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August 25, 2023 at 3:13 pm

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We caught up with Actor Rich Keeble

We recently had a catch-up with Actor and Brighton Half aficionado Rich Keeble to talk running, vlogging and the (sometimes) funny side of social media.

Rich has a varied list of Film and Television credits to his name encompassing Comedy and Drama in addition to voice acting in video games and narrating audiobooks.

He has also been known to appear in a popular TV advert or two – the experience of which formed the background to a hilarious conversation about the joys of social media for the acting profession – enough said!

And for those of you who love your online running content (think YouTube) many of you will recognize Rich from his popular running vlog Rich Runs Rich Keeble – YouTube– a lighthearted and slightly irreverent look behind the scenes of Rich’s own running story.

You can currently see Rich in “Good Omens” on Amazon Prime alongside David Tennant and Michael Sheen, and he’s recently been working on another project with David Tennant during which he had a break in filming to talk to us.

  1. Where did the idea for a running vlog first come from?

Initially it was just a bit of fun really and something to share with friends while I trained for my first marathon (Brighton Marathon in 2022). I thought if I filmed my training it would make me actually do it. I was often away from home filming at the time (filming Good Omens funnily enough) so I would edit my videos during any downtime.

After completing the marathon (in 3:53) and as my general fitness developed over time, I decided to set myself a goal (I do like a goal!) of trying to run a sub-20-minute Parkrun – recording my efforts along with other races along the way. However, I wasn’t getting many views or interactions so I decided my 20-minute 5K video would be my last. But the video actually took off, so the result of all my hard work – other than a new PB was a video that received over 16,000 views – as opposed to the 200 or so I would normally get!

So yes, an unplanned and very unexpected “Youtuber” had been born!

  1. How do you see Rich Runs Developing in the future

I really enjoy putting content out there and I’m still constantly amazed that people find it interesting and are actually nice to me (in contrast to the Top cashback days) but I think for now this will remain a labour of love as opposed to any major career move! Maybe if people reading this subscribe to my channel that will motivate me further!

  1. You are clearly very passionate about your running – but when did you first get the bug?

Probably like a lot of people I hadn’t really run since I was at School, and even then I didn’t run very much; I would go to the gym to struggle through a 5K on a treadmill occasionally in my 20s and 30s – and had dabbled at one time in a bit of Kung Fu (long story!) but overall by the time I reached my 40s and with a couple of young children around the house – I probably wasn’t as fit as I would have liked to have been.

And then of course COVID came along and as I say I do like a goal so when we were told we were allowed to go outside and exercise once a day if you remember, some friends and I set-up a virtual running challenge along the lines of how far we could run around the world (virtually of course) in the next few months or so and that as they say was that – I was hooked!

  1. Your videos often record your experiences of the running events you participate in – including our own Brighton Half – what do you like about the whole race day experience?

I think for me I’m hugely motivated by receiving an official time for completing a run which I can use to track my progress and compete with myself – and yes, I am quite partial to a good race medal!

An interesting course always helps, along with great crowds – which Brighton certainly has – and I genuinely love that feeling of running along roads that would normally be open to traffic – and a bit of a no-go area for running.

I also like having an event to aim at – not least because it gets me out of the door – and motivated to put the hard miles in!

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your training routine?

I tend to train on my own mainly although I will do the occasional run with my mate Dale. (That first Brighton Marathon was actually how I got to know Dale who features in my videos. He had a Brighton entry but got into London Marathon unexpectantly causing a clash, so he transferred his place to me via a mutual friend.)

When I first started running, I tended to get a fair bit of advice and tips online and particularly liked the content that Sarah Place and Ben Parkes were producing.

As I became a bit more confident in my running, I started to follow more structured training plans when preparing for a half or full marathon for instance.

  1. What’s been the biggest learning for you in terms of your running?

I have just loved the way my fitness has improved over time with all the benefits that has given me in terms of my energy levels and the positive contribution this has made to my mental health. I can run for a bus now without needing the whole journey to catch my breath! And I have more energy for my kids. In terms of my training without doubt it’s been understanding the importance of keeping the “easy run” truly easy in your training program (easy days easy and hard days hard!) – it’s taken time for me to understand this and stop worrying about what people think about my paces on Strava, but now I do, I feel it’s really helped my overall fitness and general confidence in my running.

