The Royal British Legion is calling on supporters to take part in this year’s Run2Remember, a charity run helping to raise money for the Legion’s important work for the Armed Forces community, and honour those who have given their lives in Service

On the day before Remembrance Sunday, when people across UK remember the fallen, Run2Remember will welcome runners of all ages and abilities, including Serving and ex-Service people. Setting off at 11am on Saturday 9th November in Lydiard Park just outside Royal Wootton Bassett (near Swindon), the run now in its second year, aims to field a packed turn out.

The Legion’s Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne said: “Last year we had almost 450 runners and this year we are planning to have even more. We welcome anyone and everyone who wants to show their support for a fantastic cause, whether remembering a loved one or backing those currently serving in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

“Whatever gear you want to wear – running kit, uniform or even fancy dress, and however you want to run, as a team or individually – you’ll be helping make this an enjoyable yet poignant occasion while standing shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve.”

This year, as well as the usual 11km circuit and a 1.1km route, a new 5km circuit will provide another option for those with different running preferences. The Defence Academy’s Military Wives Choir will be performing before the race starts, sending runners on their way in style, and then joining the run themselves

Teams from all the Services will also be on the start line for this colourful event. In 2012 the Armed Forces turn-out included The Joint Services Command and Staff College, the RAF Support Helicopter Squadrons and the Army Cadet Force.

Last year, with a time of 39 mins 13 seconds, Trooper Alan Cridland from 21 Signal Regiment was the first to pass through the finish line – followed by 11 Regimental team-mates.

Lee Stuart, who was in the Royal Marines for 15 years, will be doing a military-style warm up for all participants before the race. Lee has helped some of the UK’s most elite Armed Forces get battle fit. He knows from personal experience how much the Legion’s support can change lives.

Each week, the Legion spends £1.6 million providing direct support to members of the Armed Forces community past and present and their families.

For further information about Run2Remember, and to sign up and run ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ in Run2Remember, visit the or call 0845 845 1945.