The Royal British Legion’s Run2Remember will be launched in ‘extreme’ style this year in Lydiard Park, just outside of Royal Wootton Bassett, when a human flight team will enter the arena by parachute (weather permitting)
Taking place on Saturday 8 November in aid of the Poppy Appeal, one of The Legion’s premier charity runs, the event will kick off with a parachute jump by Jump4Heroes, The Royal British Legion’s Extreme Human Flight Team.
Comprising serving and former members of the Army, and based in Wiltshire, Jump4Heroes have completed jumps all over the world in their extraordinary wing suits, including base jumps from The Eiger and the KL Tower in Malaysia.
They were once apprehended by the police as UFOs!
Their mission is to support charities that help the Armed Forces, via fundraising and increasing public awareness of Forces charities, and they have ‘jumped into’ scores of Legion fundraising events.
Run2Remember honours all who have given their lives in service. Run2Remember will welcome runners of all ages and abilities from the civilian and military communities. The event which is in its second year offers a variety of distances to match all fitness and ability levels: 1.1 km, 5km and 11km routes. Setting off at 11am, the run aims to field a packed turn out.
Some of the Jump4Heroes team will be hitting the ground running – literally! Having completed the jump, they will be peeling off their wings and jump suits to join the runners for the race.
Team Leader Major Alastair Macartney, who serves with The Royal Logistic Corps, said: “As serving and former soldiers, we really understand the wonderful work of The Royal British Legion supporting The Armed Forces and veterans, and their families. R2R will be a great occasion and I urge the maximum number of people to sign up.”
Other highlights of Run2Remember include a military style warm-up and the Defence Academy’s Military Wives Choir, who will entertain the runners before called to the starting line.
Runners can also set-up a special sponsorship page where friends and family can sponsor them and write messages of support.
Each week, the Legion spends £1.6 million providing direct support to members of the Armed Forces community past and present and their families.
For further information about Run2Remember, and to sign up and run ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ in Run2Remember, visit the webpage www.run2remember.org.uk call 0845 845 1945.
Field of Remembrance, Friday 8 November:
Run2Remember will take place a day after the Afghanistan Heroes Field of Remembrance ceremony in the Walled Garden at Lydiard Park, on Friday 8 November. Here, Remembrance Crosses will again be planted, each with a personal message to those who have fallen during the Afghanistan conflict. The Field of Remembrance will also contain 40,000 crosses planted to remember all who have fallen.
Click for or details of the Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance
See a video of Prince Harry launching the first field in Lydiard Park in 2010
Pictured below, poppies in front of Lydiard House by David Feather on 8 November 2012