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...

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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.

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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!

 

 


RACE SOLD OUT - ENTRIES CLOSED

This year’s Poppy Half Marathon, Poppy 10k and Poppy 5K have now sold out, and entries have been closed.  Thank you so much to all those who have supported this event, and we look forward to seeing you on the start line.


Race Information

RACE INFORMATION

Just letting everyone know full Race Information will be up on the Website and emailed out to all entrants early in the week beginning 5th November, 2018.


Less than 11 days to go...

LESS THAN 11 DAYS TO GO:

Firstly can I say a big thank you to everyone who has entered, your support has been overwhelming.

For those of you still undecided time is running out, the race is nearly full, less than 100 places left so looks like we will be closing the entries over this coming weekend.  So make sure of your place and enter now.

STATISTICS

Some interesting statistics for you … the average age of entrants over the 3 distances is 43, the oldest 84 and the youngest 13!!  We have an international flavour with entries coming from as far afield as Australia and USA!!

RACE INFORMATION

Race information will be up on the website next week.  We email direct the athletes who have entered.  A reminder to you all that Race Numbers, Timing Chips, T-shirts etc are collected on the day at registration.

Registration opens at 8.30 am at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill TN40 1DP

5K starts 10.00 am

10K starts 11.00 am

12.00 to 12.15 pm Kids 500m fun run and Youth Golden Mile

12.15 pm:

National Anthem sung by Hannah Bradbeer (X-Factor)

Last Post

2 minute silence

12.30 pm Poppy Half Marathon – Started by the Mayor

SHOUT OUTS!!

Keep your SHOUT OUTS coming, let us have your stories, anything you would like to have a shout out about on the day, special occasion, reason for running anything like that and we will be happy to give it a mention.

++ URGENT ++ CALLING ALL MARSHALS

We are calling out to all those able and willing to Marshal at this year’s Race, whether you can be there for a couple of hours or the whole day, just let us know! and we will find a job for you. All the jobs are in and around the De La Warr Pavilion itself.  So if any of you have friends or relatives travelling with you who won’t mind lending a hand, let us know.

Look after yourselves in these last two weeks, don’t let that good training go to waste …

Lee Holdaway

Charity Trustee

Race Director


17 days to go....

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.

DEMOGRAPHICS

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 …

++URGENT REQUEST++

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.

SPECIAL EDITION T-SHIRTS

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.

 

WW1 BERGEN CHALLENGE

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.

100K TEAM CHALLENGE

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.

PACERS

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.

RACE INFORMATION

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.

CHARITY MUSIC FEST

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.

 

MASSIVE SHOUT OUT TO OUR SPONSORS – THEY HAVE BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE.

 

Lee Holdaway

Charity Trustee/Race Director