Take on a marathon challenge in 2019

We’re appealing to supporters to challenge themselves and take part in the 2019 Brighton half and full marathons.

Taking part in running events like the marathon helps us to raise vital funds year-on-year to improve the lives of sick children in Sussex.

Rockinghorse supporters can take part in the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 24 February 2019. The popular 13.1-mile event is the first major half marathon in the running calendar, with a mainly flat course along the seafront that starts and finishes on Madeira Drive.

The Brighton Marathon is the second-largest in the UK and takes place on Sunday 14 April 2019. Participants will have access to a 26-mile closed-road route through the city and beyond, with fantastic views of the stunning Sussex coastline.

Both running events have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local and national charities. Last year alone, those taking part in the Brighton half and full marathons for Rockinghorse raised over £32,000 for our work to support the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) and neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU).

Your support next year will help us continue to fund ongoing projects at children’s centres and paediatric services across the county, including the Alex and TMBU in Brighton.

If you’re an amateur or first-time runner, please do consider signing-up to join our Brighton half and full marathon teams in 2019. We are able to provide you with support throughout your training and you can benefit from our exclusive charity partnership with Run Brighton and Reach Physiotherapy.

Louise Bartha, Appeals & Trusts Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse (pictured above), took up running almost two years ago and has gone on to complete both the Brighton half and full marathons. She says:

“Working at Rockinghorse meant that, for many years, my experience of the Brighton Marathon had been very firmly on the side lines. As part of our charity cheering squad, I watched in awe of the amazing people running 26.2 miles for causes they cared about.

“It seemed like a super-human feat, one that was unachievable for anyone with less than an Olympic level of fitness and a running talent to match Mo Farah. Then, following a health scare, I signed up to run Brighton Marathon the following spring to celebrate Rockinghorse’s 50th anniversary. Life just felt too short to fear something I really wanted to do, and I was determined to conquer the distance.

“However, as a non-runner I did not have a clue about training. Thankfully I was recommended Run Brighton, whose expertise, support and organised runs for all abilities proved to be the perfect solution.

“Every Sunday, I joined the group runs where everyone encouraged each other to stay on track with their goals. I was also provided with weekly training plans to ensure I would be up to distance required by marathon day.  I must admit, getting up to log the miles on cold, dark winter mornings was tough, but joining a group and signing up to run for a charity were the biggest motivations to keep going.

“I ran Brighton Marathon in 2017 and I came away with so much more than a marvellous medal and very sore legs. I now love running and I have completed several other races around the UK. I am training for next year’s London Marathon and I know Run Brighton will, once again, get me race ready.  So, what’s stopping you from signing up to run for Rockinghorse? I promise you will feel epic when you cross that finish line, and you will have earned enough bragging rights to last a lifetime!”

Registration for the Brighton Half Marathon is £35 and we are asking those signing up to take part, raise £250 in sponsorship. Registration for the Brighton Marathon is just £49 with an additional pledge of £450 to be raised in sponsorship towards our ongoing projects in Sussex.

With marathon places already sold out, running for charity entitles you to a guaranteed place in the race. To find out more, call our Challenge Events Fundraising Manager, Hannah, on 01273 330044 or email hannah.seltzer@rockinghorse.org.uk.

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