Start switch resolves Remembrance Day clash

PLANS for the Rasen 10k race event have been changed after the clash with Remembrance Sunday was highlighted in the Market Rasen Mail.

As reported in the June 1 edition, the race was timed to start at 11.05am, but after concerns were raised by members of the Royal British Legion and other uniformed groups, the time has now been put back to 12.30pm.

Secretary of the Tealby and Market Rasen Branch of the Royal British Legion, Les Tranter said he welcomed the change.

“We accept that it is now too late to change the date of the fun run but can agree to the compromise of the change of timing to 12.30pm,” he said.

“We also accept there was no intention to cause offence nor was there any disrespect for Remembrance Sunday meant and accept the apology for any upset they may have caused.

“We are happy that the district council has taken our objections on board and are pleased to note that any future runs of this nature will not be held on this day.

“As a branch we wish them luck with the event and hope the weather holds for them and us.”

The event is just one of three events set up as part of the first ever West Lindsey Running Series, organised by West Lindsey District Council and TSS Events Limited based in Saxilby.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council Burt Keimach is urging everyone to support the event, which has been advertised nationally.

He said: “We are delighted to host this event in the district, which we hope will attract runners from across the country.

“The 10k run in Market Rasen is the biggest and last stop of the run series so we hope everyone will come together to support this event.

“We have apologised to the Royal British Legion for the mix-up with the event taking place on the same day and we will make sure we avoid the date when organising runs in the future.

“We have changed the start time of the event to make sure those taking part in the Remembrance Sunday Parade with the British Legion have the opportunity to take part.

“A two-minute silence will be held at the Market Rasen Racecourse at 11am on the day and collection buckets for the Royal British Legion will be available at the racecourse and we would welcome donations large or small for this excellent cause.”

Participants will also be encouraged to wear poppies for the event.

For more details or to book a place on the run please visit: www.westlindseyrunseries.co.uk.