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The K2B Walk Committee is very grateful for the support provided by all of the companies and organisations featured on this page. Our principal, major, and walk title sponsors are as follows.

Principal Sponsor & K2B Title Sponsor ~ BAE Systems Submarines

BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines designs and builds world-class nuclear powered submarines. The company has a direct association with the walk’s founding and has provided enduring support. BAE Systems personnel play key roles in organising and running the walk. The company is represented at senior level on K2B/C2B walk day and at the charity awards night.

At BAE Systems Maritime we design and manufacture naval ships and submarines, as well as their combat systems and equipment. We also offer an array of associated services, including training solutions, maintenance and modernisation programmes to support ships and equipment in service around the world and management of supporting infrastructure.

C2B Title Sponsor ~ TBC


Major Sponsor ~ Rolls-Royce Marine

Rolls-Royce is a world-leader in nuclear submarine systems and support services incorporating design, procurement and operation. Rolls-Royce is a long standing supporter of the event, having entered teams from across the UK every year since the late 1960’s. Rolls-Royce sponsors the K2B in various ways, including provision of gazebos for walkers at Machells Coppice and at the finish, and event memorabilia such as the K2B lanyards and medals. The company is represented at senior level on K2B/C2B walk day and at the charity awards night.

As a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, we have established a strong position in global markets – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy and nuclear. Rolls-Royce is committed to the marine market and maintaining its world leading position in the design, development, supply and support of products and systems for commercial and naval customers worldwide.

Major Sponsor ~ Lockheed Martin UK

Lockheed Martin is a global security & information technology company. Lockheed Martin sponsors the walk-day arrangements at Machells Coppice, where hot and cold food and drinks are provided free of charge to all K2B and C2B participants. The company is represented at senior level on K2B/C2B walk day and at the charity awards night.

Lockheed Martin UK was established in 1999 and is comprised of six Business Units located across the UK:

  • Ampthill
  • Global Training and Logistics
  • Integrated Systems
  • Information Systems and Global Services Security
  • Information Systems and Global Services Civil
  • Strategic Systems

Major Sponsor ~ Kier Group 

A construction, services and property group active in building and civil engineering, support services, public and private housebuilding, land development and the Private Finance Initiative. Kier provide the K2B Committee with free loan of road safety and traffic management equipment for the walk, plus personnel to set up and dismantle traffic management systems at the Dunmail Raise.

Kier first provided support to the K2B in 2016, in the aftermath of Storm Desmond, when they were completing the rebuild of the A591 north of Dunmail Raise. Since then, Kier have been contracted by Highways England to provide routine and cyclic maintenance, defect repairs, emergency incident response, traffic management and severe weather services in Cumbria and North Lancashire.


Major Sponsor ~ Aczel

Aczel is a management consultancy that focuses on UK security and national prosperity; specialising in defence, aerospace, security, infrastructure and complex products. Aczel is delighted to be sponsoring the K2B this year.

Aczel’s deep sector expertise and proven methods help clients achieve significant, real, measurable results. Aczel tailors its services and approach to enable clients achieve lasting and sustainable results, faster.

Aczel has provided support and sponsorship to the K2B walk since 2022 and is excited to be supporting this event because it fosters community spirit, has such a positive impact on good causes and increases participants’ health.

Good luck!


Major Sponsor ~ MKM

MKM is the UK’s leading independent builder’s merchant, with branches across England, Scotland & Wales. Founded in 1995, we have branches across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom from Redruth to Elgin Norwich and Llandudno.

We have a different approach to business; each site is run independently by its Branch Directors and their hand-picked teams, supported by a Central Support office in Hull. Our branches benefit from the local knowledge and expertise of their outstanding teams to provide excellent service. By building relationships with customers, they have a true understanding of individual customer needs, and the flexibility to meet these.  

Each of our branches carries a wide range of building materials to keep your project on track, available for delivery to site or for customer collection. We also supply kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows and joinery, and landscaping products. Many branches have additional specialisms, whether that’s plumbing & heating, electrical, tool hire or timber cutting.  

We’re open to the trade and public, so whether you’re a trade looking for the best service locally, or you want kitchen inspiration, materials for your home extension or are starting a build then we’re here for you. There’s always a hot coffee, a warm welcome and a friendly face at MKM.



