The Royal British Legion’s runners will be among thousands of people turning out for the Great South Run in Portsmouth on 27 October – and the charity is calling for more volunteers to don their running gear and join the Legion team!

Legion runners will be raising money in support of the Poppy Appeal, which helps provide the £1.6 million the Legion spends each week in direct support for members of the Armed Forces, past, present and their families. Up to 80 Legion runners will be among the 21,000 people taking part in this premier running event, including athletes, celebrities and those in fancy dress.

The Royal British Legion’s Community Fundraising Manager for the South Christine Chatfield, said: “We’ve got a total of 80 places, and it would be a huge shame if any go to waste, so please join us for this great day out, raise some sponsorship and help the Legion support the Armed Forces.

“We are so grateful to our fundraisers and really do want to treat them as VIPs so this year our runners will have access to the Run Marquee and a massage at the end. The Poppy Appeal 2013 is aiming to raise £37 million to support the Legion’s vital work for the Armed Forces community, and with the generous support of people across the South I know we can reach it.”.

This is only the 3rd year that the Legion has taken part in the run and the charity is proud to be represented among the runners. The Great South Run Weekend is open to the whole family and will comprise both a 10 mile course and a 5km run, with Mini and Junior South Runs on the Saturday.

The BUPA Great South Run takes places every year over a fast, flat coursein Portsmouth. The route covers Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, including Spinnaker Tower and HMS Victory.