Veterans and family members stand side by side to support the armed services

Hundreds of runners flocked to Wollaton Park on Sunday (November 4) to take part in the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Run.

Open to all ages, the money raised by the 5k run will go towards helping veterans transform their lives while they recover from their time in service. 

Despite the cold weather, 650 runners attended the run, with over £88,000 being raised so far over the 10 runs being held around the country.

Poppy Run 2018 Medals hanging at the finish line

Darlington Chik-Nese, a 39-year-old veteran from Stapleford, said getting involved with the Poppy Run is important.

“I’m ex-army myself, served two Iraqi tours and one Afghan. Any work I can do to support the armed services I will,” he said.

“I’ll always answer the call, whether it’s serving a tour or running a 5k. I’ll always be there.”

Ben Warrington, 32, of Derby Road, Nottingham

Ben Warrington, 32, was encouraged to fund raise for the Royal British Legion after losing a close friend during their tour in Afghanistan.

“It was a really rough time, for sure, but coming out here and seeing so many people turn out to support our troops makes it so much easier,” he said.

“We’re all in it together, really. I lost someone, but I know they’d think it was worth it to see all these people honouring them in a country that’s safe.”

Nottingham Regiment’s Bugler looks on at the crowd during the minutes silence

If you would like to donate to the Poppy Appeal, call 08458 451945.

Or text POPPY to 70020 to donate £3.