31 Oct

Remembrance Run

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Over 1,000 places are still available for next weekend’s Run2Remember which raises funds for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The annual charity run takes place on Saturday 8 November in Lydiard Park just outside Royal Wootton Bassett. It comes the day before Remembrance Sunday.

The Royal British Legion is calling on people of all ages and abilities to take part in the event and show their support for the Armed Forces community. Among those taking part are Ann Lewis and her family. Her partner Tom is planning a grand entrance. The member of the Jump4Heroes display team will parachute into the event in time to see

Ann Lewis said: “Tom served in the Armed Forces for 25 years. During his service he lost too many close friends. We are running to remember them and support the good work of The Royal British Legion. I wanted my children, aged 18, 12 and 11, to take part to bring to the front of their minds the sacrifices made by others to allow us the life we live today.”

The Military Wives Choir perform at 10.00am before joining their families at the start line.

Entrants can choose to cover either a 1.1m, 5k or 11k course. They can walk, jog, march or run individually or as part of a team. Among the Poppy-adorned running clothes will be uniforms and fancy dress.

It is all in aid of raising money to support the work of The Royal British Legion whose national Poppy Appeal, launched with a sunrise-to-sunset ‘Watch’ at the Cenotaph last week, will see 45 million poppies distributed by 350,000 collectors with the aim of raising £40m.

Someone else hoping to raise money for The Royal British Legion is 15-year-old Vinnie Mills whose father served in the Armed Forces. This will be his third Run2Remember having taken part in the very first event at just 13 and last year’s run. The teenager says it is a great way for people young and old to show their respect and support for servicemen and women past and present.

Vinnie Mills said: “On both occasions I took part in the 11k run, made a good time and enjoyed it. I took part because I know how much the Legion does to help soldiers and their families. My dad is in the Forces and my family benefitted from a holiday arranged by the Legion at a difficult time in our lives, so I wanted to give something back to say thank you. Hopefully this year my dad will be joining me too.”

To take part in Run2Remember enter online at the Royal Legion website.