Entries to the Brighton Half Marathon 2018 are now open – sign up to get savings on one of the UK’s favourite half marathons!
Race day for 2018 will be on Sunday 25th February so add the date to your calendar.
You run the Brighton Half Marathon.
We’re in a race to beat dementia.
Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
You decide to run for us.
We’re right behind you.
When you run for us, you run with the support of a dedicated team.
You’ll tackle the home straight like a pro.
We’ll take research in a new direction.
By running the Brighton Half for us, we can continue to deliver ground-breaking research. Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity funding dementia research into a cure, cause, prevention and care.
£50 could help us investigate how one type of dementia develops by paying to grow one day’s worth of nerve cells in a lab.
£250 could accelerate the search for an effective treatment for vascular dementia by paying for a year’s worth of clinical trial drugs.
£380 could allow a researcher find out more about a specific type of dementia and how we might treat it by studying a person’s genes for a day.
Let’s take on dementia together. Sign up to run the 2018 Brighton Half Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society.
Get in touch
We always love hearing from you. Please contact the Events Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 333 0804 if you have any questions at all. We hope to welcome you to the team soon!
Over the last two years of The Grand Brighton Half Marathon, Team Beacon has rapidly grown and over 460 runners have fundraised £66,000 for The Sussex Beacon! Thanks to their dedicated support and generosity, we have been able to give specialist care and support to many people living with HIV.
This incredible accomplishment deserves a celebration. That’s why we have listened to our runners, and have made exciting new plans to maximise the race day experience for Team Beacon. With a brand new substantially bigger team marquee for 2018, we can provide our runners with exclusive baggage area, separate toilets, massage facilities, catering, post-race reception and much more – all in one place in the race village! Thanks to our new sponsor Glencairn Consulting Ltd, our runners will also receive their superb technical Team Beacon running vest straight to their door, so they can train proudly in their team colours. Fundraising resources, competitions, training runs and race day information is just a few taps away with our Brighton Half Marathon Team Beacon Facebook Group, where runners can ask questions and share training tips. All runners will be supported by our Challenge Events Fundraiser, Rosie, from the moment they sign up, to the moment they receive their personalised celebratory certificate in March 2018.
Plans are underway for an unmissable cheer squad, to make some noise for our Team Beacon runners on the course. If you, your friends or family would like to be part of the fun, email our Challenge Events Fundraiser at email@example.com who will be in touch with further information closer to race day.
The Sussex Beacon needs you!
Over 100,000 people live with HIV in the UK, a number which increases every day. With daily medication people living with HIV can lead normal lives, however many suffer with psychological effects and HIV-related illnesses, such as cancer and dementia. The complex combination of HIV and related illnesses require specialist treatment. Brighton has the 2nd highest HIV prevalence in the UK, and access to specialist care and support is vital. With a 10-bed inpatient unit, The Sussex Beacon provides 24 hour medical and psychological care to people struggling with a new diagnosis, starting new medication, recovering from HIV-related cancer treatment and dementia, requiring family services and end of life care. Most of all, it provides a safe, comforting place for patients in their time of need. You can help us continue to offer support to those who need it most.
Situated on Brighton’s famous seafront (and on our course route), The Grand is one of the most famous buildings in the city, loved by locals and visitors alike. Built in 1864, it’s a luxury Victorian hotel featuring a day spa and its own seafood restaurant, GB1. It is also a fabulous venue for meetings and conferences in the city, with 13 meeting spaces and holding gold accreditation from the Meetings Industry Association.
As our new headline sponsor, The Grand Brighton will be able to give back to the Brighton community in supporting our runners and their fundraising efforts.
Andrew Mosley, General Manager at The Grand Brighton, says: “We are so excited to be the headline sponsor of The Brighton Half Marathon in 2018. As a business, it is so important that we give back to our local community and show support of fantastic and impactful local events such as the half marathon. It is such a popular race, enjoyed by so many residents of Brighton and beyond, and most importantly the funds raised each year make such a difference to so many people.”
The Brighton Half Marathon’s Race Director, Martin Harrigan, adds: “Our new partnership with The Grand is the culmination of a long-term working relationship and we are incredibly excited that they will be the new headline sponsor for the Brighton Half Marathon for the next three years.
