A DAY of fun and running will be held by Blackheath’s Royal British Legion in a bid to raise funds for the branch and its poppy appeal.

On Saturday morning (July 29), the legion will hold its first ever fun run at Britannia Park in Rowley Regis.

There will be two stages to the run, with the first 5km being for the more serious runners and starts at 10.30am – with registration from 9.45 – and the second 5km starting at 11.30am for those who wish to take a more leisurely pace.

Entry to the event, where the winner will receive a trophy, costs £5 and is free for under 12s. Runners do not need to raise sponsorship, but proceeds will go to the branch’s annual Poppy Appeal collection.

Following the run, the legion move to the Sir Robert Peel pub, in Birmingham Road, for its annual family fun day.

During the event, which starts at 1pm, there will be a free bouncy castle, barbecue and tombola where proceeds will be collected for the branch's activities.

Mark Spilsbury, branch secretary of Blackheath Royal British Legion, said: “We have ran the fun day for the past four years and it always proves very popular with all.”