  1. Are we allowed to talk Running Shoes?

Hah – yes – I never thought even a couple of years ago that I would be one day talking about a “shoe rotation” but yes runners and their shoe addiction is a well-documented problem!

My daily workhorse tends to be a pair of Brooks Ghost and I quite like the Saucony Endorphin Speed for intervals and the odd race – although I must admit that I have recently fully embraced the world of carbon plates with a pair of Nike Vaporfly now sitting proudly in my collection.

  1. Will we be seeing kit reviews anytime soon on your channel?

Who knows – it feels like there may be a good comedy angle or general spoof in there somewhere!

  1. What are your plans for the rest of the year running wise?

Ideally, I’d like to try and get my 5K time back below 20 minutes by the end of the year (I’ve had some off periods this year and you certainly lose it quickly) and a new PB for a Half would be fantastic – and who knows – perhaps Brighton next February!

Longer term achieving Good For Age for London Marathon would be amazing – I’m a way off there at the moment – but as a I say – I do like something to aim for! I managed 3:39 at Manchester Marathon this year after coming back from an Achilles issue so maybe it’s not completely ridiculous!

  1. And finally, in addition to currently seeing you in Good Omens do you have anything else in the pipeline?

I’ve been lucky enough to have been working during a tough time for the industry, although I did have a bit of a quiet start to the year, but you may well  have seen me in “The Change” on Channel 4 back in June, and I have some other stuff still to come out, plus I’ve also made it into a new series called “Rivals” (alongside David Tennant again) which is currently still shooting and hopefully airing on Disney+ near the end of 2024.

Once again Rich many thanks for your time, good luck with your running and we hope to see you back in Brighton next February!

The Race Team – Brighton Half Marathon.

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June 9, 2023 at 2:15 pm

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What’s next for Corporal Sam Hammond Aka Man vs Fridge

After setting a new Guinness World Record at the Brighton Half back in February (completing the distance with a 26 kg fridge on his back) Corporal Sam Hammond went on to set a new Guinness world record for the full marathon some 6 weeks later in London

Needless to say, the reaction to Sam’s first world record in Brighton has been incredible.

We caught up again with Sam recently to talk all things Fridge, running and of course what his next challenge might be….

1.How did you first come up with the idea of running with a fridge strapped to your back?

It was back in July last year. I was trying to work out ways of raising money for charity, times are hard, and I think you need something a little stand out to stand much chance of raising good money! So, the idea of a fridge came! It’s heavy and sticks out a lot! everyone looks! That means everyone gets exposure to the chosen charity and often ask questions! All good PR!

2. When you started out on your challenge(s) did you have any idea of how this would resonate with people and the publicity you would generate?

I have been absolutely blown away by the support. This includes the generosity of everyone donating, the support while on events by the public, the companies who have helped me along the way and the individuals like Martin who kindly donated a space at a huge event to allow me to attempt the challenge!

3. What advice would you give for any other aspiring Guinness World Record holder

There are so many different records, pick one that suits you, train hard and train smart! The whole journey from training to fund raising is great fun and it’s all tied off nicely at the end should you beat the previous record with a bit of paper you can keep for the rest of your life!

4. You received great support from the crowds at Brighton – what were your memories of the day in setting the first of your new Guinness World Records 

I started out pretty nervous! The wind was forecasted to be pretty high and with a large white sail on my back, I was a little worried! Being allowed to set off at the front of the green group was certainly a highlight, the supporters on both sides of the road really helped me get into my rhythm. It was quite nice it was a little quieter at the turn around points! allowing me to get a few seconds to compose myself!

5.Did you in your wildest dreams realize how difficult a challenge you had set yourself.

The first record, at Brighton was tough, I pushed myself very hard and I’m sure everyone at the end could see that, however. This was but a mere drop in the ocean compared to the full marathon in London. Words can’t describe how hard I had to work. My Instagram is full of pictures where you can see the true pain I was feeling!

6. You were running to support the armed forces charity SSAFA – how did your fundraising go?

SSAFA is a great charity supporting serving soldiers, Veterans and the families we leave at home whenever we deploy. I’m super happy to announce that I’ve managed to raise over £7,000 for them! Thanks to some very kind people!