“As a business, The Grand Brighton has a passion for running, and over the years they have shown their commitment to the city of Brighton & Hove and their support for community based events – values which we, as an event owned and delivered by a local charity, find incredibly important.
“For the race team, this partnership is a big vote of confidence in our plans for the race, and it provides a fantastic platform to enable us to continue to develop the event over the next three years.”
Whether you want to smash a track session or build your speed endurance for pacey runs like 5K and 10K, here are 14 speed sessions to get your heart pounding. Mix pure speed sessions with speed endurance sessions to unlock your running potential across all distances.
7 sessions for ultimate speed
If you want to boost your speed for track races or just for the love of sprinting, concentrate on shorter reps.
7 sessions for speed endurance
Longer intervals are the perfect grounding for running longer distances faster and getting your body primed to make adaptations (and get used to discomfort of speedwork) so you can go faster for longer.
Entries to the Brighton Half Marathon 2018 are now open – sign up to get savings on one of the UK’s favourite half marathons!
Race day for 2018 will be on Sunday 25th February so add the date to your calendar.
For the next four weeks you can sign up for £35 affiliated (UK Athletics runners) and £37 unaffiilated, so be sure to take advantage of the early bird price.
Stuart Hawkes was close behind in 1:08:43, while Neil Boniface from Horsham Joggers followed to claim third place.
Course record holder and four times winner Paul Martelletti unfortunately had to withdraw from the race following a last minute injury but he joined the commentary team to report on the elite race. Sussex runner Kevin Rojas, also a regular on the podium in previous years, also had to sadly withdraw his entry in the race, leaving the race an open field this morning.
In the women’s elite race, Eleanor Davis from Newquay Road Runners stole the show, taking home a course record in a time of 1:14:26, while Emily Proto from Arena 80 followed in a time of 1:21:27 and Sarah Hill took third place in 1:21:32.
Brand-new for 2017, this year’s event included a Wheelchair Race, with eight entrants from around the UK. Rob Smith took first place in the inaugural men’s race, in a time of 1:14:23, while Yasmin Somers came first in the women’s race in a time of 1:49:05.
Despite the best efforts of Storm Doris midweek, race village is starting to take shape down on Madeira Drive. With more high winds forecast today (before settling down again for tomorrow), for safety reasons we have decided to go for the option of providing a baggage area that is not covered.
Baggage will be in the same location as it usually is (at the bottom of Duke’s Mound), enclosed and secure, but we suggest that you bring along a waterproof bag or bin liner just in case – and of course our normal advice remains on not carrying expensive personal items that might get lost around race village.
See you tomorrow!
To help you get set for race day – and recover afterwards – our brilliant physio partner Sundial Clinics are offering all VBHM 2017 runners a free 20 minute runner’s MOT and 20% off massage before and after Sunday’s race.
Simply show your race confirmation email, race number (or medal after the race) to take part in the offer.
Sundial Clinics have two chiropractic and physiotherapy clinics in Brighton – one on Queen’s Road close to Brighton train station and one in Kemp Town – plus one clinic in London. Find out more and book a treatment here.
Don’t forget too that you can book a massage on race day. Drop-ins will be available, subject to availability, and you can book ahead (up to Friday 24th Feb) in our Shop.
This race day, look out for the brilliant entertainment from our partner The Grand Brighton‘s Community Stage. Entertainment runs from 9.30am — 12pm in front of the hotel (which is close to miles 7 & 12 on the course – see map here). If you’re running the race you can’t miss the entertainment as you’ll run straight past, and it’s also an ideal place for any spectators. Here’s the line up:
9.30am – Introduction from Jennie Castell
9.45am – Traditional Charleston Dancing from Savoy Kicks
9.55am – Learn some moves with the Savoy Kicks with a Mini
10.15am – Bird Studios Stage School
10.40am – Popular music from Will Mavin
11am – Bird Studios Zumba Troupe / Street Dance Group
11.20am – Samba from Marta Scott Dance Company
11.50am – Finale performance from singer Jennie Castell
Please note that all entertainment is subject to weather conditions.
