Article by Rosie Hemming
July 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm
Are you a group of friends that need a reason to start keeping fit? A business looking for a team building activity?
The Sussex Beacon is proud to organise The Grand Brighton Half Marathon each year, incorporating our very own relay race ‘The Sussex Beacon Relay’. Next year will be the fifth year for our relay and it gets bigger and better every year. The event is open to groups of friends and families as well as businesses. It’s the perfect opportunity to dust off your running trainers and hit the pavement, all for a brilliant cause.
With teams of four, each runner will take on approximately 5k. If you find the full 13.1 miles too daunting, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved. The support you’ll receive from your team mates and our fundraising team will keep you motivated. Maybe you’ll get the bug and next year you’ll all be entering the half marathon as solo runners!
Why take part in The Sussex Beacon Relay?
You can probably think of ten things you would rather be doing on a brisk February Sunday morning than running 5k in Lycra shorts… but this isn’t just any relay. So here are ten reasons why you should take part:
All relay runners raising money for The Sussex Beacon will get exclusive access to our super-duper marquee on race day. Inside we have mountains of delicious food, snacks and drinks, comfy seats, motivational music, professional photography and a separate secure baggage area. Teams with a Celebration Entry will also have access to exclusive hospitality at The Grand Hotel on Brighton seafront on race day.
Meet at 450ft
Your team will be invited to join The Sussex Beacon at the annual Team Beacon meet up in early February at a location in Brighton (last year this was held at the British Airways i360!). Your team will then receive a quick briefing on the details of the relay, maps, race numbers and your Relay T-shirts.
Once your runners have each completed their leg of the race, you’ll be presented with a brilliant The Sussex Beacon Relay medal to commemorate your achievement!
The three fastest teams win an engraved award, whilst the team to complete the relay course in the fastest time and the team to raise the most funds each win a prize.
This may seem like a simple four-person relay, but it requires strategy, communication and enthusiasm. From deciding your running order, your pace and your eye-capturing attire, to orchestrating award-winning fundraising tactics. The runner’s teamwork skills will determine their success!
In just a few short years, our relay has generated unprecedented levels of competition between our regular teams. Whether it’s being crowned the fastest or the highest fundraising team, the promise of ultimate bragging rights has fuelled rivalry both online and on the course.
Do it for Instagram
With social media becoming a big part of our work and personal lives, an opportunity for some great content is hard to pass up on! From training to fundraising, you can spread the word and get your followers interacting with your challenge.
Bring the community together
Competition aside, we hope to bring the community together to support local businesses integral to Brighton’s rich culture of diversity and inclusivity and to raise vital funds for The Sussex Beacon.
You’re not alone
Our fabulous team of staff and volunteers at The Sussex Beacon are on hand to provide support and resources from the moment you register your team into the race.
We don’t promote the relay as a fancy-dress race, but we want your supporters to spot you on the course! So fancy dress is welcome – just make sure it is safe for that sprint to your baton or finish line… no one wants to trip on their dinosaur tail at that crucial moment.
How to enter
There are two fantastic packages to enter starting from just £150 per team. Read the full details of what you could experience on race day and secure your team here.