7. Do you have any ideas about what your next challenge might be?

For now, Duty calls. I’m soon heading off on a 5 month deployment with work and thus the fridge is in temporary retirement, I’m sure this won’t be permanent

8. And how is your relationship with “Fridget” nowadays – has it cooled? (Sorry!)

I put the fridge on my back for the first time since London last week, just to walk to across the field and store it in a shed. It felt pretty strange but made me smile! I’m not sure if I’m nervous or excited to get her on my back again!

And finally, if you did fancy taking on a new challenge at the Half next February, we would of course love to welcome you back!

Thank you! I’ve been. eyeing up a couple of records, I’d love to get another while in Brighton!

Thank you again for the support from the whole team – it really did help get that world record which then nicely set me up for London!

If you want to join Sam next February, early bird entries are still available here:


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May 26, 2023 at 2:50 pm

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Top tips for summer running!

Running on cool nights and refuelling on ice-cream is what summer running is all about. Stay comfortable on the run with our running tips for the season.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
The higher the mercury level soars the more you’ll sweat, the more fluid you lose and the more you’ll need to drink to replace lost fluids. When you sweat you lose salts too and these are vital for muscle function so it’s important to hydrate with electrolytes and not just water. Electrolytes feature in isotonic sports drinks, or you can avoid extra calories from sugary carbohydrates if you choose electrolyte tabs, which you simply pop into water.

Heed overheating warning signs
Overheating can be dangerous. Be aware of the warning signs that tell you something is not right. If you feel ill with a headache or dizziness, have hot and cold flushes, feel confused or seem to be over-sweating more than you should be, stop running, find some shade, hydrate and get a lift home.

Always arm yourself with suncream
A summer essential but not an accessory we’re used to taking on runs in the UK. Buy sweat-resistant (labelled water resistant) sprays or creams to make sure it stays put and apply it liberally all over your body to avoid sun damage. The smaller sunblock sticks are great to pop into small pockets in running gear and you’ll be less likely to forget sunscreen if you keep it in there.

Watch for ticks on the trail
Lyme disease is a tick-borne infectious disease carried by animals such as mice and deer which live in woodland areas. If you run in forest, woodland or heath areas it’s wise to be cautious of areas of exposed skin where ticks could latch on. The UK Health Security Agency estimates there are 2,000 to 3,000 cases of Lyme disease in England and Wales each year. If you love running through longer grasses and getting in the thick of the trail it’s easy to protect yourself by choosing long tights rather than shorts or capris.

Wear cooling gear
Avoiding clammy cotton tees and picking running gear made from technical fabric is even more important in summer when you sweat more. Look for moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics that are designed to stay cool as the temperature rises.

And remember there are also some benefits to running in the heat….

  • Build temperature adaptations: The weather isn’t always friendly on race day, but you have to run anyways. By training in adverse weather, you condition your body to adapt and perform (even if the weather isn’t ideal).
  • Boost your VO2 max: Running in the heat can have a more positive influence on your VO2 max than training at altitude.
  • Improve your exercise economy: It takes a lot of work to run in the heat. When you do, your running economy improves, allowing you to go farther and longer with less energy. You can run at a reduced heart rate at any given pace, and this also lowers your perceived exertion.

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10 ways to tackle hayfever and stay running

Struck down with a streaming nose and itchy eyes? Here are ten tips to stay running when you have hayfever.

“If I don’t manage my hay fever carefully, it can seriously affect my performance on the track,” GB athlete Marlon Devonish says. Despite having symptoms on the more severe side of the scale, the sprinter explains how he hasn’t let hayfever rule his life and he highlights how, when managed carefully, sport can continue when the summer sniffles strike.

Hayfever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by an overreaction of the body’s immune system to pollen. It causes inflammation inside the nose and it can affect the sinuses, eyes and throat too. Around 20-25% of us suffer from it in the UK, one of the highest prevalence rates in the world, and you’re more likely to suffer from it if you have a history of asthma or eczema in your family. While there are medications to alleviate the symptoms on the market, there are ways to help yourself too. Here are ten tips to keep symptoms under control.