We’re very pleased to announce that Brighton local DJ Norman Cook – aka Fat Boy Slim – will be the official starter of the race this year.
Norman, one of the city’s most famous residents, will sound the starting claxon at 9am on race day to get the 13.1 mile race around the city underway.
A keen runner himself, Norman is very familiar with the 13.1 mile route, as he has run the race on numerous occasions. In 2016, Norman ran for the charity Young Epilepsy and this year he will once again run the race, after his official race starter duties have ended.
Norman commented: “As a keen runner, Brighton local and seasoned Brighton Half Marathoner, I’m hugely looking forward to starting the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017. The race is renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and each and every year the crowd support throughout the route is just fantastic. The race really brings the city together. It’s great to see so many people – especially those new to running and those running for charities – taking on the challenge of 13.1 miles. Bring on 26th Feb!”
Our Race Director Martin commented: “We’re thrilled that Norman Cook will sound the starting claxon this year to get runners on their way around the city. He’s been a big supporter of the race for years, so it’s brilliant to have him waving runners on for their half marathon journey. We’ll make sure he conserves his energy though as he’ll be joining the crowds to run the race himself!”
Standard entries closed over the summer, but runners keen to enter can still sign up to run for charity. But you’ll need to be quick – charity places close on Sunday 29th January.
Rockinghorse are recruiting runners to take part in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon in 2017 to celebrate their Golden Jubilee and help raise funds for their Sussex Giving for Sussex Children appeal.
2017 represents the Golden Jubilee for the charity – a time for celebration and continuing to make a real impact on the lives of local children.
Rockinghorse intend to allocate 10 centres and services in Sussex each with £50,000 to help them improve, refurbish, and develop their environment for the young people benefitting from their work. By supporting services across Sussex we can continue the legacy of the work of Rockinghorse, enabling them to support children and young people for the next 50 years.
By taking part in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon and supporting Rockinghorse, we can continue to collectively ensure children’s services across Sussex are the best they possibly can be for our children now and in the future.
James Reilly took part in the Brighton Half Marathon in 2016 for Rockinghorse and raised just over £1,750. Here’s his story…
“Our Daughter Matilda arrived on 11th September 2015, nearly 8 weeks early. It was very sudden which meant that my wife Jenni was not able to get the full dose of steroid treatment to make sure Matilda’s lungs were fully matured before she gave birth. So Matilda had a pretty hard first six weeks in this world!
“Immediately after she was born, Matilda was treated by the Doctors and Nurses at the Special Care Baby Unit, in Haywards Heath, to make sure she was getting enough oxygen to stabilise her before being transferred to The Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton by the Neonatal Transport Team.
“Once at the TMBU, Matilda spent her first 3-4 days in Neonatal Intensive care having been classed as having Respiratory Distress Syndrome. She needed a ventilator and then an OptiFlow machine, both of which helped her little lungs inflate fully and allowed her to get the right amount of oxygen. She also needed phototherapy to treat some Jaundice and a feeding tube so she could grow.
“Later in the week she was downgraded and moved to the High Dependency Ward at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. It was there that she had her first proper breaths in normal air and we began to think about taking her back to SCBU in Haywards Heath and hoped, soon, to take her home.
“Unfortunately, after settling in at the SCBU, Matilda caught a virus and had to go back on OptiFlow breathing support. She then spent a further 7 weeks at the SCBU as the virus really knocked her little lungs which were already pretty weak. Thankfully, a couple of months later, Matilda was given the all clear and is no longer on the oxygen at all.
“I know that must seem far more detail than necessary but I just wanted to mention all the major events in her life so far and the support she received are because the ventilator, the transport incubator, the phototherapy equipment, the drugs, the OptiFlow, the heated cot, the monitoring equipment, the staff, and all the other bits all cost money. Lots of it and, yes the NHS provide some of this, but lots of it is also provided by charities such as Rockinghorse.
“The whole team of Doctors, Nurses and support staff that work in the Alex, SCBU and TMBU do as close a thing to “God’s Work” as I have ever seen and are supported in doing this by this fantastic Charity.
