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Run to remember the fallen
8:30pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
MORE runners are being urged to sign up for the Royal British Legion’s Run2Remember.
The event, which takes place at Lydiard Park on November 9, is one of the Legion’s biggest annual charity runs aimed at helping to raise money for its important work for the Armed Forces community, and to honour those who have given their lives in service.
On the day before Remembrance Sunday, when people across the country remember the fallen, Run2Remember will welcome runners of all ages and abilities, as the military and civilian communities join forces. Setting off at 11am on Saturday, November 9, the run is now in its second year and aims to field a packed turn-out. Leah Harris, direct marketing manager for the RBL, said: “Last year we had a fantastic turn-out from right across southern England, and raised nearly £30,000 for the Poppy Appeal. Over 600 people took part and this year we are hoping to top that. “It enables people to show their support to the Armed Forces community and remember those who have lost their life – while also raising vital funds to support serving and ex serving men and women. “We hold a two-minute silence at 11am after which we set off on the run. This year, to encourage maximum turn-out, we have laid on 1.1km, 5km and 11km circuits.
“Highlights include Jump4Heroes, an extreme human flight team of both serving and ex service personnel. “They will be parachuting into the arena before the race begins, some of them even joining the run. The Defence Academy’s Military Wives Choir, too, will be entertaining the runners, with a poignant remembrance song and a more upbeat number. “And to get everyone in the mood, ex Royal Marine and fitness expert Lee Stuart will be doing a military-style warm up before the race. Plus there will be physios on hand afterwards to help people recover. And the local TA will be assisting on the day, marshalling and manning the water stations as well as handing out goody bags and medals. “We know people travel from all over the south, so I urge people to come along for a fun occasion in a great cause, with something to offer everyone, whether families, teams or individuals.
“Whatever gear you want to wear – running kit, uniform or even fancy dress – you’ll be helping make this an enjoyable yet poignant occasion.” The rallying call comes a week before the Poppy Appeal in Swindon is launched at the Brunel Centre at 11am.
To sign up to receive your race pack, t-shirt and timing chips, visit run2remember.org.uk.
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