FUN-RUNNERS will be wearing their poppies with pride to support forces personnel.
Sunderland will host its own 5k Poppy Run this November after Claire Douglas was inspired to start the event by her soldier niece’s tour of Afghanistan.
Claire, from Silksworth, whose niece Jade Outhwaite is serving in the Army, spotted that the city didn’t host one of the national runs, so decided to set one up.
“I started my own running club a couple of years ago and had heard of the national Poppy Runs,” she explained. “My niece went to Afghanistan. She’s back now and is based in Aldershot, so it’s a cause close to my heart, and a lot of others who have family members serving in the forces.
“There are Poppy Runs all over the country, but I realised Sunderland didn’t have one of its own. It’s a really fun event, for anyone of any ability.” The Sunderland Poppy Run, which will raise money for the Royal British Legion, will take place at Silksworth Sports Complex on November 2, from 11am and anyone is welcome to take part.
Claire, who runs running club Silky Sole Sisters, said: “It’s an achievable distance for people. We’ve said they can run, walk or crawl it.”
She added: “We’ve had great support for the event on our Facebook page. Because of that we’re planning to make it into a fun day with a marquee and face-painting.
“It’s great to see the community come together like this.”
Entry to the run is £10 for children and £15 for adults, which includes a free T-shirt and medal.
To register visit www.poppy-run.com.