“The equipment that they provide definitely saved Matilda’s life and made her, and us as parents, more comfortable and so I ask, if you can, please take part in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon and give something back for what they have done for me, Jenni and our beautiful, strong, amazing little girl Matilda.
From James, Jenni and Matilda”
To sign up to run the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon for Team Rockinghorse, please contact their Events Fundraising Co-ordinator, Hannah Seltzer on 01273 330044 or email Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Christmas morning, 124,000 children in Britain woke up homeless. Shocking, isn’t it? By running the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon for Shelter you could help make sure that this year, they have somewhere safe to call home.
Every year, Shelter supports millions of people facing bad housing or homelessness, giving them free and expert advice.
In the video below, you can hear from Kimberley, who talks about her family’s experience of spending Christmas without a home.
The support Shelter gives its runners is hard to beat. They’ll do everything they can to help you prepare for race day and to meet your fundraising target.
As a Shelter runner, you’ll receive:
Interested in running for Team Shelter in 2017? Sign up here today.
Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire. They provide specialist palliative care and support to babies, children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions and support for their families.
They offer a range of services which include pain control, symptom relief, skilled nursing care, counselling, spiritual care, physiotherapy, and bereavement support for families and relatives. They also have some fantastic facilities at the hospice, including a hydrotherapy pool, music room, cinema room, multi-sensory room and specially adapted computer equipment.
A respite stay at Chestnut Tree House not only provides palliative and physical care for the child, but also gives family members the opportunity to benefit from a break from care at home for a short while. If the family wishes to, they may stay at Chestnut Tree House in one of their specially equipped family rooms so that they may be close to their child, but at the same time allowing the nursing team to undertake the daily care. Being able to provide this facility is particularly important when a child is admitted to the hospice for end of life care. They also have a Community Team who provide care in the comfort of families’ own homes.
Families are never charged for the care they receive. It costs well over £3.5 million each year to provide all the care services both at the hospice and out in the community and less than 7% of their funding comes from central government. For the rest they rely on the generosity of the people of Sussex and fundraising events like the Brighton Half Marathon.
Make your half marathon count – join the Chestnut Tree House team today!
Watch the video below to find out more about our work and read more on the Chestnut Tree House website: www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/brightonhalf
Should you stretch before and after a run? Sundial Physiotherapist James Masterson explains.
If I don’t there will be trouble and if I do there could be double, so come on and let me know…should I stretch or should I go?
The great stretch debate has been going on for several years now with lots of conflicting views leaving the average weekend athlete confused and unsure what to do. It’s a question I get asked a lot as a physio;
“should I stretch before or after exercise and what type of stretching should I do”?
This is a quick and simple guide into the benefits of stretching for warming up and cooling down during your half marathon training. At this point it’s probably worth mentioning that there is no one-size-fits-all plan; every individual is different and because of the conflicting evidence on this subject this post is partly based on research and personal experience as a runner and physio.
A study by Simic et al (2012) concluded that static stretching as a sole activity during a warm up routine should generally be avoided, as it was found to reduce power, strength and explosive performance. However, the negative effects were only short term and generally returned to normal after 5 to 10 minutes, these negative effects were also unlikely to occur if the stretch was kept under 45 seconds.
Behm et al (2011) documented that dynamic stretching either has no effect on performance or may improve performance especially when the stretching duration is prolonged. However, the study also went on to say that static stretching used in a separate training session could actually improve range of movement and health.
Confused? Join the club.
Behm et al concluded that:
“Generally, a warm-up to minimize impairments and enhance performance should be composed of a submaximal intensity aerobic activity followed by large amplitude dynamic stretching and then completed with sport-specific dynamic activities. Sports that necessitate a high degree of static flexibility should use short duration static stretches with lower intensity stretches in a trained population to minimize the possibilities of impairments”.
In other words if you’re doing an activity that uses long drawn out movements such as martial arts or ballet then static stretches may be useful. However, if you’re a runner then short low intensity aerobic exercise, followed by dynamic stretches and finished off with a few running specific dynamic exercises is likely to be more important.
