for 2025!

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