BUXTON POPPY APPEAL: Run to remember hailed a success

Mayor Stewart Young starts the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run
Mayor Stewart Young starts the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

Runners of all ages ran around Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

This was the first year for the Poppy Run and organiser Michael Grey MBE was thrilled with the turnout.

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

The 64-year-old served in the armed forces for 30 years, achieving the rank of colonel.

He said: “We raised £700 and had 72 runners, which for a first-time event was rather impressive.”

The retiring president of the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion is also a keen runner and wanted to create an event which could continue year on year.

Runners as young as ten and all the way up to the age of 66 took on the five kilometre challenge, which saw them run three times around the central pathways of the gardens.

Mayor Stewart Young congratulates Ellie Pollard first of the one lap runners in the poppy appeal run

Mayor Stewart Young congratulates Ellie Pollard first of the one lap runners in the poppy appeal run

Michael said: “Supporting the Royal British Legion is a cause very close to my heart as I watched my men die in the horrors of war.

“The Legion is brilliant because not only does it help the families of wounded or killed soldiers, it works to preserve the memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom in the first and second world wars.”

High Peak Mayor Stewart Young officially opened the race, which was sponsored by the Legion and Buxton Athletics Club.

Mayor Stewart Young congratulates Elliot Meylan the first runner to complete the full three laps

Mayor Stewart Young congratulates Elliot Meylan the first runner to complete the full three laps

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

The start of the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

One of the medals from the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run

One of the medals from the inaugural British Legion poppy appeal run