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February 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm

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Aches & pains after race day? Get £10 off with Sundial

Relieve race day aches & pains with our massage partner Sundial.

Congratulations on completing The Grand Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday – despite the chill!

You may be feeling a bit stiff today in which case further massage here at Sundial can improve your recovery. A long run can cause muscles to tighten and shorten and massage works to elongate the muscles, relieve muscle tightness and restore joint range of motion.

Another benefit of post-run massage is to improve circulation. This helps improve tissue healing as more blood circulation means more nutrients to the muscles which reduces soreness and fatigue. The effects are cumulative too, so several therapeutic massages spaced a few days a part brings big benefits.

Sometimes in spite of massage and other post-run activities like stretching and foam rolling the soreness persists. This can be a sign of a deeper injury in which case our physio, James, can help.

​Although our laser is also great at reducing muscle soreness a sure sign that you might need a check with James might be if the pain is around a joint and worsens with weight bearing and movement. Normal post-run muscle soreness tends to improve through the day with gentle activity but this will tend to aggravate a more serious joint or muscle problem.

If you are having back pain or neck pain then a check up with one of our chiropractors might be worthwhile. Sometimes running can irritate and stiffen the spinal or pelvic joints especially if your back and core muscles aren’t as strong as they should be. Chiropractic can improve spinal flexibility with gentle joint techniques.

If you have post run aches and pains and some help, then give us a call – we will advise whether you need massage, physiotherapy or chiropractic. Everyone who ran on Sunday can claim a £10 discount off a session here at Sundial.

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February 17, 2018 at 4:02 pm

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Free dessert or cocktail at GB1 for BHM runners

After months of training and staying clear of life’s indulgences, head to GB1 restaurant in The Grand for a treat you deserve!

When enjoying two courses in GB1, choose either a cocktail or dessert and it’s on us! Show your server a picture of you with your medal to qualify. See T&Cs below.


Terms & Conditions:

One free dessert or cocktail per marathon runner. Diners must order at least two courses in GB1 to qualify. Not available when dining from the set lunch menu or any other set menus/promotional offers.  Medal must be shown to qualify. Other terms and conditions may apply. Offer ends on 9th March 2018. 

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January 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm

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3 secrets to prevent running injuries

James Masterton, physiotherapist at Sundial Clinics, shares his three secrets to prevent running injuries – and explains how to save £50 off Sundial’s Runners Training Package for Brighton Half runners.

As a keen runner myself, I know that running injuries are extremely common. However, being a physio, I also know the best way to prevent these injuries and how to recover quickly if I do get injured. Here at Sundial we believe we have the secrets for staying injury free and we would love to share these with you…

Gait analysis:

Getting the basics right should be the starting point for any runner.  Assessing your footwear and taking some video footage of your running style can help eliminate poor movement patterns and training error that may lead to injury.

Physiotherapy assessment:

Understanding past and present injuries, training plans and personal goals is a great way of preventing injury and helping you to stay on track with your training.  A physio assessment will help to highlight range of movement, postural and strength issues that could have a negative effect on your running.

Sports massage:

Massage is a great way to improve flexibility and avoid muscle fatigue. A regular massage will allow you to train more efficiently and help you to recover quicker.

Now that you know the secrets, here’s the Runners Training Package available at Sundial:

1 hour physiotherapy assessment including video gait analysis:

  • A full review of your current and past injuries, medical history, weekly exercise/training plans and personal goals
  • A full physical examination assessing current injuries, balance, range of movement, flexibility and strength
  • A series of videos on the treadmill to assess your running gait
  • Advice on how to address any identified issues, including a personalised exercise programme.

30 minute physiotherapy follow up session:

  • A review of your current exercise programme
  • Further examination of your current injuries or niggles
  • A progression and guidance of your current exercises
  • Advice on how best to warm up, cool down, stretching and foam rolling.

1 hour sports massage with the Sundial massage team:

  • A tailored sports massage to target those pre or post run aching muscles
  • To be used at anytime during your training or post race.

The normal value of these combined treatments is £149. The Sundial Runners Training Package is a bargain at £99, saving you a massive £50! (All sessions included in this package can be used anytime between the 1st of January and the 30th of September 2018).

To enquire about this offer or make an appointment, please call Sundial Clinics on either 01273 774 114 or 01273 696 414.


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January 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm

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Are you set for race day?

Brighton Half 2018 is creeping up fast. From planning your travel arrangements to eating a runner-friendly diet, don’t leave it too late to get set for race day. Here are some pointers for getting race day ready.

