Inna Gordyenko from Ukraine green park It took place Saturday as part of a global effort to raise funds for military equipment for Ukrainian soldiers.
Gordyenko has organized the run, which starts at 10am, and hopes that Cooper, the corgi, will participate.
“We are currently [funds] for technical radios [Ukrainian] Advocate. Equipment for them is still in short supply,” she told The Standard.
Goldienko, who now lives in Sussex, said running has helped her mental health as she adjusted to life in the UK.
“Running has been a part of my life for nearly seven years. I’ve been running mostly as an amateur, but I’ve always found it very meditative,” she said.
She arrived in the UK with her British husband and dog for a two-week holiday, days before the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
“But two weeks turned into over a year,” she added.
Gordyenko said he forgot to run for a while after the invasion.
“I forgot that I could do it, or I used to enjoy it because when my home was at war and my friends were suffering and people were dying, I used to give myself something. Because you don’t think much about the things that gave you emotions, like joy or fun.
“After feeling really depressed and anxious for maybe a few months, I thought: ‘Well, what can I do as a Ukrainian in a big country?’
“I thought the least I could do was run in a Ukrainian T-shirt with the Ukrainian flag and draw attention to what was going on in the country. I registered for the race.”
Since then she has run at events in Edinburgh, Brighton and Cardiff to build support for her country.
Brits are encouraged to run in their cities and towns. Donate online as part of Run For Ukraine. Events have already taken place in London, Canada, Israel, Ukraine and across Europe, raising £4,000 so far.
Combined, these events are expected to reach the goal of running a total of 6,992km. This is the total length of Ukraine’s state borders recognized in 1991 when Ukraine became independent.
Every $10 Canadian donated equals one kilometer of Ukraine’s borders.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/run-for-ukraine-green-park-london-inna-gordiienko-fundraising-b1087906.html Runners hit Green Park to raise money for Ukrainian military equipment