ORC solidarity towards the elimination of violence against women and girls
Posted by: Chris Turner 25th November 2015
70 Okehampton Running Club runners went out for their usual club run, wearing a white ribbon, taking part in an international campaign to end violence against women and girls.
25th November is International day for the elimination of violence against women and girls, also known as white ribbon day. The white ribbon campaign is an international and UK campaign supported by many sports clubs and celebrities. It is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Mostly men but also women wear a white ribbon to show that they will not condone violence against women and girls or stand by when they know it is happening. 45% of UK women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales.
The club felt that by wearing white ribbons on their run on the eve of the 25th November, they are showing their solidarity with this great cause and that violence and abuse has got to end.
The rain and wind did not stop members of Okehampton Running Club going racing and a good turnout of members took part in the nearby Drogo 10, and further afield at the Cornish Marathon and the Plymouth 10K.
At Drewsteignton in the Drogo 10 Jeremy Tandy was the first from the Club over the line with Mary Moore the first ORC lady to finish. Merv Rice put in a good run to win the MV60 category.
Charlie Galley put in a great run at the Cornish Marathon to lead the ORC runners home on this tough course and there were good times from Rob Kelly and Chris Turner. Sarah Marshall was pleased to get a PB at the Plymouth 10K. The previous week there were seven runners representing ORC at the Frank Elford Westward Cross Country League.
Perfect conditions for Bideford AAC’s 10 miler on a fast and flat course beside the river Torridge resulted in some great times from the large turnout of Okehampton Running Club members. Chris Turner was first home for the Club just ahead of Andy Vernon. Katie Littlejohns was the first ORC lady to finish. Beverley Kidson won the FV55 category, the team of Katie Littlejohns, Charlotte Radnor, Anne Binns and Beverley Kidson were the third ladies team whilst Mike Westland, back from a long lay off, was delighted to get a PB knocking four minutes off last year’s time.
Meanwhile on the other side of the estuary at Chivenor, Sarah Haigh was tackling a 10K commando style assault course challenge involving mud, water, fire and ice at the Mission Unbreakable event held in aid of North Devon Hospice.