Sent: 14 January 2008 22:53
Subject: Leeds Half Marathon Protest Run Wednesday 16 January
Last week, Mark Hetherington cribbed a section from V S Update to include in his Abbey Runners Weekly update
Now I’ll let Mark tell you about the event taking place this Wednesday 6:30pm outside the Civic Hall
Please can as many Striders as possible be there – a small turnout will have completely the opposite effect from what we want.
Please pass on this message to those you know don’t regularly read email.
There is still a good chance to resurrect the Leeds Half Marathon this year.
See you there
Current non-runners who have previously run
From: Mark Hetherington
Sent: 14 January 2008 15:41
Subject: Weekly Update (Part 1)
To contact the Council, or YEP, or Runners World, go here and follow the links: http://www.valleystriders.org.uk/saveleedshalf.htm
copied the details of a protest planned for this Wednesday from a post on the
Runners World forum.
I have just been talking
We are proposing that all runners who wish to protest about the cancellation of the Leeds Half Marathon should turn up (in running gear) at 6.30pm. We will then run continuously round the Civic Hall in the manner of Red Indians (sorry, 'Native Americans') circling a wagon train until the councillors emerge, when we will take the opportunity to make our feelings clear to them in no uncertain terms. Obviously, it would be helpful to be able to wave 'Save The Leeds Half' placards around at this point, so if you have time to make any before Wednesday, please bring them along.
We will notify the YEP about this planned protest, just in case they fancy coming along and photographing the fun and games. Clearly, this type of protest is much more effective if there are several hundred irate runners present, rather than just a couple of dozen, so please let as many of your fellow runners as possible know about this.
The more runners that get to hear about this the better, so please feel free to cut and paste the above and send it on to any fellow runners, or club contacts, that you know. If you want to know more, or have any comments or suggestions to make, please contact me.