18 July 2012
Last updated at 06:16
Mark Dalton meets the CHICKS charity bear on the Tamar Bridge between Cornwall and Devon on day one of the Real Relay. More than £10,000 will have been raised for the charity by the end of the event.
Ian Corless and Emma Kelty, who were among the runners to take on "epic" stages, on the summit of Snowdon.
Some of the 672 stages involved coastal paths and beaches - here Peter Clothier hands the baton to a group of female runners on Chesil Beach, Portland, Dorset.
This team of runners in Northampton, led by Israel Archuletta (centre), worked together to pick up the pace and make up for lost time when the relay was delayed by two hours in monsoon conditions.
Tony "The Fridge" Phoenix-Morrison, who fixed the 40kg appliance to his back with strapping originally used to carry ammunition in the Falklands War, with Stuart Henderson who ran the stage before him.
Tom Jones, a runner from Devon, drove six hours to run a stage in a remote part of Wales in the middle of the night when no other local runner could be found.
Jamie Williams and Langley Willis hold the baton high at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland during a changeover.
Pupils at Rufforth School in York made Olympic torches and laurel headdresses ahead of a visit by one of the runners.
Lloyd Morgan ditched his running gear and dressed as Star Wars character Darth Vader for his arrival in Wales.
Lynn Humpleby, one of more than 2,000 runners who took on a section of the relay, with the baton at dawn on Scarborough beach.