A group of Black Lives Matter supporters are to run the Preston Guild Wheel to raise awareness and show solidarity for the cause.Advertisement
The idea for the socially-distanced run came from Preston friends Helen Greenhalgh and Glynis Leo.
Helen said: “I was discussing what was in the media with Glynis, who grew up in South Africa, and we felt we wanted to do something.
“We met through our mutual love of running, so when it came to what we could do at a local level, it had to be running related. I suggested running the Guild Wheel wearing Black Lives Matter signs, and then we decided to see if anyone else wanted to do it.
“Seeing recent events and learning more about the past, it dawned on me that it is not enough to just not be racist.
“Previously I’d have thought, ‘yes that’s a dreadful thing that happened but it’s not my place to say anything’. Now, I believe it’s all of our place to show solidarity and strive for equality.
“We need to stand up and speak up when we see or hear black people being treated unfairly. We can all play our part in bringing about change.”
Glynis said: “Seeing my white friends show solidarity means so much, and to hear people who have not been affected themselves say ‘enough is enough’ is particularly profound.”
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So far about 30 people are due to take part in the event, with some choosing to walk or cycle rather than run, and some doing a section of the Wheel.
Helen said: “Anyone taking part must maintain social distancing, and must not run or cycle in groups. This is not only due to Covid-19, but also to be respectful of other path and road users.”
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The event is taking place throughout the day on Saturday 13 June. While people can start from any point on the Wheel, at any time, a group will be setting off clockwise from the 0 mile marker in Avenham Park at 8am.
Anyone thinking of joining is encouraged to wear a t-shirt or carry a sign displaying Black Lives Matter. As it isn’t an organised event, people taking part should take their own drinks and snacks.
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