PACERS NEEDED!!

POPPY HALF MARATHON SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2019 – LOOKING FOR PACERS!!!

This year’s Poppy Half Marathon is filling up fast, we have limited medals and will be closing Half marathon entries soon..

We are looking for runners who would be happy to take part in the Half Marathon wearing one of our Pacers Vests. Is this you? let me know – [email protected]

Talking of Pacers, let’s not forget this amazing challenge taking place at the end of this week, planned start is around 12th October when Eluid Kipchoge attempts to run a marathon in SUB 2 hours! he has a selection of world class athletes helping him to achieve this.

It will be an amazing feat to watch, and I’m sure you will all be inspired ..

We wish him every success in his attempt.

Whatever your distance or challenge at this year’s POPPY stay focused and injury free.

I will see you on the start line.

Lee Holdaway

Race Director

[email protected]


A DISTANCE AND CHALLENGE FOR ALL ....

“Let’s start helping young people improve their lives…”​

Hi All

Firstly a big shout out to all our sponsors – GMP Accountants, Hastings Direct, Yazoo, UK Sports Timing, TL Sports Events – marshalls, The De La Warr Pavilion without whom we could not run this event.

I hope training is going well, just 40 days to go!! and those of you still unsure, we have three distances 5K, 10K and the Poppy Half Marathon. All finishers receive the Poppy commemorative medal, key ring and wrist band…

Within the Half Marathon is the WW1 ARMY BERGEN RUN, competitors run with a 50LB (22KG) Bergen, started 3 years ago by Dean Baker in memory of his grandad. This has grown in popularity each year and so far for 2019 we have 12 people 10 males and 2 females! Darryn Ashford, Lee Fantham, Mark Jordan, Joe Mendes, Natham Southgate, William Whittington, Lee Holdaway (Charity Trustee and Race Director), Dean Baker, James Bennett, Paul Holdaway, Jackie and last but by no means least Paul’s lovely wife Jo Holdaway!!

We have a special JustGiving page do please give what you can to support these runners and the charity by donating HERE

In addition to the finishers medals, key ring and wrist band these guys receive a specifically designed t-shirt.

ITS NOT TO LATE TO SIGN UP —

One final category is the 100K Team Challenge, currently we have 4 teams, WE NEED MORE!

Each athlete runs a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon totalling just over 100km for the 3 person team.. You guys also receive a specifically designed commemorative t-shirt and of course their finishers medal, key ring and wrist band

Good luck to you all with your training.

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Enter either through our website www.poppyhalfmarathon.co.uk !

 

Lots to choose from, something for all.

We look forward to seeing you all on the start line…

Best wishes

Lee Holdaway

Race Director

[email protected]


POPPY HALF MARATHON - 45 DAYS TO GO!!

POPPY HALF MARATHON – 45 DAYS TO GO!!

Time is ticking guys, race day is getting close.

Firstly can I say a huge thank you for supporting our races, whether through running or donations, please remember all the income is distributed to good causes and to those in need. So a massive thank you from us all at RMFGC.

I hope training is going well.  For those unsure whether to race, take a peak below, we have added mementos to this years Poppy races.  In addition to your commemorative finishers medal you also receive a Poppy Half Wristband and Keyring!

Our Charity, RMFGC (Raising Money for Good Causes) continues to support local organisations. This Summer we were proud to have been associated with the Bexhill FoodBank, helping them with much needed supplies. The local FoodBank since April 2019 alone has fed 2,721 people – 1,005 of which were children.

We would like to thank Bookers for their support and also Ros Clayton (a tireless supporter of the FoodBank and other local charities) and Lee Holdaway (Trustee and Director of RMFGC who puts his heart and sole into helping those in need) (pictured below)

Keep up the good work, keep yourselves strong and injury free.

Look forward to seeing you all on the start line.

Kind regards

Lee Holdaway

Race Director

[email protected]


POPPY HALF MARATHON - 54 DAYS TO GO

Hi All,

With less than 2 months to go its time to enter our Poppy Half Marathon – for all those that have already entered once again a big thank you.

The Medal and t-shirt designs are all finalised and the medals themselves are already with us!!

The t-shirts will be ordered nearer race day to give each and every one of you the opportunity to purchase one. As always they make a great momento of the day. You can just order the t-shirt or enter and order all by the clicking the ENTER NOW button.

Once again we have had a successful Bexhill 5k race series which saw the return of our July 5K to the Sussex Grand Prix.

Through this series the charity “Raising Money for Good Causes” raised in excess of £2,800 and now we have our flagship event, the Poppy Half Marathon.

As always we will be keeping you posted on what’s happening in the lead up to this years Half Marathon, which will include again this year the 100K Team Event and the Bergen Half Marathon, both of which proved so popular and successful last year….

Watch this space..

