Park runners called to create human white ribbon – November 25
Telford and Wrekin residents are being asked to join a themed park run to demonstrate the unacceptability of domestic abuse on Saturday November 25.
People of all ages and abilities are invited to wear white and participate in the white ribbon themed ‘parkrun’. Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, Councillor Ian Preece will sign a pledge and encourage others to do so before completing the run.
Once participants have finished their run, jog or walk, they will join in with creating Telford’s largest ever human white ribbon as a symbol of unity against domestic abuse.
The campaign asks predominantly men to make the White Ribbon promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men's violence against women and pledge boards will be available for people to sign on the day.
Many women choose to participate in Parkrun because it’s somewhere they feel safe, comforted by the presence of others and the time of day. A 2023 study found that ‘92% of women are concerned for their safety when they go for a run.’ By sponsoring the event, it is hoped to draw attention to ways everyone can make a difference.
Councillor Preece said: “If we speak out when we see sexist or harassing behaviour amongst our friends, we can stop this being seen as acceptable, stop violence escalating and create a better society for everyone in Telford and Wrekin.”
“There are close links between what we’re told it means to be a man and gender-based violence. Calling out inappropriate language such as sexist ‘banter’ is just one of the things men can do. While most of us do not use violence, all boys and men have a responsibility to help prevent it.”
It is hoped that the event will provide an opportunity for people to reflect on their own behaviour and nurture ways of acting and speaking that challenge long-standing attitudes that enable and encourage inequalities between men and women.
Councillor Kelly Middleton cabinet member for healthy, safer & stronger communities and partnerships said: “Please join us for this special day, we’re hoping for a good level of support showing that many of the people living in Telford and Wrekin believe that no one should live in fear of domestic abuse, that it is not acceptable, not inevitable, and together we can make it stop.
Park run takes place on Saturdays at 9am throughout the year and new runners are welcome to attend. The event is free to join but people are asked to register here.
The event takes place at Telford Town Park, Hinkshay Road, Telford, Shropshire, TF4 3NZ and is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event where people can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.
Runners are asked to wear white and make their way to the finish line after they have run for a photo at 9.45am.
If you need support – male or female –with domestic abuse or know someone who needs help, please call our confidential help line call 0800 840 3747.
To sign up to the pledge visit www.telford.gov.uk/whiteribbontelford