THE Royal British Legion is encouraging people across County Durham to lace up their trainers in support of military service and ex-service personnel when a popular remembrance run returns.

The Durham Poppy Run will be held at Aykley Heads Recreation Ground, in Durham, on Saturday, November 2, starting at 11am, and will raise money to help the Royal British Legion support the Armed Forces community.

The 5k fun run is open to people of all ages and abilities. Participants can choose to run, jog, or walk the course, and even dogs are welcome to join in.

Last year marked the first time Durham hosted the Poppy Run, when it was one of ten held around the UK. More than 4,500 people took part nationally, raising around £250,000 towards the charity’s vital work.

Lewis Peacock, event manager for The Royal British Legion, said: “Our Poppy Runs are a fantastic way for people to show their support for the Legion and get a little bit of exercise at the same time.

“The events are great fun to be involved in but, most importantly, by taking part and fundraising you’ll be helping to provide vital services and support for service personnel, veterans, and their families, who are struggling through hardships, injuries and bereavements.

“Whichever way you get around the course, whether you run, jog or walk with a four-legged friend, you are helping the Legion transform the lives of people in need within our Armed Forces community.”

Registration costs £15 for adults and £7.50 for 7-17 year olds, with a minimum fundraising target of £50. Children aged six and under can take part for free.

The registration fee includes an official finisher’s medal and Royal British Legion t-shirt. A special commemorative medallion will also be awarded to all runners who raise more than £100.

Anyone who is unable to attend the event, but still wants to participate, can sign up to do a ‘virtual run’, and complete a 5km at a time and place of their choosing.

To find out more visit,, contact the events team on 0333 011 4500, or email

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