WIBN member Louise Mercieca is helping to organise a huge running relay around the UK and needs your support to spread the word!
The Kenya Peace Torch Relay takes place in the UK over a period of ten days, from 21st – 30th October 2016. It will cover 1,000 kilometres over a period of ten days, from 21st – 30th October 2016.
The UK mission is led by top endurance athletes Adam Holland and Rob Young, who ran with the same torch 2,200 miles around the UK last year.
This year, each day the torch will be carried over ten 10k segments, each with a team of ten runners. So there are one thousand places are available to get involved over the ten-day relay.
The route snakes through major English cities, including London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol, with many smaller towns and villages on the way. Runners can sign up for any leg, if places are still available.
How Can You Take Part?
The Kenya Peace Torch began its journey in 2015, with world-class elite athletes including Haile Gebrselassie, Ezekiel Kemboi, Tegla Loroupe, Paul Tergat and Wilson Kipsang. It was organised by Commonwealth Gold Medallist John Kelai, who lost three uncles killed in cattle rustling raids which are common between rival groups in the region.
British athletes Adam Holland and Rob Young were handed the torch at the Great North Run 2015, and took it 2,200 miles, joined by many ordinary runners as they passed through communities around the UK. They finished a the Kenya High Commission in London.
The torch was then taken to the USA, where two of America’s best ultra-runners, Alex Ramsey and Pat Sweeney, were handed the torch at the Chicago Marathon, and ran 850 miles to New York. They handed it back to Wilson Kipsang at Kenya’s Embassy to the United Nations.
Wilson Kipsang, former marathon world record-holder, said:
“I would urge all to sign up to run for peace and save many lives.”