1. Keep an eye on the pollen level
Make it part of your early morning routine to watch the pollen forecast on TV or check the pollen count online before you head outdoors. There are also pollen count apps which can warn you when it’s a particularly high pollen day in your area. Typically most people get symptoms when the pollen count is over 50, though it varies between individuals. The pollen forecast is typically calculated as:

Low: fewer than 30 grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air

Moderate: 30-49 grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air

High: 50-149 grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air

Very high: 150 or more grains of pollen in every cubic metre of air

2. Work out which pollens you’re allergic to
Different plants release their pollen into the atmosphere at different times of the year so you can sometimes work out what triggers your symptoms and take steps to avoid your nasal nemesis. The vast majority of us – 95% – are allergic to grass pollen, and 25% to tree pollens such as ash, birch and oak. Take a look at the interactive pollen timeline on the Benadryl website to see what trees and grasses pollenate when. Typically:

Tree pollen is earlier in the year, starting in March

Grass pollen is June – August

Weed pollen is released any time from early spring to late autumn.

3. Avoid busy, built-up roads
With fewer green spaces, it might seem strange that hayfever is twice as common in cities than in the country but the answer lies in air pollution. Fumes from cars can trigger or aggravate symptoms so main roads are best avoided. Parks are potent with pollen too so give these a wide berth. So where can you run if your usual stomping ground is off limits? Research shows that air pollution drops significantly 300 metres away from main roads so plan your running routes wisely and choose less built up areas. If you live in London, try running along the Thames path where lower air pollution and reduced pollen will ease symptoms.

4. Make a beeline for the beach
If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea, you’re in a perfect spot to beat streaming eyes. Coastal areas typically have lower levels of air pollution because sea breezes blow the pollen inland.

5. Wash away the pollen
Pollen is pesky. It gets everywhere, sticking to your skin and hair and clinging to clothing. Get into a habit of showering and washing your running gear after every run and avoid drying your washing on a clothes-line outside.

6. Run at lunchtime
Plants release pollen early in the morning and late in the afternoon yet these are often the most common times we choose to run, so you may have to shuffle your running schedule around to suit lower pollen levels. During the daytime pollen levels are usually at their lowest from roughly 11 – 4pm so try running at lunchtime.

7. Wear sports sunglasses
If you suffer from itchy eyes, sunglasses will be prove useful, helping to prevent pollen coming into contact with the eye area while you’re running. Wrap-around designs are especially effective.

8. Apply Vaseline to other areas
Besides combating chafing, runner’s best friend Vaseline has another use in the summer by helping to combat pollen. Apply petroleum jelly or an equivalent balm around the edge of each nostril to trap or block pollens from entering your nose and preventing a reaction. Be careful of sunburn though!

9. Invest in an air filter for indoors
If you find your sleep is affected, a good air filter can help. Choose a filter which is proven to trap small particles.

10. On high pollen days…
All is not lost: there’s always the indoor treadmill as a last resort.

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Plan Your Racing Schedule – Tips from our Race Director Martin Harrigan

Creating a race calendar is an important part of preparing for any running event – particularly a half or ultimately a full marathon.

The Brighton half marathon has retained its late February date in the running calendar over the past 34 years for one really good reason – it’s always been a great way to embrace the new year and of course is ideally placed to test your fitness for the rest of the spring running season – especially if you are planning another half or marathon later in the year.

Here are some steps you can take to put a race calendar in place and really gain from the benefits of forward planning

  1. Identify your target event: The first step is to decide which event you want to target. This will help you determine the timeline for your training and the other races you will run leading up to the event and of course don’t leave your decision until the last minute – popular races tend to sell-out well in advance of race day – and you don’t want to miss out on a crucial part of your build-up.
  2. Determine your current fitness level: Before you start training, it’s important to assess your current fitness level. This will help you determine how much time you need to prepare for the event and what types of races you should run in the lead-up.
  3. Choose your training plan: Once you have determined your current fitness level, you can choose a training plan that is appropriate for your level of fitness and the amount of time you have to prepare for the event you have entered.
  4. Plan your races: Once you have chosen a training plan, you can start to plan the races you will run in the lead-up to your target event. These races should be spaced out appropriately to allow for recovery between races and to allow you to peak at the right time for your target event.
  5. Consider the distance and terrain of the races: When choosing races to run in the lead-up to your particular challenge it’s important to consider the distance and terrain of the races. You should aim to run races that are similar in distance and terrain to the event you are targeting.
  6. Schedule your training: Once you have chosen your races, you can schedule your training around them. Make sure you give yourself enough time to recover between races and to complete your training plan before your target event.
  7. Adjust your plan as needed: Finally, be prepared to adjust your race calendar and training plan as needed. If you experience an injury or illness, you may need to modify your training plan or skip a race. It’s important to be flexible and make adjustments as needed to ensure you are able to reach your goal of completing your target event – having really enjoyed the experience!

