Charity trek for poppy appeal

Paul Johnston and his team at the Poppy Appeal trek raising �1k
Paul Johnston and his team at the Poppy Appeal trek raising �1k

A former RAF serviceman was among a team of six Doncaster Council workers who took on a 10k charity trek to raise more than £1,000 for the Poppy Appeal.

Paul Johnston, of Town Moor, used his service skills to take on the Military Challenge at the Brigg 10k Poppy Race – completing the gruelling course wearing boots and carrying a backpack weighing 36lbs.

Paul, aged 51, a town centre ambassador at Doncaster Council, was joined by colleagues Gavin Pawson, Chris Orton, Shaz Wood, Liam Wood and Alex Kirk – competing under the team name Spiderpigs.

He said: “It was tough because I’ve not run for a long time – but it was worth it.

“It’s a charity that is close to my heart and we were all really impressed with how much we managed to raise.

“Everyone completed the course and it can’t have been that bad because we’re thinking about doing it again next year.”

Money raised goes directly to the legion’s welfare work, providing through-life care to anyone who currently serves in the British Armed Forces, or who has previously served, and their families.

This year more than 430 took part in the annual Brigg 10k Poppy Race, organised by the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion, with proceeds going to the appeal.

Organisers hailed the event, now in its fifth year, a roaring success.

Paul Elsom, branch secretary and race director, said: “We have raised a lot more this year than in previous years. We had more runners this year – more than 430 took part.”

To donate, visit uk. and search for Paul Johnston.