Plan your travel arrangements now

Brighton is well connected but we advise you to get ahead and check your travel arrangements now. We recommend you arrive at race village for 8am: the race start is 9am. Trains to the city are often subject to engineering works at weekends, so please do check you can arrive on time to ensure you can drop off baggage and find your start pen in good time. We are aware that the London-Brighton line is subject to works on the weekend of the race, so please do check Southern Railway’s information on planned improvement works.

If you plan to drive by car, Brighton gets very busy on race day and parking in the city can prove difficult. We run a Park & Ride service, which this year has two locations. You can book this in our Shop. Note that in previous years, Park & Ride has sold out, so we recommend you book early.

Give your body some TLC

With the high mileage weeks creeping up, take care and listen to your body. Try to get enough sleep and eat well, with a balanced diet geared for running. Maintenance sports massage will help to prevent any niggles getting worse and treat your body to a little TLC when it needs it most. Our physio and sports massage partner Sundial Clinics have locations in Brighton and London and often run deals for Brighton Half runners.

Book a race day massage

Treat weary limbs to a massage on race day through our brilliant physio and sports massage partner Sundial Clinics. You can book both pre and post-race massage, bookable in our online Shop.

Get set for the high mileage weeks in training

If you need a steer with your training as we head into the high mileage weeks, take a look at our training page. Our wonderful training partner RunBrighton organise weekly training runs, which can really help with motivation on cold weekend mornings when you need to put in some mileage (the group is also a great way to meet other runners). We also partner with Mbition, which create bespoke online training plans to help you train well for the half marathon distance.

Enjoy the final few weeks of training!

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January 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm

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Charity of the Week: Chestnut Tree House

Support your local children’s hospice in their 15th birthday year – join #TeamChestnut today!

Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, and South East Hampshire and cares for 300 children and young adults.

Since opening in 2003, they have provided specialist palliative care to babies, children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions and support for their families – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes.

Chestnut Tree House helps families live For the Now. They are the hand that reassures, a hug that comforts, a safe port in a sea of life-changing diagnoses and round-the-clock care.

Now is precious moments that give a lifetime of memories, the chance to be a parent for a few hours, rather than a carer, and the opportunity for kids to just be kids, to do all the things that kids their age should do. Now is all about exploring, creating, enjoying and treasuring. And for supporters it’s all about the high of doing something important, something that they didn’t think they could do. It’s about making their own memories whilst making a difference.

Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, and they want to encourage people of all ages across Sussex and South East Hampshire to take on a challenge to mark the occasion, live For the Now and help them to continue caring for local life-limited children and families.

So make this a year for taking on a challenge. For crossing the finish line. For yourself. For local families. For living. For the Now.

Make your half marathon count – join the Chestnut Tree House 15th birthday team today!

Watch the video below to find out more about our work and read more on the Chestnut Tree House website:

Sign up for a Chestnut Tree House place now >>

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December 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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Charity of the Week: RISE


We don’t for a minute under-estimate the hard-work, sacrifice, chafing and blisters it takes to complete a 13 mile run… which is why we’re so grateful to each and every amazing person who chooses to run for us!

One of our runners in last year’s event said: “It made such a massive difference running for a charity that were really kind and felt like you valued our efforts. RISE takes on such an important role keeping the community safe from domestic abuse, but it was really admirable how much you also managed to take care of me and the other runners today. It was a privilege to run for you.”

In the lead up to the race another runner was given a £10 donation at a local community meeting in Brighton, by someone who said that RISE had helped her leave an abusive situation and start a new life. Our lovely runner decided to carry this £10 note in her pocket during the race, to give her motivation when she started feeling tired at mile 10!

Whether you’ve got your own place or are looking for a charity to run for we’d love you to join Team RISE. In return we’ll give you:

  • Access to support and running seminars through for FREE via our brilliant partners Studio 57.
  • A fabulous goody-bag overflowing with treats (all kindly donated from an array of awesome local companies).
  • Access to the RISE tent in the athlete’s village on race day for you, your friends and family. Our tent promises to be awash with all the cake you can eat, and plenty of hugs.
  • You also get a fetching hot pink running vest to make you stand out to our teams of cheer squads who will be encouraging Team RISE runners on their way around the 13 mile course.

