Runners brave weather in the Poppy Plod
By The Citizen | Monday, October 28, 2013, 05:00
IT was less of a plod and more of a speedy sprint in the drizzle at the annual Poppy 5km yesterday.
ON YOUR MARKS: Runners set their watches as the race starts for the Hardwicke and District Royal British Legion Poppy Plod and 5k Run. Left, Royal British Legion members, from left, Bob and Carol Bratty with Rodger Smith.
In aid of the Hardwicke and District Royal British Legion 27 people, aged eight upwards, took part in the Poppy Plod.
They ran, walked or rode around the route in Hardwicke and Quedgeley.
Event co-ordinator Sandra Ennis said although the turnout was not as good as previous years, organisers were impressed by the number who still took part.
She said: "We had some very bad weather, but we still had 27 stalwarts that turned out. We were quite surprised to have so many people still.
"Everybody had a good time.
"The Poppy Plod is all about having fun and that is very important."
Dave Gargett, vice-chairman of the RBL, said: "The Poppy Plod is a good way to launch our appeal in the two weeks before November 11."
The race winners were Ben and Vicky French and the event raised more than £200 to kick start the appeal.