Remembrance Sunday run plans stir up anger

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PLANS to stage a 10k race in Market Rasen on Remembrance Sunday have met with some criticism.

The event is part of the series of races being staged by West Lindsey District Council, as exclusively revealed by the Market Rasen Mail.

Many potential participants of the Market Rasen 10k are involved with the town’s Remembrance Parade and say they are disappointed with the organisers’ choice of date.

“They must have known it was Remembrance Sunday,” said a member of the St John Ambulance

“Did they not realise the significance of the day and what lots of people would be doing?”

A spokesman for the organisers said it was almost impossible to stage the race without clashing with another local event.

November 13 had been chosen after consultation with the police on road closures and the race route did not impact on the observance of Remembrance Day.

However, the date was not set in stone and in future years the race date could be moved around and early notification would be given to competitors.

“As a mark of respect on Remembrance Day the race will start at 11.05am to allow a two-minute silence which we will ask all competitors to observe,” he said .

“There will also be a collection for the Royal British Legion poppy fund.”