A staggering 1 in 4 women will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime, but RISE believes that no-one should live in fear of abuse and violence. With the help of our supporters RISE is able to offer the following support to residents of Brighton & Hove:

  • The only local domestic abuse helpline
  • A refuge with room for 15 families in urgent need
  • An LGB&T service for survivors of domestic abuse, which was the first in England
  • Support with criminal and civil proceedings
  • Counselling and support groups
  • Housing and finance information and solicitors appointments

Register here >>

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November 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

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Charity of the Week: Macmillan Cancer

2.5 million. That’s how many people are currently living with cancer. And with this number set to rise to 4 million by 2030, we need your support more than ever.

Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. It’s a big task and we can’t do it alone so join Team Macmillan now and help us help people affected by cancer.


Whether you’ve got your own place or are looking for a charity to run for we’d love you to join us. You’ll get the best support, have the greatest experience and most importantly every step you take will help support people affected by cancer.

In return we’ll support you every step of the way – our amazing runners receive:

  • A fundraising pack full of all the resources you need to smash your fundraising target
  • A free Team Macmillan technical running vest or t-shirt, plus iron on letters to customise your kit
  • Access to the Macmillan training zone to make sure you are fighting fit on race day
  • Newsletters to keep you up to date with Macmillan news and activities
  • The best support on race day from our world-famous cheer-points
  • Exclusive access to our hospitality marquee on race day with much needed refreshments and high fives a plenty.

Help us smash our £130,000 fundraising target which could:

  • help run a large Macmillan information and support centre for a year.
  • support our cancer support specialists run our Macmillan Support Line phone service for a week, answering 2,807 calls and emails from people who want questions answered, need practical or financial support, or just want to chat.
  • pay for a Macmillan nurse for three years, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Get in touch

We always love hearing from you. Please contact the Running Team on or call 0300 100 0200 if you have any questions at all.

So what are you waiting for – sign up

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November 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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Charity of the Week: Alzheimer’s Society

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 commit to a £250 fundraising target and we’ll work with you to reach it. We’ll send you newsletters full of top tips and are always at the end of the phone to talk ideas.
  • You put in the hard miles during training. We make sure you have expert knowledge from our professional coaches RunningWithUs at your fingertips. They’ll be at your disposal throughout your journey and you’ll even get to meet the team at our free half marathon training day in February.
  • On the big day, you’ll give it your all and we’ll be there to shout your name from the rafters. We’ll send you an Alzheimer’s Society running top to represent the team and a hero’s welcome will be waiting at our post-race marquee where you’ll be treated to hot drinks and refreshments.


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 or call 0330 333 0804 if you have any questions at all. We hope to welcome you to the team soon!

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November 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

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Charity of the Week: The Sussex Beacon

Team Beacon Race Day Experience: Bigger and Better Than Ever Before!

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 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.

Click here to find out more and join Team Beacon

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September 28, 2017 at 6:52 am

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Introducing The Grand Brighton Half Marathon!

We’re very excited to announce that we have a new sponsor for the race – The Grand Hotel Brighton will be our headline partner for the next three years.

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.”


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April 24, 2017 at 10:30 am

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2018 entries now open!



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.

Sign up now for early bird savings

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.

Enter here

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February 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm

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Podium finishers

The men’s elite race featured a nail-biting finish today as Jonathan Tipper from Kent AC closed in on the front pack in the final stretch, overtaking to storm to the finish line in a time of 1:08:37.

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.

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February 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm

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Baggage on race day

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!

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February 22, 2017 at 9:58 am

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Free runner’s MOT and 20% off massage with Sundial

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.

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February 16, 2017 at 4:58 pm

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Look out for The Grand’s Community Stage

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
Dance Lesson
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.

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January 19, 2017 at 5:03 pm

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DJ Fat Boy Slim to start the 2017 race


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 Cook running in the 2016 race

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.

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January 11, 2017 at 6:07 pm

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Run for Rockinghorse and make a real impact on the lives of children

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.

Thank You

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


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January 5, 2017 at 7:00 am

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Run for Shelter

Make your run really matter – join Team Shelter

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.

What Shelter can offer its runners

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:

  • a free Shelter running vest
  • an expert training plan
  • one-to-one fundraising advice
  • a free leg massage and a post-race reception to enjoy with your supporters
  • encouragement from the loudest cheerers on the course

Interested in running for Team Shelter in 2017? Sign up here today.

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December 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

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Charity of the Week: Chestnut Tree House

Support your local children’s hospice – join #TeamChestnut 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:


Eva’s story from St Barnabas Hospices on Vimeo.

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December 27, 2016 at 7:00 am

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Should I stretch or should I go now?

