Race Day

25 February 2018

The Sussex Beacon


About The Sussex Beacon

Brighton-based charity The Sussex Beacon organise and deliver The Grand Brighton Half Marathon every year. We are overwhelmed by the hundreds of people who choose to take part and fundraise for The Sussex Beacon. The funds raised by each runner are so fundamental to the continuation of our services for people living with HIV, which cost over £2 million a year.

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, 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.

Run for Team Beacon

Over the last two years of The Grand Brighton Half Marathon, Team Beacon has rapidly grown and over 460 runners have fundraised £66,000! Thanks to their dedicated support and generosity, we have been able to give specialist care and support to many people living with HIV.

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Why join?

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 specialist inpatient and outpatient services for people living with HIV which are so vital to our community.

Tom Oakden brought a group of runners to Team Beacon for the last 2 years, and here’s why:

“I decided to run for the Sussex Beacon as have some friends who have been served so excellently by you. To be available 365 days of the year, helping serve people in real need, I find it a privilege to be fundraising to support that, for our city.

“Sponsorship is so much more than raising money. There’s much opportunity to bring awareness that the Beacon is simply there, what you do, your history, and the reality of the needs that you serve. So many people seem to have an affection to the Sussex Beacon, a lot from personal association which is a brilliant encouragement.”

We will make sure you have an incredible race experience, from the moment you sign up, until the moment you receive your personalised certificate to celebrate your incredible fundraising achievement.

Team Beacon runners receive:

  • A technical Team Beacon running vest
  • Access to the primary positioned team marquee by the start/finish line where you can find hot drinks, yummy snacks, a place to relax before and after the race, and friendly staff who will be happy to help you throughout the day. (Exciting new plans are underway for 2018!)
  • Invitations to Team Beacon training runs and events in Brighton.
  • Team Beacon Facebook group to virtually meet the team, ask questions and share tips.
  • A Team Beacon fundraising pack full of useful resources.
  • A personalized certificate celebrating your fundraising total.
  • Support and guidance from our challenge events fundraiser.
  • You will be a vital member of the biggest charity team at the race!

How to join Team Beacon

You can enter here. Simply choose The Sussex Beacon Charity Entry and follow the steps.

Download our helpful Fundraising Guide which includes: 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 here to set up your own page and join the Team Beacon 2018 campaign.

Any questions? Email our Challenge Events Fundraiser, Rosie Hemming or call on 01273 694222.

Now all that’s left to do is train and fundraise – good luck!

A huge thank you to Glencairn Consulting

Glencairn Consulting sponsor Team BeaconThis race we are thrilled to have Glencairn Consulting Limited generously sponsoring Team Beacon, helping us to raise as much money as possible for our vital services for people living with HIV, and making it a year to remember for all of our runners.

“Glencairn Consulting Limited are delighted to be able to support and sponsor Team Beacon at the Brighton Half Marathon 2018. Based in West Sussex, we provide professional IT services covering all aspect of your Information Technology needs. Our community based Microsoft Certified Professionals offer a range of services including consultancy, planning, implementation, IT architectural guidance, specialising in the Microsoft Applications stack including Office 365 and Dynamics 365. We have experience in Public, Private and the Charity sectors. We pride ourselves in offering a hands on, honest and personable approach to your IT needs. No job is too small and we are always happy to offer free advice and guidance, especially to the Charity sector.”

Keen to volunteer?

If you want to support The Sussex Beacon and be part of the incredible atmosphere of race day without running 13.1 miles, sign up to volunteer with Team Beacon! You could be cheering for our runners on the course, or helping out the team in our special Team Beacon marquee in the race village. To find out how you can get involved Email our Challenge Events Fundraiser, Rosie Hemming or call on 01273 694222.

We know you will have a fantastic experience with Team Beacon, but if you don’t believe us, hear it from the 2016/17 runners themselves!

I thought the whole event and day was very well organised. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and instructions and information sent to me via email from The Sussex Beacon was accurate, informative and very helpful. Would definitely run this again and support The Sussex Beacon again.

Roll on 2017!

Thank you very much for the opportunity to run in the Brighton Half Marathon and I would like to do so for The Sussex Beacon again next year.

“Lovely team to be a part of – actually felt part of a team which I haven’t before with other charities – I think this was down to the contact and events before and after the event itself”

“Great team spirit and very welcoming to first timers and nervous amateurs!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed running for Team Beacon and without a doubt would run it for you again. Very well organised and everyone was very friendly. And it was my first half marathon! Thank you.”