130 runners braved the wind and the rain on Sunday 23 February, taking part in The Grand Brighton Half Marathon 2020 in aid of their local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. From keen runners pushing for a personal best to those taking part in fancy dress, ‘Team Chestnut’ are on track to raise an incredible £40,000.
The first person to finish for Chestnut Tree House was Steve Bird from Burgess Hill, who completed the race in an impressive 1:28:49. “It was very windy, but a fantastic day, and lots of money was raised for fantastic causes,” said Steve. “I’d like to say a bit thank you to everybody who was out on the course supporting the Chestnut Tree House runners.”
Another Team Chestnut runner who highlighted the importance of the support from around the course, was 33-year-old Andrew Spencer, who ran the Brighton Half wearing full cricket gear. “It was great to have all the support” said Andrew after the race. “Everyone cheering you on from the side-lines and handing out jelly babies – they really kept me going! It was pretty difficult to be honest, with the 50mph winds, but I’m really pleased I’ve done it.” Andrew completed the race in 2:17:40 and has currently raised over £1,400 for Chestnut Tree House.
Andrew Battley, Events Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “We are so grateful to Team Chestnut and it was wonderful to have such a diverse group of people take part in the Brighton Half this year. It’s always great to see our regular runners, but equally, it was inspiring to meet many first-time runners who had chosen to take on their first challenge for us. Your support is invaluable to Chestnut Tree House. Because of you, we can provide 24-hour care, love and laughter to local children with life-shortening conditions and their families”.
The next big running event is the Brighton Marathon Weekend, which includes the BM10k. Entries are now closed for the Marathon itself, but there is still time to get involved in the BM10k, and join over 60 people who have already signed up to be part of Team Chestnut on Sunday 19 April 2020.