This Sunday 14th April, two incredible people and long-term FBB supporters Elly and Charlie will line up to face the impressive challenge of completing the Brighton Marathon whilst raising funds for FBB. They will be joined by over 12,000 runners taking part in what is now the second-largest marathon in the UK and the eighth largest in Europe.
Our amazing competitors will be treated to the sea breeze and beautiful vistas of Brighton’s glorious seafront, before the race concludes at the iconic Madeira Drive in front of thousands of cheering spectators – where the FBB Family will be waiting to celebrate with them.
If you’re in Brighton this Sunday, come and join us as we cheer them on. To get involved or to take part in a future challenge event on behalf of FBB, please email email@example.com. You can find out more about running for FBB here.
We spoke to Elly and Charlie to hear about their training, what motivates them and why FBB is so close to their hearts.
Why did you choose to support FBB?
Elly: ‘Having worked in many schools I have lots of experience with disengaged kids. Supporting FBB is a great way for me to be able to help. I have seen the effects of their programmes and the joy, confidence and focus of the participants. I have raised money for FBB before and it feels good to be able to directly aid their work again.’
Charlie: ‘I had heard of FBB through a friend and it was the perfect combination of things that I am passionate about [running], helping young people and football.’
What has training been like?
Elly: ‘The brilliant thing about signing up and starting to train is that it has got me back into running again. Running by the sea (in Brighton) on a clear day is such a good way to clear the head, get endorphins going and the heart pumping.’
Charlie: ‘I have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be a real slog but I’ve managed to get myself out around 3 times a week pretty consistently, seeing the improvements is always a nice feeling.’
What has kept you motivated?
Elly: ‘A big physically challenging event can be quite emotional and although unrelated to my FBB cause, a recent bereavement in the family has fired me up and kept me going. I want to run for them. I also told myself I would run a full marathon before 35 so I am hitting that goal!’
Charlie: ‘The thought of running it on the actual day! It is going to be an awesome experience. I have been to similar events and the atmosphere has always been amazing so I am looking forward to being part of it again.’
What has support been like from your friends and family?
Elly: ‘I have regularly been told that I am crazy… but always said with love! I must give a shout out to my partner who has been incredibly supportive.’
Charlie: ‘It’s been great! I’ve roped a few into coming down to Brighton on the day. They have all been super supportive and most have chipped in with a few quid here and there to help me with fundraising.’
It’s marathon season! 🏃♂🏃♀💨
Watch this short video of an FBB volunteer, Charlie Conner, who will be running the Brighton Marathon for us on the 14th April. 💫
If you’d like to join Charlie, then email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is this Friday! 📲 pic.twitter.com/R0YF1XWS2P
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