On the 6th April, five intrepid runners lined up with thousands of others on the start line of the Brighton Marathon 2014. Those five had chosen to slog through 26.6 miles not only for the massive personal accomplishment of being able to say they’ve run a marathon but also to fundraise for Children on the Edge.
For all five it was their first experience of running the marathon distance. John Miles, who completed the race in an astonishing 3 hours 52 minutes 05 seconds had this to say about the race “There were thousands of people along the route cheering and waving as well as various bands - particularly drummers - to jolly you along. I quite enjoyed the event and I am absolutely overjoyed by my time and results. But will I do another marathon - NO! ...well maybe…”. Having recently spoken to John, we know that he has indeed signed up already to run the Brighton Marathon again in 2015!
Another of our runners, Indra Ove, also loved her first marathon experience: “Well I did it ! My time was 4hrs 18 mins, which I'm thrilled with. The first 21 miles were great, the last 5.2 miles were really painful so I ran/limped my way to the end. But I loved it - it was so exhilarating!”
All of our runners completed the race with some absolutely smashing their personal goals; Steve Willie was aiming to run a sub 4:45 race; “The race was great, up until around the 30km mark I was really flying and was headed for a sub 4 hour finish but then I hit the dreaded wall and had to start walking/running. Oh well. I was aiming for a 4:45 finish and ended up doing it in about 4:15! So I have to be happy with that!”.
Jo Langrish and John Cotterell also ran for Children on the Edge on the day and both achieved fantastic finish times.
Aside from the accomplishment of finishing the race, all of our runners have been raising funds for Children on the Edge. Between them, they’ve raised over £2500 for our work in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
If you would like further information about our projects please do not hesitate to browse our 'What we do' page.If you're interested in running for us, contact the team at Children on the Edge, or think about signing up for the Chichester Half Marathon in October!