This year we've given away £378,347 to your charities and good causes. Congratulations walkers and thanks to everyone who volunteered and all our sponsors too!
The full list of awards is available at https://keswick2barrow.co.uk/charity-awards
Results of our 2023 photo competition are now available at https://keswick2barrow.co.uk/2023-photo-competition-results. Congratulations to our 4 winners.
What a fab evening at 2023's awards night, thanks to everyone who attended and all the charities and good causes that shared how the money given away this year will be used to help our communities.
News & Press Releases
25th February 2021
Postponed 2020 Walk Update
Following the announcement earlier this week, the K2B Committee, re-confirmed the plan to hold the postponed 2020 Keswick and Coniston to Barrow Walks on the 18th September 2021. Team Coordinators will be able to review and update their teams following the Resolution Cup Challenge after which registration will re-open for any remaining places on the walks. That means there is still plenty of opportunity to join the walk and with 29 weeks to train, there's plenty of time to break in that new pair of trainers.
The Resolution Cup Challenge, for which the donations raised were distributed in November 2020, is planned to go ahead on the 8th May. The Challenge sees a team from the BAE Systems Barrow Shipyard pitted against a team of Royal Navy Submarine Crew to see can reach the finish line fastest.
You can find out more at the K2B FAQs page.
21st December 2020
2020/21 Walk Update
With 2020 drawing to a close and New Year's resolutions around the corner, the K2B Committee wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and advise of our plans for the next year.
The Committee plan to keep in close contact with local Councils and Cumbria Police to understand how things are changing and what we can achieve in terms of an event. We plan to make a firmer announcement in March for the year but would like to share the provisional stance.
While news of the vaccine being distributed is excellent news, we do not believe we will be able to hold a full event in May.
The 2020 postponed K2B and C2B walks are pencilled in for 18th September 2021. This will of course be subject to the guidelines at the time but we are hopeful that by this point the situation will be such that the walk can go ahead.
We plan to hold the Resolution Cup Challenge that was postponed in September 2020 prior to the full walk in September 2021 if circumstances allow.
All walkers already registered for the 2020 walk will remain so and teams will remain as is. We look to reopen registration in May which will allow team coordinators to modify their teams and if spaces are available new walkers to join.
25th November 2020
Distribution of Resolution Cup Funds
Due to the continued impact of Covid-19, the Resolution Challenge sponsored by BAE Systems that was due to take place in September 2020 has been postponed to May 2021.
The fund that had been set up to support 4 local charities: Bay Hospitals Charity, St Mary's Hospice, St John's Hospice and CancerCare was distributed on the 25th November with each of the charities recieving £3000.
We're aware of how vital funds are to charities in these challenging times so thank you too everyone who donated.
22nd September 2020
2020 Walk Postponement
It is with great regret that the K2B committee must postpone the Resolution Cup Challenge to take place on the 26th September to May 2021.
As we are all aware, the situation with Covid is worsening and as restrictions are tightening we believe it is inadvisable to run the event at this time even with the reduced numbers.
All the money that has been raised for the Resolution Cup this year will be presented by the end of this month. We don't want to delay getting these much needed funds to the charities nominated charities .
We thank everyone who has supported us this year and we are so disappointed that for the first time in K2B history we've been unable to put on a walk for the year.
With the situation as it still is, we have made the decision to further postpone the full walks for K2B and C2B until September 2021. Further details will be forthcoming.
3rd September 2020
Keswick to Barrow Walk Resolution Cup Charity Announcement
The Keswick to Barrow (K2B) 40 mile walk sponsored by BAE Systems has been running for over 50 years and in that time has raised several million pounds for charities and good causes. Due to the Covid pandemic neither the K2B or C2B will be running (or walking) in their normal format.
Instead, on the 26th September, to keep the challenge 'real', the original (and Covid safe) K2B challenge between a team from the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow and a team from the Royal Navy staff stationed in Barrow will be held – the Resolution Cup. Chair of the Committee, Craig Bland says “The blisters, sweat and tears of these 'heroes' keeps the K2B walk tradition going and offers an opportunity for us all to raise money and support a number of charities that desperately need and deserve support, particularly this year during these difficult times.”
In a normal year the Walk would give away around £350K to charities and good causes. Craig observes that “whilst it would be great to be in a position where we could still achieve this amount, realistically we know this will be a stretch but we are still committed to raising as much money as possible in these challenging times.”
This year’s Resolution Cup will focus on raising money for:
- Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity
- St Mary's Hospice (Ulverston)
- St John's Hospice (Lancaster)
- Cancercare (North Lancs and South Cumbria).
With the potential to support additional charities if over £75,000 is raised.
Donations can be made either by visiting the K2B website K2B Donate or by texting (K2B20 to 70970 to donate £5 or K2B20 to 70191 to donate £10).
31st July 2020
K2B’s Resolution Supports Local Charities in 2020
Due to the continued impact of Covid-19, this year’s Keswick to Barrow Walk sponsored by BAE Systems, is going back to it’s roots. The walk has successfully run every year for the past 53 years and, as with this year, that sometimes means being creative.
We want to honour the core of the Keswick to Barrow Walk. This means an event for local people raising money for local charities and good causes. The walk is one of the largest, local community events that raises money for charities and causes in the North West.
In 1967, the Barrow Shipyard first challenged the Royal Navy to walk from Keswick to Barrow. Every year since, the Shipyard and Navy have gone head to head to be the fastest team home and win the Resolution Cup.
This year, on the 26th September, to honour the founding of the Keswick to Barrow, the Committee will support last year’s Shipyard winners and the Navy as they re-enact the walk that started it all to raise monies that will be distributed to local charities and good causes that have been front and centre supporting local people through the impact of the Covid crisis*.
All monies currently raised will be deferred to next year, instead, a single 2020 fund will be started on the K2B page and via text. This fund will be shared out among the local charities and causes that have been impacted most by Covid 19*.
So please show your support for the walk and the local charities and good causes it supports and head to our webpage where you can find details of how to donate.
*A list of charities will be confirmed shortly