A RECORD amount was raised for the Warminster Poppy Appeal from the annual 12-mile Plain Crazy running race.

This year the race was at its full capacity as 250 runners signed up to take part in the charity event on December 30.

A cheque for £1,000 was presented to Lesley Fudge, Warminster’s Poppy Appeal co-ordinator.

The route takes runners from Warminster along the Range Path which runs round the edge of the Army firing zone, then back across the Plain through Imber, taking advantage of the roads there being open over Christmas.

Adam Firks, of Redfish Events who organise the race, said: “This year’s event was really great, there was such a buzz and the weather was great. Everyone was in high spirits.

“It was great to have a record amount of runners.

“We were very pleased with the amount we raised, it’s over double what we raised last year which is amazing.

“The 12-ish mile route itself is quite challenging, especially Cardiac Hill which is known for its steep incline.

“It has been described as hilly, cold, scenic, desolate, windy and can even be snowy.

“All our runners did really well and our stewards and those on the water stations were fantastic.

The race was begun by Warminster man Ted Wilson, who passed the baton onto Redfish Events with the agreement the event would continue to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.

Mr Firks added: “Plain Crazy will always be in aid of the Poppy Appeal, that was our agreement when we took it on.

“It is a great organisation to raise for with Warminster being recognised within the military community. We don’t get many military personnel taking part, but it’s great to be able to raise for a relevant organisation.”

Entry is now open for Plain Crazy on December 29 2019: book in early at www.entrycentral.com/event/109723