Early morning fun run raises funds for Rockinghorse

On Friday 20 July, over 450 people ran, jogged and walked through Brighton’s city centre streets and seafront promenade for the Run 5.30 challenge.

The early morning fun run was founded in Italy ten years ago, to promote a positive lifestyle centred on daily physical activity and healthy eating. The event made its debut in Brighton last year and we are delighted to be the official charity partner.

Participants enjoyed a closed road 5.3km route through the iconic South Lanes at 5.30am, and a locally sourced breakfast after finishing in the beautiful Royal Pavilion Gardens.

Sergio Bezzanti, founder of Run 5.30, said: “After the very special welcome from the participants and local businesses in 2017, we decided to come back to Brighton to celebrate Run 5.30’s 10-year anniversary. The response has been fantastic! It’s been a wonderful event that brought the community together to enjoy some early morning exercise regardless of their ability. Everyone was full of energy and carried a big smile despite the early start. We loved it and we look forward to coming back in 2019.”

Filippo Ciampini from Run 5.30, added: “Our thanks to the Rockinghorse team and their wonderful volunteers who joined us at 5.30am last Friday. We’re proud to support Rockinghorse children’s charity, who work tirelessly to raise funds for life-saving equipment and items to help make a young person’s stay in hospital that little bit better. We look forward to helping them raise even more funds in 2019.”

Run 5.30 organisers and participants raised almost £1,500 for Rockinghorse, with funds raised being donated towards the purchase of ventilators to support the High Dependency Unit at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, of which we are the official fundraising arm.

Hannah Seltzer, Challenge Events Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, said: “A huge thank you to the team from Run 5.30 and to everyone who took part in the event to raise money for Rockinghorse. We hugely appreciate the fantastic support received and are already looking forward to next year!”

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