Black Girls Do Run UK is a running group set up by Tasha Thompson. The group is based in London but also boasts an impressive online following. Its mission is simple: to inspire, encourage and motivate black women to run.
Why was Black Girls Do Run created?
Black Girls Do Run UK was created in response to my lived experiences of running and not seeing any women who look like me. In March 2019, after yet another race with very few black women at the start line, an awkward moment occurred when my running buddy Linda and I asked a race-marshal a question about the route and the marshal asked us ‘are you running the race?’. This was even though we were both wearing running gear and race numbers.
This prompted a post-race discussion about why so few black women in the UK run, the success of Black Girls Run in the USA, and what could be done to make a difference. To mark 20 years of running, as well as my love for the sport, it seemed only fitting to give back to the running community. The initial aim of Black Girls Do Run UK was to increase visibility of regular (not elite) women. But it was also a reaction to finding out that once the obligatory school P.E lessons finished at school, women’s activity levels plummeted.