All the best

Lee Holdaway

Race Director

[email protected]


100K ROW CHALLENGE 28TH APRIL 2019

DE LA WARR PAVILION – 100K CHARITY ROW – IN SUPPORT OF HAEMOCHROMATOSIS UK our Charity RMFGC will be matching money raised pound for pound.. we’ve set fund raising at £1000, so please go to

justgiving.com/campaign/100krowchallenge

Four of us are undertaking a huge personal challenge to raise funds and awareness for Haemochromatosis, and we hope you don’t mind us taking the liberty of asking for help and support…. please read on.

Lee Holdaway, Charity Founder and Dad wrote:

“It’s a very sad situation our family has found ourselves in with Paul, a son, brother, husband and father being struck down a couple of years back with this tragic disease at such a young age. He has fought tooth and nail through the pain and heartache, having an operation for a new hip, losing the mobility of his ankles, and the constant daily pain of his joints to say nothing for the mental strength he has needed just to drag himself out of bed and carry on hour by hour. I was so proud when Paul committed to a 100k row charity challenge to help raise funds for and awareness of HAEMOCHROMATOSIS. It will be an honour to row with my son on 28th April, the training and commitment I’ve made to take on such a challenge is a small price to pay, and nothing compared to that which Paul has endured, see you on the rower 28th April .. love you, Dad ”

Anyone who has spent time on the Concept2 rowing machines will appreciate the enormity of the challenge being undertaken. Paul Holdaway and his dad, Lee have put in 6 months of gruelling training. 7hrs constant on one of these bad boys is not for the faint hearted..

They are not alone, close friends James Bennett and Andy Ashby both first time rowers have taken on the challenge of rowing a marathon – 42,195 mtrs… no mean feat in itself.

We will have a spare rower on the day, so please help by coming along to row anything from 1000 meters +, donating £5 to our good cause.. Or donate the £5 and nominate a friend or family member to do the rowing for you.. Or just support this extreme challenge, for this very worthwhile cause and donate through our Justgiving page. Don’t forget we match pound for pound what’s raised..

If you can come along and offer your moral support that too will be greatly appreciated, it will be a long day in the saddle for us guys, but knowing we are making a difference in some way will get us through it I am sure.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Lee Holdaway
Trustee
Race Director


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT CLOSING SOON!

Poppy Half marathon, 10k

and 5K early bird

discounts end 28th

February

Enter Now!

The Poppy Charity Music Festival will be held at 7pm at the De La Warr Pavilion on 9th Nov 2019. Tickets will be going live soon through the De La Warr ticket office and through our online booking system. Watch this space...

Enter Now

We are proud to announce that once again our July 5K Race has been chosen to be part of the Sussex Grand Prix Series. You can sign up to all our Bexhill 5K Races May, June and July by clicking the Enter Now button below.

Enter Now

We are proud to be associated with and supporting the Charity Haemochromatosis UK with a 100,000m Row Challenge!!  For full details and how to offer your support please visit our JustGiving Page below....

JustGiving

Lee Holdaway
Charity Founder
Race Director


IT'S HERE THE 2019 POPPY HALF T-SHIRT DESIGN FINALISED

IT'S HERE!!

OUR 2019 POPPY HALF MARATHON 

COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT DESIGN NOW FINALISED

3 DIFFERENT DESIGNS FOR THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES

THE POPPY HALF MARATHON, 10K AND 5K RUNNERS CAN ORDER THE RED DETAILED T-SHIRT.

THE POPPY HALF MARATHON TEAM ENTRANTS WILL EACH RECEIVE THE GREEN DETAILED T-SHIRT

THE POPPY HALF MARATHON BERGEN RUNNERS WILL EACH RECEIVE THE KHAKI DETAILED T-SHIRT

ALL T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE IN MALE AND FEMALE FIT

SIZES XS, S, M, L AND XL

AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW FROM OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION SERVICE - ACTIVE JUST CLICK THE ENTER BUTTON BELOW ON THE WEBSITE TO REGISTER AND/OR TO PURCHASE YOUR T-SHIRT

​THE WINDOW FOR OUR 25% LOYALTY DISCOUNT ON THE ENTRY FEE IS CLOSING FAST SO ENTER NOW!LEE HOLDAWAY

CHARITY FOUNDER

RACE DIRECTOR


25% DISCOUNT TILL END OF FEBRUARY

 

To all the athletes and runners that have supported us during these past 11 years

"ENTER BEFORE END OF FEBRUARY AND RECEIVE 25% DISCOUNT"

Just enter using the discount code POPPY1925.

Finishers once again will be rewarded with a limited edition commemorative medal. This wonderful medal not only captures Remembrance Day but also brings the historic parts of Bexhill into life.

We are in process of securing artists for our Charity Music Show at the De La Warr Pavilion. This takes place on the evening after the Poppy Half Marathon, so please do come and boogey the night away and support a great cause..

42 weeks till race day, so good luck with your training and racing in 2019 and hopefully see you in November!