In my opinion, stretching is very much a personal thing. I tend to spend 10 to 15 minutes warming up with a combination of light aerobic work followed by dynamic stretches and sports specific exercises. When it comes to static stretches this is very much dependent on how much time I’ve already had away from my wife and kids – If I can get away with it I might spend 5 minutes doing short duration (under 45 seconds) static stretches on all the major lower limb muscle groups.
So to conclude, you can find lots of conflicting views and counter arguments for all types of stretches. If you want my advice, do what feels good for you but don’t spend all your none running time stretching! In my opinion a good balance between warm up, running, cool downs and strength work is the winning formula.
All the best and thanks for reading,
At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support cancer sufferers, their friends, families and carers from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen – we’ll always be there.
With 2.5 million people currently living with cancer we need your support more than ever. By running and fundraising for Team Macmillan in the Brighton Half you will help ensure that none of these people face cancer alone. Our specific charity places in the race have now sold out, but if you already have a standard place, we’d love you to join us.
In return we’ll support you every step of the way – our amazing runners receive:
So help us make history and smash our £130,000 fundraising target which could:
What are you waiting for? – sign up now!
RockTape’s medical director explains how to apply tape to help banish those little running niggles we all get every now and again. On race day, RockTape will be in race village on hand to tape up any niggles you might have.
Simple RockTape Applications for common aches and pains
A lot of folk involved in kinesiology taping will tell you that tape should only be applied by a super-special, highly trained, jedi tape ninja. (Actual title may vary). They will discourage athletes and members of the public from even attempting to self-tape. I don’t really agree with any of that – and bear in mind I am physiotherapist, tape instructor, and tape company medical director!
I think that in many situations, many people can and should consider self-taping. However, there are some caveats and exceptions that I will mention. First and most important: if you have a pain that is any of the following you should see an experienced, competent therapist/medic.
Self-taping is best suited to those little niggles, aches and pains. The ones that don’t exactly stop you in your tracks but nonetheless stop you moving freely, playing your sport, standing at work. If you are anything like me, and 95% of the world, you know the kind of niggles I mean.
Now before you grab a roll of RockTape and get sticking there are a few things you need to know to ensure you get a safe, effective, lasting application.
This is our X marks the spot application: it’s a really easy, simple method that can be used to treat loads of aches and pains in just about every body part. It takes just 3 simple steps:
That’s it! Rub the whole thing thoroughly all over to make sure it’s well stuck. It takes about 20 minutes to reach full adhesion, so make sure you wait that long before you get too vigorous with your movement!
You can also find a bunch of ‘how to’ video clips here: http://rocktape.net/how-to-use.html
Here are some examples:
As a runner you rely on water to keep you hydrated and healthy when you run. Imagine if you had to walk for hours every day to collect the water you drink and you knew this water could make you ill. This is a daily reality for 768 million people globally. WaterAid believe everyone, everywhere can have clean water and sanitation by 2030. Watch Grace’s story in this video:
Want to make a difference and run the 2017 race for WaterAid? Join the WaterAid team today.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be profiling our headline and four Pier partner charities. This week, our Charity of the Week is RISE.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone of any social background, age, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. It could be happening to someone you know. RISE runs a helpline, refuges, offers counselling, financial and legal advice, and specialist support for children and LGBT support. In 2016 over 300 runners chose to run for freedom from domestic abuse and raised over £70,000. This was RISE’s single largest fundraising event and the money could help fund its Helpline for a whole year.
Watch the video to see RISE runners at last year’s Vitality Brighton Half Marathon.
Run with #TeamBeacon in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017, and help The Sussex Beacon continue to provide specialist care and support for people living with HIV.
In 2016 we had over 250 #TeamBeacon runners hit the start line of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, raising a record breaking amount of over £35,500 for The Sussex Beacon!
Running a half marathon is an incredible challenge, and running for a good cause gives you extra motivation to train and reach that finish line! The £150 we ask each Team Beacon runner to fundraise, allows The Sussex Beacon to continue providing our vital services which promote independence and improve health and wellbeing.
Our wonderful Team Beacon runners receive:
• A technical Team Beacon running vest
• Access to the primary positioned marquee by the start/finish line
• Invitations to Team Beacon training runs in Brighton.
