Running across Europe to end the exploitation of Refugees starting in May 2020 in aid of


Run to Refuge is a 2000 mile run from Greece to London to raise awareness of the needs of the most vulnerable people in society including refugees and survivors of exploitation and modern slavery. By making the journey across Europe on foot I will experience some of the challenges that refugees experience and highlight how the right of asylum is fundamental to a compassionate society.


Run to refuge is raising money for the Tribe Freedom Foundation to support their aim of ending modern slavery.


If you would like to donate to the cause please head over to JustGiving and let's end modern slavery together.


If you would like to consider joining me for part of or all of the run to run or be part of the support crew, I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch using the form below.


I am also hoping to find people who might be able to provide some support along the way, perhaps with driving a support vehicle, providing accommodation or even some financial assistance. If you think you can help at all please do get in touch. Any support would be very gratefully received. 


Thanks so much 



  • Tom Crossland


Feeling much better after my head-cold last week, so not a lot of training has happened last week, right up until Saturday.

This is why I am taking the opportunity this week to talk about recovery and self-compassion. Great coaches such as mine (a massive Thanks to Coach Rob Wilby), continually tell us that it is essential to listen to our bodies and take rest when needed; especially when you have additional ailments.  So why is it then, when our bodies and our coaches know better, we do not accept that taking time for ourselves is acceptable. For me, personally, I get anxiety and worry about what I am missing, what I could be doing other than taking time to recover. I constantly think about how I could strive for better and how I can better push the limits.

In order to recover fully, I believe that acceptance is an important skill for ultra-endurance athletes to cultivate.  There will be times during training and racing when things are not going your way and the first go-to for most is to beat yourself up and push through.  However, I believe that this is the point that we should think about what the Dalai Lama says about worrying, and what he feels is the connection between action and acceptance:

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry.  If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying what-so-ever”

So, in light of recovery and acceptance I took most of the week off last week but took the weekend to ease myself back into training and back to the light of day; just taking time to run without goal or aim, but for the love of it.

On Sunday, I spent the day training with an awesome group from the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh participants, working on our map and navigation skills. We are still looking for some people to assist us with crewing for Run to Refuge.  Dates we are most interested in covering are the 18 May until the 6 of June. We hope you can help, if so please fill in the form on our website

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