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

Route Part 1 - Athens to Albania

As promised in my last post here is the first instalment of my planned route along with the link for the route on Strava. I have planned this with the aim of getting some easy kms completed and taking what looks like, from the map, to be a straightforward route. With this in mind, I decided to stay on roads for this section of the run and to try and avoid much elevation gain.

I will begin running from the Eleanos Refugee Camp, which is located near to the centre of Athens. Eleonas is a government-run camp, supervised by the Greek Migration Ministry, it was the first camp to open on mainland Greece in August 2015. The accommodation units are metallic containers which are generally considered to provide a better level of housing compared to other camps in Greece and elsewhere. The population currently stands at about 2300 people of various nationalities.

I will then head out of North West out of Athens towards the Skaramangas Camp. The Skaramangas camp near the port of Piraeus is currently housing approximately 2500 refugees and migrants from 28 countries. This will get me close to the coast, which I'm planning on following all the way up to Plo, via Corinth. During this stage of the run, I'll have to cross the Corinth Canal, which looks pretty stunning.

From Plo, I'm expecting to head almost straight North to Agrinio, then on to Arta. Until this point the route is almost flat, once I get to Arta this will all change as I head into more the more hilly areas of Northen Greece. I'm then planning on climbing slowing to Ioannina, before losing some height and climbing again towards a ridge which takes me all the way to the border with Albania at Kakavia.

If this is the final route through Greece the headline figures are 530km and a relatively small 5300 metres elevation gain, with the majority of this climbing coming in the last 130km. I am planning to 10 days to get to Albania. This means running about 50km day.

I have never visited Greece before and so I have and plotted this route using google maps. I have tried to stay on smaller roads to avoid the busy traffic. If you know Greece and have any suggestions or advice about this route or any accommodation recommendations, however, please do let me know by leaving a comment or by sending me an email. I would love to hear from you.

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