• An invitation to a Team Beacon vest collection and social evening in Brighton
• A Team Beacon fundraising pack.
• Support and guidance from our challenge events fundraiser.
• You will be a vital member of the biggest charity team at the race!
Joining Team Beacon
You can enter here. Choose The Sussex Beacon Charity Entry and follow the steps.
Download our helpful Fundraising Guide which includes: a letter from our CEO, fundraising and JustGiving tips and guidance, a printable sponsorship form, a fundraising planner, and a competition sheet.
Once you have signed up, you may want to set up a JustGiving page so you can start fundraising! Just click https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/sussexbeacon/teambeacon to see our Team Beacon Campaign and hit ‘Fundraise for us’ to set up your own page and join the campaign.
Save the date! Pop along to the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton, on Friday 27th January 2017 to meet your fellow runners, share complimentary refreshments and collect your Team Beacon technical running vest.
Any questions? Contact our Challenge Events Fundraiser, Rosie Hemming on email@example.com or 01273 694222.
Now all that’s left to do is train and fundraise – good luck!
Over the past two weeks, we’ve been holding a special Sporting Summer Prizedraw, with chance to win some brilliant prizes from our 2017 race partners. And this weekend is your last chance to be a part of it!
We have some great prizes to give away – to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is be entered into our 2017 race. Everyone who has entered the race up to midnight on Sunday 21st August will automatically be entered into the prize draw. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to see the prizes up for grabs.
Terms & Conditions here.
With summer in full swing (most days), places for next year’s Vitality Brighton Half Marathon are selling fast. If you’re keen to enter the race via a standard place entry, now is the time to do it before sell out – you can enter the race here. After sell out, the only way to get a place is via a charity place.
Our famous Youth Race will also be opening very soon, a chance for young runners aged 7-17 to experience the buzz of race day and run one mile on the course of the main half marathon route. The Youth Race will be opening for registrations soon, so keep an eye out if your child or someone you know is keen to take part.
Keen to sign up for our 2017 race next February? Standard pricing closes at the end of June, so if you haven’t yet entered, now’s the time to enter before the price hike.
The race date for next year’s race is 26 February 2017. As well as standard entry, you can also choose to enter via a charity place and raise funds for a cause close to your heart. Take a look at our charities page to see our partner charities so far.
We’re been asked by lots of runners when we’re opening the 2017 race, and we’re happy to announce that the Vitality Brighton Half 2017 is now open for registrations. You can sign up here.
The race date for your calendar is Sunday 26 February 2017. This year we have a special early-bird pricing offer for runners who sign up before 30th April, so if you’re keen to join us next year, get your spot soon.
Last night we unveiled the race date at our launch evening at The Grand Brighton. See a few photos from the night on our Pinterest page.
Whether you’ve run the race before, or this will be your first ever half marathon, we hope to see you on the start line of the 27th Brighton Half next February!
Keen to see the results and your photos from race day? They’re live!
See your results here.
See your photos here.
From runners and sponsors to charity partners and volunteers, the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon involves huge numbers of people – a massive THANK YOU for being a part of it this year!
See you in 2017! Entries opening very soon…
In the lead up to race day we get lots of questions about the race. The vast majority of these are answered on our common questions page or FAQs pages so please do check these out. In these pages you’ll find the information you need on our most common questions, and lots more, including:
We look forward to seeing you on race day!
Physio Quentin Guichard from our sports massage and injury prevention partner Sundial Clinics gives his advice in the lead up to race day.
Are you eating well and enough? With the cold weather you’ll burn more calories when running but also in your daily life. If you are tired, catching colds or feeling run down, it might be the season but may also be your nutrition that is suffering. Think about what and when you eat to fuel those cold runs and long days.
How much sleep are you having during the week and weekends? Sleeping is your body’s way of charging itself up like a battery for the next day’s task; its way of repairing itself. If you don’t charge your battery long enough, it will not power you for very long or very well. Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep but the more active you are in a day the more these good hours of sleep are precious to your body. Skip the sleep and you will feel it!
Endurance? (Will) power? By now you should have a pretty good idea of your weaknesses. If you feel your muscles could do with a boost, look at these videos by Sundial physio James on 3 strengthening moves for runners and get started! You can alternate between running sessions and strength training to maximise the benefits in the last weeks of your training.
