Runners unite to celebrate duty & heroism
Patriotism was at the forefront on Friday (17 April), Saturday (18 April) and Sunday (19 April) as the running community came together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in WWII. They wore red, white and blue as they ‘kept calm and carried on’.
This was another hugely popular and successful venture organised by It’s Grim Up North Running and See York Run York with a virtual theme and a colour scheme. What better way to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War than a three day event based upon the colours of the Union Jack and the motivational slogan ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.
The weekend was about commemorating men and women who put themselves in danger, with many losing their lives at a time when the country faced a grave threat. One of those men, Captain Tom Moore served in India and the Burma campaign and was awarded three medals for his selflessness and bravery. The Keighley born, 99-year old army veteran wanted to do his bit in the current crisis and aimed to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday and raise £1,000 for the NHS. His determination has seen him raise more than £26m to date.
With ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, runners wore a red top on Friday, white on Saturday and blue on Sunday for their daily exercise. They posted their achievements and selfies in the Its Grim Up North Chat Group, using the hashtags #keepcalmandcarryon, #gladtobegrim and #seeyorkrunyork.
The organisers created daily collages with the piece de resistance – a Union Jack made from all of the runners red, white and blue photos – proudly displayed in tribute.
Image courtesy of Its Grim Up North Running