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Making running events more diverse

Tasha Thompson of Black Girls Do Run on her involvement in our Inclusion Advisory Group

Tasha Thompson, the founder of Black Girls Do Run UK, a running crew created to encourage, inspire, and motivate black women to run.

It was created back in 2019 based on my experiences as a keen runner of 20 years who saw very few black women at the start lines of races. Thereby I decided to do something to increase visibility and participation rates of black women running, which is known to be an under-represented group at grassroots level.

Do you know who else is working tirelessly behind the scenes to make their events more diverse, appealing and attractive?  London Marathon Events!

The focus of diversity is not stagnant to their renowned annual event we know as the London Marathon, it has developed beyond this right through to The Big Half. This event is a running festival that celebrates London’s diverse communities; it’s one of the most popular half marathons in London. The Big Half includes a relay as well as a one-mile race, which is a favourite for children and families.

Gaining traction

Despite the postponement of the majority of running events during the lockdown of 2020, the sport gained traction and experienced a huge growth spurt due to gyms and studios being closed. In December 2020, Hamid Vaghefian, Head of Community at London Marathon Events, set up the Running Inclusion Advisory Group.

Co-founder of Black Girls Do Run UK Linda and I have had the privilege to be involved in this forum, alongside runners from Emancipated Run Crew, ASRA Club, LDN Brunch Club, Black Trail Runners and Runderbolts. All these amazing running groups have many things in common, but what unites us is our passion for running where the main focal point is to inspire under-represented groups of people to take part in running.

What unites us is our passion for running where the main focal point is to inspire under-represented groups of people to take part in running

Tasha Thompson