Brighton was buzzing as the tenth anniversary of the marathon took place, with people turning out in their droves to support the participants.
Over 17,000 thousand runners and cyclists took part in the Brighton Marathon Weekend, many representing charitable causes, including Rockinghorse. The children’s charity which is based in Brighton, had 38 participants taking part in the Mini Mile Race, BM Ride, BM10k and Brighton Marathon.
Together they raised over £18,000 and counting as more money continues to be donated. This year, all funds raised by Rockinghorse participants from the Brighton Marathon Weekend will be donated to the charity’s activities programme at Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit.
Based in Haywards Heath, Chalkhill is the only unit of its kind in Sussex, helping young people to recover from mental health illnesses. Rockinghorse has been supporting the unit with its activities programme since 2015 which has proven to be a great success, complementing the clinical and educational work at the unit.
Hannah Seltzer is the challenge events fundraising manager at Rockinghorse and was there to support the charity’s runners and cyclists from a cheering point at Brunswick Square in Hove. She says, “What a weekend! Not only did we have four children taking part in the Mini Mile Race on Saturday, but we are very grateful to have had 34 supporters taking part in Sunday’s BM Ride, BM10k and Brighton Marathon.
“Thanks to their incredible support, we’ve raised over £18,000 towards the Rockinghorse Activities Programme at Chalkhill which will help fund the scheme throughout the rest of the year.”
Rockinghorse is now looking to recruit runners for Brighton Run2Music on Saturday 11 May. As an official charity partner of the event, those taking part in the 5k, 10k or 21k distances will also help to support Rockinghorse’s projects at Chalkhill.