Remembrance Run 5K 2020

Run and Remember

Active Training World invites us to honour fallen heroes and raise money for a fantastic military charity

A flat, fast, aeroplane-shaped course awaits competitors in Saturday's (13 November) Remembrance Run Essex by Active Training World. Always held on the weekend closest to Armistice Day, this multi-race event includes a 'metric marathon', half marathon, 10K, 5K, and a mile fun run.

Last year's races were postponed due to the lockdown but did go ahead a month later than scheduled, with 375 runners in wave starts on a dismal day at the disused Debden Airfield. 

Nick Harris-Fry (Orion Harriers, 1:12:11) and Jen Baird (London Frontrunners, 1:24:06) led the way in the main event. You can check all the results and read our race report here

The Carver Barracks (the current name of the former airfield) is a British Army base that supports the Felix Fund – the brilliant Bomb Disposal Charity that aims to assist with the well-being of individuals within the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Search community. 

The races will also be supporting the better-known Royal British Legion Charity that supports serving and ex-serving personnel all year round, every day of the week. Their support starts after one day of service and continues through life, long after service is over. 

The Metric Marathon is an addition this year, raced over 26.2K – one kilometre for each mile of the full event. A tad quirky but a useful stepping stone from half to the full marathon.

All the races are entirely traffic-free and take place within the former World War 2 airfield, opened by the RAF in 1937 and finally closed after a multitude of RAF uses in August 1975. 

Remembrance Day itself is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiègne, France to mark the end of the first world war which took effect at 11:00am on: “The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

Entry details at Active Training World here

Image courtesy Active Training World on Facebook

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