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,



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December 22, 2016 at 7:00 am

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Charity of the Week: Macmillan

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:

  • A fundraising pack full of all the resources you need to smash your fundraising target
  • A free Team Macmillan technical running vest or t-shirt, plus iron on letters to customise your kit
  • Access to the Macmillan training zone to make sure you are fighting fit on race day
  • Newsletters to keep you up to date with Macmillan news and activities
  • The best support on race day from our world-famous cheer-points
  • Exclusive access to our hospitality marquee on race day with much needed refreshments and high fives a plenty.

So help us make history and smash our £130,000 fundraising target which could:

  • help run a large Macmillan information and support centre for a year
  • support our cancer support specialists run our Macmillan Support Line phone service for a week, answering 2,807 calls and emails from people who want questions answered, need practical or financial support, or just want to chat.
  • pay for a Macmillan nurse for three years, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

What are you waiting for? – sign up now!

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December 20, 2016 at 9:32 am

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How to use RockTape

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.

  • You have a pain you rate as strong or severe (on a scale of 0-10: 6 or above)
  • You have a pain which doesn’t stop or become mild (under 3/10) in any position
  • You have a pain which is worsening despite resting it.

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.


  • Round all ends of tape: This is not just a cosmetic thing to make your tape look sexy and cool (although it will help with that). The real reason is to remove the sharp edges which can easily catch on clothes etc.
  • Apply ends of tape with 0% stretch: Important one this. In order to stop the tape popping off when you move, or worse irritating your skin, make sure that the last few cm of tape is applied with no stretch at all.
  • Avoid handling the glue side of the tape: There is no need to put your fingers on the glue side of the tape, every time you do you leave a little grease behind and weaken the glue. It’s not the end of the world if you do; but try to avoid it.
  • Rub tape all over to activate: When you lay the tape on your skin it will look and feel like it is well stuck. But unless you rub it all over it will easily lift away from the skin. By giving the top side of the tape a really good rub all over you create a little friction and cause a chemical reaction in the glue making it stick really well.
  • To watch a little video of these tips see here:


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:

  1. Put the tissue on stretch
    Get your body into a position that stretches the muscle, tendon or joint that you want to tape. This is usually pretty straight forward, if in doubt just find a position that stretches the skin tight. The chances are this will also have stretched the tissue under it. What is really important is that as you apply each piece of tape you are in this stretch position.
  2. Apply fibre tape
    The tape goes on in line with tissue fibres. Apply one end first (with no stretch at all on the tape). Peel the backing paper away and lay the tape without adding or subtracting stretch. Lay the final few cm with no stretch at all
  3. Apply decompression tape
    This tape is applied perpendicular or oblique to the fibre tape. The 2 bits of tape should cross directly over your sorest spot, band-aid/plaster style with the paper torn in the middle, the tape stretched 40-80%. Lay each end with no stretch at all

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:

Here are some examples:


Hamstrings taping


Quad taping


Calf taping


















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December 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm

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Charity of the Week: WaterAid

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.




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December 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

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Charity of the Week: Rise

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.

Join Team RISE here


Watch the video to see RISE runners at last year’s Vitality Brighton Half Marathon.

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December 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

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Charity of the Week: The Sussex Beacon

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 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 or 01273 694222.

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

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August 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Race news

Last chance to enter our Sporting Summer Prizedraw



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.

Prizes include:

  • 2 x tickets to Brighton’s Theatre Royal, plus travel within the Brighton & Hove boundary courtesy of travel partner City Cabs
  • A night’s stay for 2 at our hotel partner The Grand Brighton
  • A 3-course meal for 2, plus Prosecco and coffee at our restaurant partner Skyfall
  • A Runner’s MOT, hour’s sports massage and post-race massage from our sports therapy partner, Sundial Clinics
  • A bundle of RockTape goodies including 6 rolls of tape, 3 sets of Rock Balls and 1 Rock Roller from our sports taping partner RockTape
  • A £30 voucher from our Youth Race partner Nick Rivett Sports
  • A runner’s hamper packed with running goodies from our event management partner, E3 Group
  • A technical running T-shirt from one of our Corporate Relay partners, McKenzie Associates
  • A money-can’t-buy VIP Brighton Half Marathon package including access to our VIP marquee on race day with all the refreshments you could need, a 2017 hoodie and T-shirt, iTab, and chance to start the race in the front pack
  • Exclusive Brighton Half 2017 hoodies & T-shirts

Simply sign up to the 2017 race before 21st August to be entered into the prizedraw

enter now button light blue

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August 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Race news

Miss it, miss out

miss-it-miss-outWith 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.


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June 15, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Race news

Standard places closing soon

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.