Run the Poppy Dash on remembrance Sunday

Kirklees Mayor, Cllr Jim Dodds is launching a brand new event – the Poppy Dash – a 5K run to raise money for his chosen charity, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Taking place in Greenhead Park on Remembrance Sunday -13 November 10.45am, the Poppy Dash is a relaxed 5K Family Fun Run, open to all ages, including babes in prams, and even your four-legged best friends.

Speaking about the new event, the Mayor said: “Remembrance Sunday is an extremely important day in the calendar, when we come together to remember all those who have served our country, so that we can all live in peace and freedom.   This year, people will be able to show their support not only by visiting church services or war memorials, but by taking part in the Poppy Dash, helping to raise much-needed funds for the Poppy Appeal.  Unlike lots of other runs, there’s no registration fee for the Poppy Dash, all we ask is that participants pledge to raise £20 in sponsorship – with every penny going directly to the Poppy Appeal.”

Runners are invited to gather at the War Memorial in Greenhead Park at 10.45am, and to wear their poppy with pride to observe the two-minute silence at 11am.  Then, 12 year-old Holly Baker, who has been specially tutored by her music teacher Alex Kenyon over the summer, will play the Last Post, before ceremonial cannon fire gets the race underway.

Cllr Dodds added: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of local companies and individuals who have come forward to offer their services for free, so that every last penny we raise goes straight to the Poppy Appeal.  And while as Mayor, I will personally be paying my respects at Huddersfield Parish Church on 13th November, I’m urging those people who would prefer to do something practical and constructive to mark Remembrance Sunday, to get registered and dash for cash!”

For more details, and to register to run: kirklees.gov.uk/poppydash

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