• Tom Crossland

Day 64 - Another long day out

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Llanybri - Burry Port 48.5 km (2038.1 km done)

Start Time - 8.31 am

Finish Time - 5.12 pm

Moving time - 7 hours 14 mins

Vertical Gain - 631 m

Garmin Temperatures a

Average - 26 C

Min - 19 C

Max - 31 C

Support Runners

Melinda Hudson

Llyr Roberts

As you can see from the stats above, it was another long day out in the sun and heat, with some great company the time passed easily. In addition to this today was a huge contrast to the last few weeks with the majority (about 80%) of the day being on tarmac and roads, I was still following the Wales Coast Path and the road or tarmac sections were to get over the Tywi at Caervyrddin (Carmarthen). Days like today and yesterday, when I am running a long way inland to cross a river can be a little disheartening. I run all day and yet don't actual progress that much closer to home. For example Llanybri, is (very) approximately 12-15 km as the crow flies from Burry Port, but to move that distance along the coast we ran 48 km.

Most people reading this will know, I am sure, my reason for running all the way is to try and help bring an end to modern slavery and human trafficking, and more generally to increase the awareness of the pernicious and insidious nature of modern slavery. The idea that there are an estimated 45 million modern slaves in the world just blows my mind. That is more slaves than at any other point in history. This has kept me going through some dark days. I think if by taking a few months out and running a long way I can help a even a few people to survive slavery and have the human rights we have then it will have been worthwhile.

Below I've summarised some information about modern slavery.

Modern slavery is an umbrella term encompassing slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation – controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion and deception. They are commodified for the purpose of exploitation and financial gain. Slavery violates human rights, denying people of their right to life, freedom and security. There are an estimated 136,000 people living in modern slavery in the U.K. It is happening all over, in towns, villages and cities up and down the U.K., in the house next door or on the high street we visit regularly. Modern slaves may not be physically trapped in shackles and chains but their traffickers are still able to manipulate and control them… It is fear and desperation, not guns and chains, which keep people trapped in slavery today. This may include debt bondage, fear of deportation or threats to their family.

So what can we do to help... one of the ways keep a look out for the signs of slavery described below, and call the Modern Slavery Helpline or report online if you see anything amiss. Additionally, the free Unseen App gives you a short guide to spotting the signs in your pocket, and enables you to report at the click of a button.

  • Behaviour: withdrawn, scared, not willing to talk

  • Appearance: unkempt, malnourished, few possessions, health concerns

  • Work: inappropriate clothing for the job, long hours, little or no pay

  • Fear of authorities: doesn’t want to speak to police or authorities

  • Debt bondage: in debt to, or dependent on someone else

  • Accommodation: overcrowded, poorly maintained, blacked-out windows

  • Lack of control: no ID, no access to a bank account, work transport provided

  • Lack of freedom: unable to move freely, unwilling or scared to leave

  • Children: alone, not related to adult carer, inappropriate behaviour or clothing

For a more detailed overview of the potential signs and indicators of modern slavery follow this link.

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