Record number of runners for Chestnut Tree House in this year’s marathon

Record numbers of more than 270 runners supported local children’s charity Chestnut Tree House in running events in Brighton on Sunday 17 April 2016 raising thousands of pounds in the process.

Beginners and experienced runners from all over Sussex and further afield took up the challenge to run the BM10k and the full 26.2 mile Brighton Marathon, the second biggest marathon in the UK.

The children’s hospice provides care and support to over 300 children with life- shortening conditions and their families across Sussex, both at the House and across the county in their own homes.

Chestnut Tree runner Thomas Bunce
Chestnut Tree runner Thomas Bunce

Thomas Bunce from Worthing aged 22 years old, had run the Brighton Marathon three times before and was taking part in his seventh race for Chestnut Tree House on Sunday when he achieved his personal best of 3 hours 21 minutes. Thomas explained he had been very ill as a child, spending a lot of his childhood in hospitals and missing school. Having experienced illness as a child he wanted to help other children and decided to support Chestnut Tree House. His mum, Julie, said she was incredibly proud of him and his achievements.

The first runner back for Chestnut Tree House in the BM10K was Joe Skeaping from Brighton aged 30 years old. He runs regularly and chose to raise money for Chestnut Tree House because, as a parent, he feels passionately that the care and support the hospice provides to sick children and their families is so important.

Chestnut Tree Team Patcham United BM10K
Chestnut Tree Team Patcham United BM10K

A team of coaches from Patcham United football Club, Clinton, Simon, Martin, Andy and Steve, all competed the BM10K and have raised around £1,000. They train two boys whose siblings rely heavily on the care provided by Chestnut Tree House and they wanted to help a charity so close to their hearts.

The first runner to finish the Brighton Marathon for Chestnut Tree was elite runner Jared Bethell who completed the race in 2 hours 45 minutes 13 seconds and said he could do it again! He will be running again when he takes part in the London Marathon next week. He supported Chestnut Tree because knows it is a very special place and has contact with a family of a child that has been to the hospice.

Nicky Ifould, Events and Campaign Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House, said: “On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House I would like to say a huge well done and thank you to all our runners. You were all fantastic, raising vital funds and increasing awareness for the hospice.

“We are on track to raise more than last year’s total of £80,000 which would provide care for the children and families we support for 12 days, both at the hospice and out in the community. Thank you too to our amazing team of volunteers, without them it would not be possible to support our runners.”

Registration is now open at www.brightonmarathon.co.uk and runners can sign up for a Chestnut Tree House charity place in the 2017 Brighton Marathon by visiting www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/brightonmarathon