UL­TRA RUN­NERS PEACE TORCH

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

DAVID BROWN Aegist Trust

THIS Oc­to­ber, Buckinghamshire’s run­ners will have the chance to help record-break­ing ul­tra run­ners Adam Hol­land and Rob Young (aka ‘Marathon Man UK’) carry a ‘torch for peace’ as it heads north through Milton Keynes on the first day of the na­tion­wide Run4Peace 2016 (www. run4peace.co.uk), a re­lay cov­er­ing 1,000km in just 10 days.

Rob Young has claimed the World record for the most marathons in a year (370) and the long­est run with­out sleep (373.75 miles). Hol­land, a pre­vi­ous holder of the world record for the fastest 10 marathons in 10 days, aims to re­claim it later this year.

The re­lay torch was first lit and car­ried 500 miles across Kenya’s con­flict-af­fected North Rift Val­ley last year dur­ing a ‘Walk for Peace’ by some of the World’s top ath­letes.

They in­cluded Marathon World record­breaker Wil­son Kip­sang, pic­tured with Young and Hol­land on www.run4peace.co.uk – where peo­ple can sign up to take part via an in­ter­ac­tive map show­ing the route of the re­lay.

There are 100 spa­ces for run­ners to join the pair each day, from Oc­to­ber 21 to 30 (10 spa­ces per 10km run).

Day One, Fri­day Oc­to­ber 21, will see the torch car­ried from Lon­don to Northamp­ton via Milton Keynes.

The event is be­ing sup­ported by ath­let­ics re­tailer Up & Run­ning, which has a store in the city.

“Up & Run­ning is thrilled to sup­port the Kenya Peace Torch Re­lay, and mem­bers of our staff team are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part,” says Gen­eral Man­ager Jonathan Mid­wood.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble cause, and we’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get in­volved.”

All spon­sor­ship raised by par­tic­i­pants will go to help UK-based charity the Aegis Trust to es­tab- lish a school for peace in North­ern Kenya, where eth­nic vi­o­lence has left more than 600 dead and driven more than 435,000 from their homes since 2014.

“I would urge all to sign up to run for peace and save many lives,” says Wil­son Kip­sang. “Join us to sup­port and make a dif­fer­ence in Kenya,” said Adam Hol­land.

“It’s very im­por­tant that we bring sta­bil­ity to the area and also bring peace, not only to Kenya, but world­wide,” added Rob Young.

A short video about this in­spir­ing cause, and full de­tails of how to sign up, can be found at www.run4peace.co.uk.

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