Co-sponsors may directly sponsor a checkpoint or a waterpoint, at which they are entitled to display their corporate logo. A co-sponsor may also provide goods or services that significantly benefit the event, such as managing the official K2B website or providing the walk-day timing system. Their corporate logo is displayed in event publicity materials, at the walk finish, and on the K2B website. Co-sponsors may use the K2B trademark and/or C2B logo in their marketing materials. They are invited to present medals to walkers finishing the event, and to attend a pre-awards reception and host a table at the charity awards night. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor.

Contributing Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors provide financial contributions that benefit the event. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a contributing sponsor.

Supporting Sponsors


Anixter is a global supplier of communications & security products, electrical & electronic wire & cable, fasteners & small components.


Saving you money every day. Supplier of K2B/C2B bottled water.

Barrow Borough Council

The council operates local government & provides community services including planning, environmental, housing & leisure.


Portable toilet units & shower facilities for all outdoor occasions. Subsidised provision of K2B/C2B mobile toilets.

Britannia Inn

The quintessential English Lake District Inn, nestled in Elterwater village within the Langdale Valley. Provision of services to the Elterwater checkpoint.

BTP Cumbria

Formed in 2004 to provide a quality training and assessment service for the construction industry.

Choose Cumbria

Find a career that inspires you in a place that excites you. Choose Cumbria - a fantastic place to live, work and play. Choose Cumbria contribute towards the upkeep of K2B gazebos.

Cumbria Police

Cumbria is the second largest county in England by area, and is one of the most sparsely populated. The style and approach of local policing is reflective of the environment. Cumbria Police provide the K2B Committee with safety advice and friendly walk-day policing.

Edmundson Electrical

Providing a wide range of electrical products & services to trade & industry. Sponsor of all K2B/C2B fruit for checkpoints.

Enterprise rent-a-car

The nice people at Enterprise rent us the vans for setting up and dismantling the walk infrastructure at a very reasonable rate. They even provide one of the vans free of charge.

Forestry Commission

The government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodlands. Provision of access to land free of charge.

Furness Park Group

Used car dealership that has remained a local family-owned business since Alan Stoker opened its doors on Abbey Road, Barrow in 1966.

Grand at Grasmere

Just two minutes' stroll from the centre of Grasmere, yet set in quiet seclusion. Provision of services to the Grasmere checkpoint.

Handmark Engineering

Precision machining, turning, milling, steel fabrication, shot blasting, welding, CAD & site services.

Holiday Inn

No more than a 1 minute walk from the entrance of the hotel and you could be experiencing some of the most fantastic live performances at The Forum Theatre.

J F Hornby & Co

One of the leading independent firms of chartered accountants in Cumbria. Auditor of the K2B accounts.

Lake District National Park

The Park Authority looks after this unique area, encouraging people to enjoy its beauty, and helping those who live & work there. Please note that you MUST pay to park in LDNP car parks on walk day.

Leck Construction

Barrow's largest building construction contractor.

LMR Creative

Specialists in all design and print processes

National Trust

With hundreds of places to visit, you're never more than 40 minutes away from a great day out. Permission to use National Trust land free of charge.

Neil McDougall Catering

Outside show and event catering. Subsidised catering at Machell's Coppice.

North West Evening Mail

Furness area's daily newspaper, covering news, sports, jobs, classifieds, & property.


Manufacturer of high-performance kiting & paragliding equipment. Free use of Rigg Wood, Coniston.

Red Lion Inn

A small country inn with beautiful views, close to the southern end of Coniston Water. Provision of services to the Lowick checkpoint.

South Lakeland District Council

South Lakeland District Council was formed in 1974 and is one of six district authorities in Cumbria. Free use of Grasmere Red Bank car park for Checkpoint 1.


UK's largest provider of hire equipment. Supplier of mobile generators & other equipment for the walk.

United Utilities

Provider of water and sewage services to around 7 million people in North West England. Provision of access to land at the side of Thirlmere free of charge.

Water Park Adventure Centre

Residential outdoor education centre next to Coniston Water. Available to groups of young people, corporate clients, and offering National Governing Body awards. Provision of services to the Water Park checkpoint.

Supporting Sponsors provide non-financial contributions, such as services or materials, that benefit the event.