A special event has been organised to commemorate and celebrate the life of Jo Cox, the Labour politician who was tragically murdered last June. #RunForJo invites runners to take part in either a 2.5k family fun run or 6.5k at Oakwell Hall Country Park on Sunday 25 June – three days after what would have been Jo’s 43rd birthday.
The thousands of tributes paid to Jo after her murder emphasised how respected and loved she was as an MP. The upcoming event will feature a banner displaying a memorable quote from her maiden speech: “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.”
The day will therefore look to reflect some of this sense of togetherness and will be kicked off by Batley Community Choir, who will be performing at 9:00am, before the Family Fun Run gets underway ay 9:30am. The cross-country challenge starts at 11:00am, and will entail 6k (ish) off the beaten track, round woods and fields, paths and cobbles, uphill and down.
Organisers are promising both music and surprises en route and a party at the finish line, including food stalls, bar and a mascots’ race featuring Ronnie the Rhino, Battler the Batley Bulldog. What’s more, comedian and distance runner Eddie Izzard will be in attendance at the event.