Best wishes

Lee Holdaway

Charity Founder

Race Director


Race Results and photos

The Results for all races at this year's Poppy Half Marathon are now available and can be found by CLICKING HERE

Also there are lots of photos of the day taken by Mark Dimmock, and these can be found HERE

Full write up and race report to follow.

 

 


Final Race Information

Thank you for entering the 5k, 10k or 1⁄2 marathon on Nov 10th 2018 and supporting our Charity and also a big thank you helping build a great sports event in our local town of Bexhill.

Thank you to the De La Warr for allowing the races to be based from this iconic building again this year. You can learn more about the DLWP here www.dlwp.co.uk

Format of the Day – Based from De La Warr Pavilion TN40 1DP

Timings for the day are below, each race will aim to start prompt so please ensure you are registered and near the start line! Please note races are for runners only, the courses are laps based on the promenade and unfortunately due to the numbers of runners and course format not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or runners with dogs.

8:45am – 12:15pm REGISTRATION
Registration opens in the De La Warr main hall – For all runners, collect race numbers, timing chips and any ordered T-Shirts or bobble hats etc. You are not required to bring anything to registration, just know your surname!

10am – 5km Race Start (60 mins Cut off)

11am – 10km Race Start (Cut off 90 mins)

12-12:15pm – Kids 1 mile Youth Run & 500m fun run. Registration will be required for the Youth Mile, but No registration needed for 500m just turn up. All Kids will receive a finisher’s medal in both the 500m Fun and competitive 1 mile.

12:15-12:30 – Race start build up! National Anthem sung by Hannah Bradbeer, Last Post, 2 Minutes Silence

12:30pm – Poppy Half Marathon started by the Mayor (Cut off is 3hrs 30 mins and the Half Marathon course is cleared at 4pm)

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 12:15pm prompt for the Half marathon. Ensure you arrive in good time, the team are needed for the pre-race build up from 12:15pm.

Car Parking

There is plenty of parking around Bexhill town and seafront, and it is free. There is a limited amount of parking in the De La Warr car park which is fee paying. We would advise parking around the town and seafront and walking the short distance to the De La Warr Pavilion.

Toilets

There are toilets inside De La Warr Pavilion and also a bank of porta-loo toilets outside around the race start.

Race courses

A map below shows the start / finish, Aid station. Full maps of the 3 races can be found at the race website and relevant distance page. www.poppyhalfmarathon.co.uk

In summary;

5km – 1 x out & back route.

10km – 2 x 5k laps

Half Marathon – 2 x 8km laps followed by a final lap of the 5km course.

All 3 races are held on the promenade, with a small section on South Cliff Road. Some sections will have runners heading in both directions so do make sure you keep to the LEFT throughout the run. The half marathon is also 3 laps so lead runners will catch the slower runners, again please keep to the left and be aware. We would request you don’t use MP3 players during the run, as it stops you hearing marshals and instructions on the course. The courses are laps based on the promenade and not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or dogs etc.

Aid station & post-race food

There will be a Water/Feed station on the promenade by De La Warr. (see map). This year we are supplying 330ml sports cap water bottles at the main water station, please carry with you to stay hydrated. Marshals along the course will have bins and will keep plastic separate to recycle after race day.

5k – runners, no water station – please carry water if you feel you will require it.
10km – Water at 5km (halfway)
Half Marathon – pass the Water Station at 5km / 8km / 13km / 16km. Please carry any additional water /fuel if you need a different race nutrition strategy.

Post-race snacks and drinks will be available after your race in the Marquee outside DLWP. Plus the DLWP café will be open all day for athletes and spectators.

Chip Timing

Timing chip and strap can be collected at registration, please fit around your ANKLE or onto your shoe. Please make sure it is secure. Chips will not read on the mats if they are in
your hand, wrist etc. Chips are handed back in after you cross the finish line. Your official race finish time ticket will be available from the timing desk in the Marquee with the post-race snacks.

Bergen runners

New for 2018, the race is planning to provide a specific tent for the Bergen runners, as well as a ‘weighin’ on the outside stage for the Bergen packs proceeding the start of the Half Marathon. Please listen out for announcements on race morning.

100K Team Challenge

New for 2018, and we are also planning a specific tent for the Team Runners to include your bag drop to enable you to change clothing between races if required.

Trophy Presentations categories

Top 3 – 5km Male & Female
Top 3 – 10k Male & female
Top 5 – Half Marathon Male & Female (including cash prize) Gift prize for 1st 100k Challenge top team

Pacers

Pacers will be in the race for 1hrs 45 mins every 5 mins through to 2hrs 15 mins. Pacers will be wearing yellow Bibs with their guide time displayed on the back, keep an eye out for them!

Pre-post Massage

DW therapy will be providing pre /post-race massage on race day. Cash and card accepted.www.dwsportstherapy.com

Medical

Wealden Medical will be providing medical cover for race day, if you have any issues requiring medical assistance notify the nearest race marshal. Please ensure you are fit and healthy before starting your race, and you are fully aware of the physical exertion you are about to attempt!

We look forward to see you on Saturday 10th November!