10 Nov

Time To Pause And Reflect This Weekend

Mounts Bay Harriers

Having remembered the 5th November in last weekend's preview of events in the south of England we now reflect on more recent events in our history with Armistice Day falling on Saturday and Remembrance Day on Sunday.

There are a number of runs that set out to mark the end of the First World War through their race title and many will commence with two minutes silence, particularly if the scheduled start time is 11:00am on Saturday (11 November). 
This is the case for the Remembrance Day 10K and 5K from Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill, Fareham on Saturday. Both races commence with the usual mark of respect that ends as the start is signalled by the firing of the Royal Armouries One O'Clock Gun. All serving members and veterans of HM Forces receive half price entry and some of the proceeds go towards services charities and the Rowans Hospice. It almost goes without saying that all finishers will receive a stunning poppy themed medal.  
Phoenix Remembrance Day Marathon from the Xcel Leisure Centre, Walton-on-Thames starts at 9am on Saturday and is fully sold out. The course is essentially out and back beside the River Thames between the Weir Pub and Molesey Lock, with four laps to complete 26.2 miles. There will be a unique 'Respectful Mid-Race Freeze' at exactly 11am, sounded by marshals with air horns. All runners will freeze in their tracks for two minutes to honour those who gave so much. Times will be adjusted to account for the time spent motionless. This is believed to be the first ever mid-marathon pause and should be quite an emotional moment.
On Remembrance Sunday there is a request from the Poppy Appeal for all runners to wear something red for the St Michael's Mount Remembrance Run from Mounts Bay Sailing Club, Marazion, Cornwall. This will not be an issue for the red and white vested members of host club Mounts Bay Harriers (pictured). The course is a 4.2 mile beach run on sand, shingle and pebbles and includes a river crossing and spectacular finish in front of the National Trust St Michael's Mount, with its medieval church and castle.
There are many other events that will help raise funds for the Poppy Appeal this weekend and runABC South wishes you a safe, enjoyable and reflective run whether in competition, in company or alone and lost in your own thoughts.
All events are featured in runABC South's comprehensive race listings.
Image courtesy Mounts Bay Harriers