Good Luck with your training and hopefully see you next February!

If you would like to enter the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 25th February 2024 click here

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April 19, 2023 at 4:10 pm

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It’s Official – Guinness World Record Holder

Corporal Sam Hammond, AKA Man Vs. Fridge, ran the 2023 Brighton Half Marathon, in aid of SSAFA, and it is now OFFICIAL – he has now become a Guinness World Record holder

Corporal Sam Hammond set the world record for the fastest time completing a half marathon with a 26kg fridge on his back in 02:04:13 on Sunday 26th February 2023.

To read more, see the article published by Forces Net here

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February 27, 2023 at 5:19 pm

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A world record and over 10,000 runners at this year’s Brighton Half

Wow, what a day Sunday 26th February 2023 was. Thank you to everyone who came along to this year’s Brighton Half Marathon and Youth Race.

Over 10,000 runners (pre-pandemic levels) turned out for our 33rd race, organised by local HIV charity – The Sussex Beacon. It was a chilly day, but it certainly didn’t put off the runners, or the crowds!

This year’s race was jam-packed with highlights. A world record (with a fridge) was made, people ran for Ukraine, our Youth Race was back, players from University of Sussex Men’s Rugby Club ran for Grassroots Suicide Prevention and we were joined by local GB athlete – Beth Kidger!

The day started off with our Youth Race, (back after three years away) at 9AM down on Hove Lawns. This year’s official charity partner for the Youth Race was Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Hundreds of children and teens aged 7 – 17 turned up to race along a 1-mile stretch and were cheered on by this year’s Youth Race starter – GB athlete Beth Kidger.

Next came the wheelchair race which started at 9.27am on Madeira Drive by Brighton Half mascot Beaky and Allison Ferns from BBC Radio Sussex. By 9:56 all of this year’s runners had set off, including the elites.

In the wheelchair race Gary Cooper of Coventry Godiva Harriers took first place in the men’s race with a time of 01:05:30, his personal best for the Brighton Half. The women’s wheelchair race was won by Ellie Page, also from Coventry Godiva Harriers who finished in 01:25:56.

In the men’s race, Cal Ross of Leeds City AC, took first place with a time of 01:06:37; second place went to Marshall Smith of Ashford AC, who came home in 01:06:41; third place went to Simon Heath of Brighton Phoenix, who finished in 01:07:01.

The women’s race was won by last year’s winner, Charlotte Ragan of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, who finished in 01:18:24, followed by Ruby Whyte-Wilding of Lewes AC in 01:18:30. Third place went to Amy Harris of Brighton Phoenix in 01:19:17.

We can’t not mention that Corporal Sam Hammond, AKA Man Vs. Fridge, who ran the race in aid of SSAFA, went and only set a world record for running with a 26kg fridge on his back in 02:04:13.

Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets of the city, raising money for over 20 charities, including The Sussex Beacon, Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan, Say Apashia, Venkat Memroial Trust, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, Raystede and many more.

Thanks once again to everyone who took part in this year’s event – runners, sponsors, charity partners and volunteers.

Next year’s race will be taking place on Sunday 25th February 2024. Entries will be opening soon!


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February 7, 2023 at 1:29 pm

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Man Vs. Fridge goes for world record at 2023 Brighton Half

Man Vs Fridge in training for Brighton Half

Sam Hammond, 30, is a man on a mission – with his fridge! The Royal Marine, based at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, is no stranger to running around the country with white goods strapped to his back to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, but this time he’s going for a world record at this year’s Brighton Half Marathon, on Sunday, 26th February.

Nicknamed ‘Fridget Jones’ Sam said: “I have been doing this for a while to raise money for charity and I just wanted to take it to the next level. I’m going to begin with the Brighton Half, with a view to breaking the full marathon record at the London Marathon this year. The current record for a half marathon with a fridge on your back is 2 hours 45 minutes and I’m confident I can beat that.

