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Remembrance runs

 

For the second year running Boston Triathlon Club dedicated its regular Thursday night training session at PRSA to commemorating fallen service personnel.

On Thursday 8th November the club set out to run team relays around the 400 meter athletics track with the aim of reaching 100 miles in the hour long session to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Regular senior and junior club members, parents of junior members, family and friends turned out to take part and show their respects. In total fifty eight athletes were out on track all wearing poppies for the occasion. The total which had seemed a tall order earlier in the week was smashed. In total 880 laps of the track were completed in the hour, a distance of 220 miles, equal to the distance between Boston and Ypres in Belgium. On the night the club raised a total of £250 for the Royal British Legion.

The club committee would like to say a massive thank you all those who came alone to support.

Boston Triathlon Club member Ellen Smith has more understanding than most for the need to honour the sacrifices service personnel and their families make to defend the nation. Ellen has three brothers serving in the armed forces, her father served in the Royal Navy and her grandfather also served. So on Remembrance Sunday Ellen put her running shoes back on to take part in the Boston & District Athletic Club organised Poppy Run in aid of the Royal British Legion. The 5 mile course starts just outside the B-Hive on Punchbowl lane and runs along the bank of the North Forty Foot, down Middle Drove and back to the B-Hive along PunchBowl lane. The run however was not about times or personal achievements, rather a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifice made by others.

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