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Complaints as run booked for same time as remembrance service again.


A FANCY dress fun run has been booked in a Cardiff park at the same time as the national Remembrance Sunday service and national two-minute silence to honour the fallen for the second year running. War veterans and runners have complained again that the clash is disrespectful and say they hope the date of Movember Mo Run will be changed next year on the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the Movember MoRun mini run on Sunday, November 12, at 10.30am, the 5k at 11.10am and the 10k at 11.30am while the Remembrance Day service, attended by dignitaries including First Minister Carwyn Jones, takes place a few hundred yards away at the Wales national cenotaph.

The Remembrance Sunday service begins in Alexandra Gardens at 10.58am while those paying their respects and parades gather shortly before.

Army Reservist Dave Munson, from Cardiff, who lost comrades serving in Bosnia and at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, said he could not believe the two events were being held in the same park at the same time again.

Mr Munson said: "It is so disrespectful. It will be a disaster if this happens again next year on the centenary of the end of WWI. There is so much time to organise this. Why not hold the run later in the day?" Kevin Fulthorpe, a sergeant PT instructor at the Royal Air Force Reserve in Cardiff, and a keen runner who has himself done the MoRun in the past, said the date was wrong.

He said: "There's nothing wrong with running in fancy dress and comedy moustaches, but not when the official Remembrance Sunday service for Wales is taking place nearby and people are paying respects to those who have lost their lives.

"Knocking the start time on by a few minutes and claiming people will be paying their respects on the start line, as they're dressed up in comedy running gear, is insulting nonsense."

MoRun raises awareness and funds for Men's Health through its charity partner, the Movember Foundation.

A spokesman for MoRun said: "The Cardiff MoRun was changed in 2016 to start after 11am and to ensure we had the twominute silence. This was approved by the Royal British Legion and Cardiff council. The same will happen this year, as agreed with the council. However, we have also placed the event hub further away at Blackweir, so even less noise issues are likely. "We completely respect Remembrance Sunday and will always ensure we make appropriate announcements to reflect this and to commemorate the day with the two minute silence."

Cardiff council, which is responsible for booking both events at its park, said it was satisfied the MoRun would be respectful.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Peter Bradbury, said: "The council will work with the Mo-Running organisers to ensure the event is respectful of the Remembrance Day service."


A previous MoRun at Bute Park, CardiffRICHARD SWINGLER

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 13, 2017
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