“When you regularly have to go away for long stretches, several months at a time, it really affects the family that is left behind. I have seen that SSAFA is there to help your family, in an emergency, when you aren’t able to, and I think this work is so important and I want to help.”

The minimum weight for the fridge, according to the Guinness World Records, is 25kg. Sam’s fridge currently comes in at 26kg (roughly speaking, the same weight of an average eight-year-old), but it is not the weight that is an issue.

According to Sam, “The thing with a fridge is that it’s bulky and the weight isn’t close to your back, like a backpack or bergen would be. So the physics of it means that 26kg is more difficult to carry.

“The other problem is that, when I go out for practice runs with the fridge, I can’t go more than 10 minutes without being stopped and asked what on earth I’m doing. So, for normal training I’ll just carry weights.”

Sam has other things to worry about too. He has very recently had an operation to remove a lump from his chest.

Sam says: “It was a benign lump, so not too bad, but all the stitches are right where the straps for the fridge go. It couldn’t have been at a worst time, but I think it will be fine. I have rested up for a while, which has actually been the most difficult bit as I’m not used to being still, and am rearing to get back to training.”

If you would like to show your appreciation to Sam for his amazing exploits please give a little towards his fundraiser.

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Fundraising Ideas For A Half Marathon

Runner dressed as orangutan for charity

This year’s Brighton Half Marathon is only around the corner, but there’s still time to fundraise in preparation for race day.

Whether you’ve hit a brick wall with your fundraising efforts or only just started your giving journey, here’s our tips on how to raise money if you’re running for charity.

Set up a JustGiving page

One of the most important first steps to take, is to create a way in which supporters can easily donate to your charity online.

Start off by setting up a fundraising page of your choice, such as JustGiving. Make sure to add photos of yourself in training, information about the charity you’re running for, a bit about the event (such as how far you’re running) and a background story of why you’ve chosen to run for your particular charity.

Make sure to also include updates on your fundraising page, as well as social media channels. Updates act as a gentle reminder to potential donors, as well as keeping supporters informed about your half marathon training progress.

JustGiving also provide some fantastic tips and advice on how to fundraise effectively:

Two runners running for Alzheimer's Society at Brighton Half 2022

Share on social media  

Once you’ve set up your fundraising page, make sure to share the page on your social channels. Provide some more information within your post as to why you’re running for charity and who for. For example: “In 4 weeks’ time I’ll be running the Brighton Half! I’m running for @thesussexbeacon, a local charity supporting people with HIV. If you’d like to donate, I’m aiming to raise £300. Every donation, no matter how big or small counts – thank you:” 

In addition, many people may just post their fundraising page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but don’t be shy in sharing your fundraising goal with colleagues on LinkedIn too!

Check with your charity 

A majority of charities provide their own fundraising tips and advice. Once registering to run for a charity, they will usually send you a fundraising pack via email or in the post. 

Fundraising packs will typically include the following:

  • Fundraising tips
  • Guidance on how to fundraise safely 
  • Information on where donations are going to 
  • Information about how to spread the word 
  • Information about how to gather both online and offline donations 
  • Assets including branded social media templates, leaflets 
  • Frequently asked questions 

Charities will also usually provide a list of common donation ask amounts, which you could include on your fundraising page, such as £10 could go towards medical equipment and £30 could support three patients. When supporters have an idea of what the money is going towards, they are much more likely to donate. 

If you’re running for a cause close to your heart, you can usually enquire with the charity’s fundraising or events team about whether they’re open to sharing your story. Quite often fundraising teams are looking for stories to share on their social channels or in the local press. 

Woman running for Macmillan

Let your family, friends and colleagues know 

It’s an obvious one, but something that can often be missed when you’re busy preparing for a half marathon. 

Make sure to share your fundraising page with all your closest contacts by letting them know in person, over text, Whatsapp or via email. 

At your workplace you could enquire with your HR department about whether they can send a company wide email, or feature that you’re running for charity in their internal newsletter. You could even print off a poster with a QR code to your fundraising page. Make sure to stick your poster up in communal areas (with permission) in the office kitchen area or by your desk. QR codes are now really easy to create, and there are many sites where you can generate one for free such as Adobe Express.

