On Sunday 22nd of March a group of Y Services reservists once again took part in the Lincoln 10km road race to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
The numbers were a little down on last year but that is perhaps no big surprise when one considers that the entry fee for this supposed charity event has now reached a ridiculous 28 pounds per head which the runners very generously pay out of their own pockets.
Left to Right - Jez Bailey, Jim Reeves, Monty Mountford, Gill Bennett
Your Chairman, Dennis Weir, had made the probably very wise decision to retire from active participation in the
run and instead took on the less onerous task of being the Team Manager. Dennis was also very well supported by
neighbour and drinking buddy, Kevan Dixon, who provided all the necessary logistic support.
The team’s efforts followed the plan, developed over nearly ten years of participation in this event – effectively a mixture of bucket rattling and a lot of shouting at the crowd which lined the streets of uphill Lincoln.
The fact that team numbers were down to four meant that the runners each had to carry a bucket for 5 kms. That is quite a strenuous challenge and it is thus very commendable that they completed the race in 1 hr 4 mins which is by some margin the fastest ever achieved by our fundraisers over the years.
The support team – Dennis, Jenny and Kevan were strategically positioned at a key point along the course to allow the runners to lighten their load by emptying their buckets into a very large rucksack.
Monty spots the support team
Monty lightening the load
Jez empties his bucket
Gill and Jez pose for a break at 7kms
With the race complete and medals collected, the team adjourned to the local pub for the traditional money counting session.
Counting the money
Gill supps whilst Kevan counts
Despite the fact that reduced numbers meant that this year we were only able to deploy two buckets the collection still managed to raise a very good total of
And we can add to that amount a further
donated through our Branch Just Giving Page.
Making a fine total of
On behalf of the Branch, many sincere thanks for all of you who supported this fine effort.
Perhaps more of us might like to get actively or passively involved in this fundraising effort next year.