JUST 17 Days to go …. 2018 Poppy Half Marathon will then be upon us.

A BIG THANK YOU as by entering our POPPY race you have already supported our Charity. We established the Charity 3 years ago and 100% of money raised through entry fees, donations, merchandise sales etc goes to the Charity, which in turn supports local and Military Charitable organisations.

The organiser of the Poppy Half and Bexhill 5K Race Series is Raising Money for Good Causes (RMFGC) a locally based Charity.

RMFGC was established primarily “to bring our experience and passion in sports and healthy lifestyle to help those in need so they can have access to facilities and/or funding…”

For those that may wish to support us further our Justgiving.  Any little helps.


Just a bit of trivia for this week!!

The overall male/female split for race entries currently stands at 53% Men 47% Women….

but we dug a little deeper and…

Poppy Half Marathon men make up 61.5% with women 38.5%

10K you girls come into your own 57% women and 43% men.

5K even better girls with 66.5% women and 33.5% men..

So I guess you girls just prefer the shorter distances …


CALLING ALL MARSHALS….. as always with events Marshals are key.  The race simply can’t go ahead without you, so we are putting a call out to everyone who might like to help on the day.  Its a great event and for an even greater cause, so anyone able and willing to give their time on 10th November, please email us your details, and receive TWO FREE TICKETS TO OUR CHARITY MUSIC SHOW – on 10th November at the De La Warr Pavilion.


The order has gone in for the limited edition Poppy Half Marathon t-shirts.  For all those who purchased you will not be disappointed, alongside the limited edition medal they are great mementos of the day.



Our WW1 Bergen 22KG Challenge Team runners are Dean Baker, Lee Holdaway (Race Director), Paul Atkinson, father and son Mark Jordan and Tom Jordan, Anthony Pitt and Kate Mitchell.  Good luck with your last few days of training guys and we look forward to welcoming you on the start line. If you have a chance on race day, lift the Bergen on your shoulders, you will appreciate how heavy it is. Please give them lots of support on race day.


Likewise we have finalised the numbers for our 100K Team Challenge and we have 10 teams of 3, all completing all three distances!!  We look forward also to welcoming these guys too at the start line.


We now have our pacers in place for the Half Marathon. Big thank you to those who have volunteered.  We have pacers for 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:05 and 2:10.  So look out for these guys at the start of the race they will be wearing the Pacer Shirts shown above.


All race information will be up on the web site by the beginning of next week. This will also be emailed out to all those who have entered, so keep an eye out for that.


We need your support to fill these seats please, so a reminder of our Charity Music Fest to be held on the evening of the Poppy Half Marathon.  Tickets are selling fast so to not be disappointed book your tickets now from the De La Warr Pavilion box office.  Ticket prices range from £12.50, £17.50 and £20.00. You have the dance floor tickets to boogey the night away and seated tickets on the side terrace and balcony.


Keep up the good training, this week’s training is up on our Charity FB page, not much more to be done except stay injury free and keep those legs ticking over.




Lee Holdaway

Charity Trustee/Race Director