Eddie Izzard invited back to Birstall’s Run for Jo event for second year

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The second ‘Run for Jo’ event is set to take place at Oakwell Hall, Birstall on Sunday June 24 (2018), in memory of murdered Batley & Spen Labour MP Jo Cox.

The mother-of-two was savagely shot and stabbed to death outside Birstall Library in 2016.

Fun run 'Run For Jo' in memory of Jo Cox held at Oakwell Hall and Country Park, Birtsall. Pictured Jo's husband Brendan, with Jo's sister Kim, and Eddie Izzard, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and political activist, before the start of the race.

Fun run 'Run For Jo' in memory of Jo Cox held at Oakwell Hall and Country Park, Birtsall. Pictured Jo's husband Brendan, with Jo's sister Kim, and Eddie Izzard, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and political activist, before the start of the race.

Last year’s event was attended by thousands, including comedian Eddie Izzard, who took part in one of the runs and praised the late MP for her inclusive attitude.

There will be two ‘races’: a 2.5k family fun run and a 6.5k run.

The GMB-backed event is timed to take place on the weekend of what would have been the former MP’s 44th birthday.

Meanwhile, Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said the family remain on “autopilot” as the second annual national event in her memory gears up to be even bigger than the first.

She said there was great enthusiasm for the national Great Get Together, with events held across the country from June 22-24.

Miss Leadbeater said the resignation of Mrs Cox’s widower Brendan after admitting “inappropriate” behaviour while he worked at Save the Children in 2015 has done nothing to halt the work of the Jo Cox Foundation.

She said the family continues to support the father of Jo’s two children, who were aged five and three at the time she was slain by neo-Nazi terrorist Thomas Mair in on June 16, 2016.

Speaking to the Press Association, she said: “I think because of the public nature of what happened to us, we were sort of on autopilot for the first 12 months and to some extent still are.

“But then there’s a sense of reality which dawns and then you realise... this isn’t a short-term thing, our lives will never be the same again.”

Look North’s Harry Gration will compere the event. Mr Izzard has also been invited to return.

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