Early risers run for Rockinghorse

Brighton welcomed the very first Run 5.30 event to the city last month (Friday 21 July), raising money for Rockinghorse.

350 participants woke as the sun rose to take part in the 5.3k race through the streets of Brighton, which began on New Road at 5.30am.

Run 5.30 is an Italian phenomenon taking the country by storm. Since it began in 2009, the event has become one of the main running events in nine cities across Italy, reaching a total of 35,000 participants. Brighton played host to its first-ever UK Run 5.30 event and we were delighted to be chosen as the official charity partner.

The race raised almost £620 towards our 50th year appeal, ‘Sussex Giving for Sussex Children’. £1 from each sign-up was donated by Run 5.30, with additional funds raised by the runners themselves. Those taking part in the event included Rockinghorse Chief Executive Ryan Heal, Schools & Community Fundraiser Liz McCluskey, and our Appeals & Trusts Fundraiser Louise Bartha.

Hannah Seltzer, Events Fundraising Co-ordinator at Rockinghorse, said: “A huge thank you to the team at Run 5.30 who supported Rockinghorse through this fantastic event. Big thanks also to everyone who woke up bright and early to take on the 5.3km run at 5.30am – I’ve never seen so many smiles that early in the morning! It was a wonderful atmosphere and we are so grateful for the support.”

Rockinghorse aims to raise £500,000 in 2017 which will be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services across Sussex. To find out more about the projects we’re supporting, please click here.

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