Bake some delicious goodies 

Everybody loves some delicious treats – both at work and at home. If you work in an office, why not let your colleagues know that you’ll be bringing in some tasty homemade brownies or sausage rolls to the workplace, and ask whether they would be willing to donate a small amount to your charity. 

Fancy dress 

Fancy dress not only grabs the attention of the crowd, but it also creates a great talking point when collecting donations. 

Many potential donors will view wearing fancy dress whilst running a half marathon as an additional accomplishment (running while dressed as a rhino or even carrying a fridge is no easy feat!)

Man running as Captain America

Fundraise after running

Haven’t reached your target? Don’t sweat it! You can still fundraise after completing your race. In fact, a large amount of donations are made to fundraisers after they’ve completed a half marathon. 

Make sure to post an update and reminder on your fundraising page and social channels that supporters can still donate. When people can see you have completed an impressive milestone, they are much more likely to click on the “donate now” button.

From all of us at the Brighton Half, good luck with your fundraising efforts, we know you can achieve your goal! If you’re still yet to register on behalf of a charity, you can do so by visiting all our charity partners here.

Two runners running for Grassroots Suicide Prevention celebrating completing the Brighton Half

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GB Athlete Beth Kidger announced as 2023 Youth Race Starter

Beth Kidger Race Starter at Brighton Youth Races

We’re delighted to announce Team GB distance runner and athlete Beth Kidger as this year’s Youth Race starter. Not only is Beth an accomplished athlete, but she’s also a Brighton local!

After a three-year break for the Brighton Youth Races, we’re ecstatic to announce they’re back for 2023 and Beth is able to join us on the day.

On starting the Youth Race, Beth told us: “As a child I was heavily into gymnastics with my twin sister Megan. Then when we were about 12, we decided to go along to Crawley AC once a week as my brother Joel trained there and I just fell in love with athletics. I love the sense of freedom running gives you. There’s no better sense of achievement than when you cross that finish line, so I am looking forward to cheering on all the young runners on the day.”

Taking place on the same day as the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday, 26th February 2023, the Youth Races are open to all abilities, aged between 7 and 17.

Starting at Hove Prom and split into five different age categories, youngsters can choose to either run or jog the 1-mile race.

The event gives youngsters a unique opportunity to experience the buzz of race day. All entries will receive a chip-timed, technical T-shirt and medal, plus prizes for the first three runners in each of the five age categories.

Youngsters (and family members) may well get the chance to grab a selfie with Beth before the Youth Races start! Make sure to give her a wave at the start line.

Take part in the 2023 Brighton Youth Races

The first Youth Race starts at 9am and places are available now. Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is the official charity partner of the Brighton Half Marathon Youth Race.

By running in the Youth Races, you’ll be supporting a charity which provides life-saving medical equipment for children in Sussex.

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January 19, 2023 at 6:10 pm

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Sussex University Men’s Rugby run Brighton Half Marathon

The University of Sussex Men’s Rugby to run The Brighton Half Marathon to support Mental Health Charity GrassRoots Suicide Prevention

The University of Sussex Men’s Rugby Club is made up of more than 100 boys studying at Sussex Uni aged 18-23 who actively play competitive rugby union against other universities. However, the club is more than just this – one of the fundamental beliefs of the group, is to give back to those less fortunate than themselves. Every year they commit to several charity efforts including Movember, and the Brighton Half Marathon, typically raising upwards of £15,000 for various charities.

In the past, the club ran the Brighton Half Marathon, which returns to Brighton seafront on Sunday, February 26, for the RFU IPF, a rugby charity helping rugby players with spinal and brain injuries, an outstanding charity the club holds truly dear to its heart, as it cared for one of the club’s alumni years ago. However, this year the club expressed an interest in fundraising for a new cause and decided on mental health.

Finn Urmston, Vice President, University of Sussex Men’s Rugby Club explains more:

“We debated whether to run for an environmental, physical health or mental health-based charity, and the overwhelming response was mental health. Being young men, we are aware of the hardships that struggling men are going through, particularly with our huge dedication to Movember (for which we raised >£4,300 this year), which is why I believe the uptake and interest for a mental health charity was so welcomed.“I searched for the best fitting charity related to combating mental health issues, and came across GrassRoots Suicide Prevention. They are local to Brighton and are tackling some of the most sensitive and important issues that are going on in not only our community, but the whole of the UK (and rest of the world). These things made GrassRoots such a great fit for us.”

