Brighton Marathon: Meet the FBB HEROES!

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Brighton Marathon: Meet the FBB HEROES!

3 DAYS TO GO! On Sunday 9th April, eleven FBB supporters are taking on the Brighton marathon to raise money for FBB! The team of eleven are involved with FBB in different ways and most have never run a marathon before. Let’s find out a little bit more about four of our runners and why they wanted to run for FBB!

How did you hear about FBB?
Ade Okikiola – “I was invited to a women’s football session around four years ago and have since been a proud team player of the Warriors.”
Kat Hartley-Booth – “Through a work friend who lives with Tom Perez – who proceeded to tell me all about it and the amazing work you do!”
Marcus Marritt – “I first heard about FBB a few years ago in the early days. Through somewhat common good grounds.”
Joe Millyard – “I first heard about FBB through my work at Football Radar.  FBB have given myself and my colleagues the opportunity to get involved in their programmes and fundraising around the local area.  Through our charity partnership, we are able to develop the next generation of budding football analysts!”
 
What do you like about the work FBB do?
Ade “I am really attracted to the dedication FBB puts into young people. Football is such a great game and I think it’s amazing how many lives the organisation get to encounter with.”
Kat – “I am a massive supporter of physical activity in any form and the ways in which it can solve wider issues. FBB seeks to improve the education and thus the future of young people, through a sport that these young people can express themselves through, creating a link between something they love (football, sport) and their future. It’s an amazing feat.”
Marcus – ” The energy of the team behind FBB is just relentless, and what good kids they work with are a credit to what they want to achieve.”
Joe – “Like me, FBB believe that football has the power to change the lives of young people.  By harnessing their passion for football, we can help them develop the kind of skills required to succeed in life.”

Why have you chosen to run a marathon for FBB?
Ade – “I have been connected with FBB for a while and really want to show my support and extend my part in the organisation so took the opportunity to run with some amazing people.”
Kat – “Because it’s an amazing charity and the marathon counts towards a ‘100-mile race challenge’ I’m undertaking this year, so I’m ticking two boxes in one go!”
Marcus – “It was a last minute challenge to help out an amazing cause.”
Joe – “I have experienced first hand some of the brilliant projects and fundraising activities that FBB offer and want to help ensure that their great work can continue.”
 
How have you found your marathon training to date?
Ade – “My journey coming up to the event has been testing but very rewarding having run long distance in the past it’s been nice to rekindle that part of my life I have enjoyed getting to see different parts of London and can really see a significant improvement in my wellbeing I just hope it all pays off on the day.”
Kat – “Difficult – I have an achilles injury – so I’ll be walking it!”
Marcus – “Well, I had 6 weeks to train for my first marathon, and have come across numerous injuries and a physio programme to fix an apparent long standing issue with altered dynamics of my femoral and sciatic nerves. I’ll be the walking, and slowly jogging, wounded but it won’t stop me.”
Joe – “Tough…!  I have picked up a couple of injuries along the way but remain determined to complete the race.  Although I haven’t been able to go the distances that I would have liked in training, I am still hopeful of a good time!”
 
How much experience do you have of running marathons?
Ade – “ZERO the furthest I have ever run in 5k and that’s not even up to half of a Marathon YIKES.”
Kat – “Ive run around 10 half marathons and competed in races of up to 20 miles.”
Joe – “I have always enjoyed running, but this is my first marathon.  Hopefully my experience in running half marathons will stand me in good stead of the day.”
 
If you could take one lucky charm on your marathon what would it be and why?
Ade – “One lucky charm will be Hermes winged sandals. Till then may the Gods be with me.”
Kat – “A packet of wotsits because they have tons of energy, they taste good, and they make me happy.”
Marcus – “My lucky charm would be a very lego hobbit.”
Joe – “Probably a memento of my club’s greatest (and luckiest!) triumph – my Chelsea ‘Champions of Europe 2012’ commemorative shirt!  That star above the badge…”

You can find all of our runners JustGiving pages HERE. These are just four of the eleven FBB legends running the Brighton Marathon on 9th April for FBB! Keep an eye out for more videos about our runners on facebook and twitter. If you are interested in running a marathon for FBB send an email to tperez@footballbeyondborders.org!