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London Marathon will feature tribute to Stephen Lawrence

TRIBUTE: The designers behind the London Marathon Stephen Lawrence marker (Image: Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust/Twitter)

THIS YEAR’S London Marathon will feature a tribute to murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, it has been announced.

A marker will be erected at the 18-mile point of the 26.2 mile course on April 28.

Young architects Ayanna Blair-Ford, Shreeya Radia and Quincy Haynes have designed the marker, which has been named Because of Stephen We Can. The trio came to design the marker after winning a competition, which launched last year to mark what would have been Stephen’s 44th birthday, organised by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

"We wanted our design to acknowledge the tragedy of Stephen's death, but also to celebrate his legacy and the work of the trust.

"We are incredibly excited to see it built and hope that it will motivate runners as they reach one of the toughest miles of the marathon,” the BBC reported Haynes said.

Competition entrants were encouraged to submit “bold and innovative designs that celebrate Stephen’s life and all that the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has achieved in his name, inspiring and supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter architecture and other careers”.

The Because of Stephen We Can marker will celebrate the teenager’s life. It will display comments from young people sharing their own understanding and experience of the young man’s legacy.

A selection of audio clips and music will be played out from the marker, which will be seen by tens of thousands of runners and supporters.

The structure's presence at the London Marathon will come days after the first annual Stephen Lawrence Day which will take place on April 22. The yearly national day of commemoration was announced in 2018 on the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s death.

Stephen was 18 years old when he was murdered in a racist attack in Eltham, south London in 1993. He was an aspiring architect before his life was taken from him.

The winning and shortlisted mile 18 marker designs will be available to view at the Stephen Lawrence Centre until Friday, February 15.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust helps young people aged 13-30 to gain knowledge, skills and qualifications to embark on the career of their choice.

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