It is well known that Palestinians cannot move freely in their own land, held up by checkpoints, harassed by Israeli soldiers and settlers, and hindered by poor infrastructure.
The Palestine Marathon, held in Bethlehem, is over repeat laps and acts as a powerful image of this lack of freedom. The resilience required to get through each day is immense.
To both honour their resolve and raise awareness locally, members of Sheffield PSC have teamed up with local community groups and individuals to organise a 24-hour non-stop group run. It will also raise vital funds for children’s educational and play projects in Gaza and for Palestinian women to study at University.
Entrants can run, jog or walk in half hour shifts doing kilometre circuits of Meersbrook Park, Sheffield, coincidentally the same size as Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.
- We are hoping that Diyar, a Palestinian Women’s football team touring the North at the time, will be opening the run.
- A run will take place in Gaza which will start just as we finish – we plan live video link up.
Families and friends of runners will be able to visit Meersbrook Park Community Walled Garden to view an acclaimed photographic exhibition of Palestinian life, listen to live music and poetry, and enjoy tea and cake.
We are really keen for members of the solidarity network in the North take part if you can.