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22nd March 2019

Poppy walk at Rendlesham


Next month offers a chance for people to have a fun run around Rendlesham Forest on Sunday, October 28 and help raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Rendlesham Forest is one of 12 national venues for the second annual Poppy Run, when the emphasis is on fun as people get the chance to run, jog, or walk around the five kilometre route.

“This is a great cause, and I hope that this summer’s festival of sport will stimulate a few more people to don running shoes and in a small way emulate the efforts of all those athletes that have entertained us so royally in recent weeks,” said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Economic Development.

“I am delighted that Suffolk Coastal’s sports development team has again gained the honour of running a local five kilometre event at Rendlesham Forest, making us one of the only 12 Poppy Runs in the country.

“This is for such a worthy cause that I hope as many people as possible turn up on the day and raise funds for serving and ex-Service personnel and their families. As well as encouraging people to take part, it would be great if the example of the Olympics Games Makers would inspire volunteers to come forward and help us and the Forestry Commission run the day, and make it a smooth and successful event for those involved in the run,” added Cllr Holdcroft.

Anyone interested in taking part can enter online at www.poppy-run.com or download an application form from www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourfreetime/ or can call 01394 444652 or email active.communities@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

The Poppy Run is open to all, with a £12 registration fee. The run starts at 11am, and anyone raising over £250 will receive an exclusive 250 club Poppy Run T-shirt.

Volunteers are wanted for duties such as marshalling the car parks or the route, helping hand out water, or assisting on the start or finish lines. Anyone interested in helping out on the day can contact Sarah Shinnie on 01394 444652 or email sarah.shinnie@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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