Last Sunday I took part in the Royal Legion’s Poppy Run in Chelmsford with Hulk. I have been dying to race with Hulk ever since we got him, so it was a great coincidence that the Poppy Run I signed up for the week before was pet friendly!
I knew that I wanted to race 5K during November to commemorate the end of my couch to 5K programme section in my marathon training plan. However, I chose the Poppy Run over Movemeber simply because my other half is a veteran so the Charity speaks more to me.
The Poppy Run Series held by The Royal Legion Charity is a series of family friendly races taking place across the country during the Remembrance period with each event starting at 11am with a two minute silence to commemorate the armed forces.
This is the first year that The Royal Legion Charity have held Poppy Run in Chelmsford so I was expecting it to be quite a small intimate event. There were around 250 runners taking part which filled the race village to the brim all supporting the charity on its first venture. The race started off with a two minutes silence (which of course Hulk decided to howl through!) to acknowledge all the service men and women, followed by a warm up held by the local gym instructors.
I’ve been training Hulk for over a month now to run alongside me, and after our training run during the week where he decided he wanted to walk rather than run I was nervous if I would be able to get the PB I was after. However, after a crazy first kilometre where Hulk decided he wanted to pull me past as many runners as he possibly could (boy he was hyper to start) we finally settled into a steady pace finishing in 30.35 gun time, thanks to the support of the friendly marshals who seemed to be well stocked up on dog treats & water.
I really enjoyed the flat course route through central park and the support throughout the event and most definitely would consider signing up to not only this race again, but also any race that uses this flat course route.
The team sent out finishers t-shirts with the race packs prior to the event which meant everyone was unified during the race and there was no faffing after grabbing your medal to get a goodie bag. You simply followed the line along to the water station and off you went.
Id like to say a huge thanks to the Royal Legion for trying so hard with this event -you really did hit the nail on the head first time!