“We all play a sport that we love, not only for the physical benefits but also for the mental benefits that come with socialising, exercise and being active. We are also aware of those who are not as fortunate as us and see no other way out, so we are just trying to do what we can to help change the landscape of suicide today – as a tightly-knit club, it is in our nature to believe that there is always a way through whatever you might be dealing with.”

“Around 60 of the boys will be running the Brighton Half Marathon on February 26, 2023, to support them visit or come and cheer us on on the day!”

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November 27, 2022 at 7:26 pm

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Why RunPals love Brighton Half Marathon

Each February, Brighton plays host to one of the most popular half marathon running races in the UK – the Brighton Half Marathon.

With its scenic city and coastal views and incredible atmosphere, it’s no wonder this race attracts so many runners. Whether you’re an experienced half marathon runner or this may be your first, Brighton Half Marathon is the perfect opportunity for a personal challenge or an unforgettable experience with friends – there is nothing quite like crossing the finishing line with a RunPal in tow.

With a course that takes advantage of Brighton’s beachfront and crowd-packed city streets, runners are treated to amazing views as they forge ahead towards victory – crossing that finishing line on Madeira Drive. Put all that together with Brighton’s abundant energy, and you have got yourself one truly unique running event that’s sure to please both newbies and veteran runners alike.

The Brighton Half Marathon – come for the challenge, stay for the adventure!

Be prepared…to have some fun!

It’s no secret that half marathons are intimidating, especially if it’s your first one. After all, completing a half marathon is no small feat—it requires dedication, time and most of all a little bit of endurance.

But don’t worry: if half marathon-running sounds like an impossible task, don’t lose hope just yet! While half marathons may be daunting, with the right preparation you can rest easy knowing that you have the confidence and strength to get across the finish line.

To start, find yourself some RunPals; while half marathons can of course be completed solo, having a pal along for the journey can help to motivate you and keep you accountable. They can help support you when the going gets tough and there’s no better feeling than hugging your pal as you cross the finish line, reveling in what you’ve accomplished together!

If you’ve completed the race before, you’ll probably have noticed our RunPals in a selection of fancy dress; from Frozen characters (it was the most challenging year wearing a Princess Anna dress!) to superheroes, cheerleaders, and just about everything in between, out having fun throughout the half marathon course.

The Brighton Half Marathon is our favourite event on the race calendar. Not only is it local to us, but seeing the smiles as you tick off the miles through the city is an unmatched feeling. Plus, who will you share that finishing line selfie with if you run alone?

The camaraderie, the views, and the sense of accomplishment

There’s nothing quite like run race day. Joining forces with running pals that share your passion, pushing yourself to reach your personal best, or heading out and enjoy the crowds and the views – there are many amazing reasons to run the Brighton Half.

The camaraderie fostered by these events is truly remarkable and post-covid, this one is a welcome return to the race calendar.

Nothing beats the positive vibes you’ll experience after crossing that finish line and achieving something you may have never thought possible.

What are you waiting for – sign up today!

Are you ready for the challenge?

Picture yourself at the starting line surrounded by bright the sun coming up over the sea, a crowd full of energy and optimism to make it to the finish line. Imagine the bright blue sky (and possibly wind, maybe some rain, potentially some cloud cover…)overlooking the finishing line, that awaits you at the end of your momentous journey.

Sign up now for next year’s race and prepare to be swept away on an epic journey and join us in Brighton, where life-long memories await this February.

Brighten up your start to 2023 with a Brighton half marathon place – signup today. Enter here

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November 11, 2022 at 11:20 am

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Brighton Half Marathon – Official Statement

“Like many of you we have seen the recent news about the Brighton Marathon. We want to reassure you all that the Brighton Half Marathon is an independent race run by local HIV Charity the Sussex Beacon.

Our race is not connected to the Brighton Marathon in any way. The Brighton Half Marathon is now in its 33rd year, and is firmly established as one of the most popular half marathons in the UK.

We are looking forward to seeing you at next year’s race on Sunday February 26, 2023.”

Martin Harrigan, Race Director