To stretch or not to stretch? Most people include stretches in their routine and it’s important to keep flexible and prepare your muscles for a run if you sit most of the day (which lots of us do). Stretching is also an injury prevention tool.
Don’t rush stretching though: A stretch should be held for over 30 seconds and be practised every day. The three stretches I recommend are: Hamstrings, hip flexors and calfs and here is how to do these.
Stay injury free
How are you doing? If you feel your body is letting you down in the final few weeks ahead of the race get it checked out by a physiotherapist sooner rather than later. It might be as simple as a stretch you are not doing.
Get a massage, it’s good for recovery and a percentage of the proceeds will go to The Sussex Beacon charity. Go to the Shop to book. We’ll also have free access to a stretching area in the massage marquee with people showing you their know-how.
Come and say hello on race day!
Each and every year we hear many inspirational stories of runners who sign up to run the Brighton Half to raise money for a charity close to their hearts. This year Sara Snood, a local runner who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014 and set upon a hat challenge which raised thousands for charity, will be in our running field of 13,000 runners. Sara received a Point of Light award from Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year in celebration of her fundraising achievements. Now her ambitions lie in 13.1 miles on 28 February – if you see her running on race day (in another hat of course!), give her a cheer!
People in Brighton may recognise you from your ‘hat challenge’ – how did that go and is your challenge now finished?
Occasionally I get recognised; people are very kind and supportive. I feel overwhelmed with the support I get from doing my challenge. My official challenge was supposed to end on 12 October 2014, which was a year to the day of my first day of chemotherapy. However, I have been asked to keep going by so many people, that I feel it must go on. I also enjoy it so much.
Is Brighton Half your next fundraising goal?
Yes it is – I’ve currently raised over £16,300 for Macmillan, who have been there for me from the day of my diagnosis and continue to be there for me now – it would be amazing to get that to £17,000 for the Half Marathon challenge. I don’t think I’m going to break any records, but I’m utterly determined to run the whole way around the course.
Can you tell us about the #GoCheckYourBits campaign?
Initially I set up the campaign to get me through chemo one day at a time. I knew I was going to lose my hair, so a different piece of headgear seemed a good idea and it raised some money for Macmillan. My initial target was £200!
As the campaign picked up momentum my hope is that it will encourage people to be body aware, to know their norm, so if in the event of a lump or a bump or a new persistent cough for example, to go and get it checked out. Early diagnosis really does give the best prognosis. I think it’s a humorous way to keep the message going.
How is your health since having treatment for breast cancer?
I’m OK – the treatment takes its toll, and it’s taken a while to get back to running. I have ongoing nerve pain and lymphodema in my arm, which means I can’t go back to work. My partner and I have a building and renovation company which I am no longer able to work with due to the problems with my arm.
Amazingly well. I can’t quite believe it. A few months ago I could barely walk upstairs without being so short of breath. I set up a training plan, and I am now up to 9 miles. This weekend, I’m aiming for 10 miles. My pace is nowhere near where it was before my diagnosis, and my arm is very painful, but what I gain from running, and having the target of the half marathon, far outweighs the pain.
Can we expect to see you running in a hat on race day?
Yes! I’m in the middle of making it – all I can say at the moment is that it’ll be green in line with Macmillan’s colours – so I should hopefully be easy to spot on the day for my family and friends who will be there egging me on.
In an Olympic year, who better to start you on your half marathon journey than an Olympian? With 6 weeks to go to race day, we’re super-pleased to announce that athletics star Sally Gunnell OBE will be our race starter this year.
Sounding the starting klaxon at 9am on race day on 28 February, Sally will send runners on their 13.1 mile route around Brighton and Hove.
Sally will also be presenting the winners with their trophies at the elite race presentations at 11am.
A local to the Sussex area, Sally is a former track and field athlete who won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 400m hurdles. Today Sally champions health and wellbeing initiatives and works closely with individuals and businesses across the UK to promote the benefits of sports and a healthy lifestyle.
We look forward to welcoming Sally and all 13,000 runners to the race next month!