The Run for Jo is a great way for the local community to come together and to remember Jo Cox and everything that she stood for, says GMB Union, as we mark the sixth anniversary of the murdered MP.

GMB Union has been unveiled as headline sponsor for the 2022 Run for Jo, in memory of Jo Cox – the Batley and Spen MP who was murdered in her constituency in 2016.  

The Run for Jo and family fun-day, now in its sixth year, will be held on Sunday, 26 June 2022, and returns to its spiritual home of Oakwell Hall in Birstall for the first physical run since 2019.  

Organisers are hoping that the number of people taking part in the run this year, will hit a record high.     

All entrants will receive a limited edition Run for Jo t-shirt and medal to commemorate the day.  

It will be one of the key events of The Great Get Together which will be taking place over the same weekend.  

Cath Pinder, GMB Union Regional President for Yorkshire & North Derbyshire region, said:  

“We are so proud to sponsor the Jo Cox charity run.  It’s such a fitting way to remember Jo and everything she stood for.  And like Jo, we believe that by communities coming together in unity they can help create a better world. 

“It’s fantastic that the run is back on at Oakwell and we hope that runners and spectators alike flock to Oakwell Hall and make it one of the best community events that Birstall has ever seen.” 

Kim Leadbeater, sister of Jo Cox and MP for Batley and Spen, said:  

“I am delighted that the Run for Jo will take place in real life at Oakwell Hall and Country Park once again.  

“The volunteers at More in Common, Batley and  Spen have done their usual amazing job of pulling it all together as part of the Jo Cox Foundation’s ‘Great Get Together’ campaign, taking place on Jo’s birthday weekend in June.  

“The event was held virtually in 2021 for the second year running with thousands of people taking part locally, across the country and around the world.  

“This year it will be fantastic to see people back at Oakwell taking part in person, as well as being able to join in wherever they are in a new virtual 10k for those who live further afield.  

“My family is incredibly grateful to everyone for joining in with the  

"Run for Jo to remember her and show the power of physical activity to bring people together.” 


 For further comment contact Caroline Jones 07800-714247 

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