This year we’re thrilled to have 20 runners participating in the Brighton Marathon and 10k races on April 17th 2016, representing Friday-Ad and the Friday Media Group Foundation. All runners will be raising money and publicising the brilliant work of St Peter & St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre.
As Sunday April 17th approaches our intrepid runners are preparing mentally and physically to push themselves to the limits – and for a very good cause. Money raised for St Peter & St James will go towards the wonderful care provided to hundreds of patients in Sussex who are very unwell with cancer and other conditions, and need specialist end of life, continuing or respite care.
At the Hospice and Continuing Care Centre in North Chailey 23 patient rooms provide care for over 2,000 overnight in-patient stays. Invaluable work also goes on out in the community as over 90% of care is given in patients’ homes. The centre and its teams give specialist support to around 600 patients each year, including nursing and medical care, counselling, welfare services, physiotherapy, complimentary therapy and spiritual care.
We were struck by the fact that St Peter & St James needs to raise over £7,200 a day to run the hospice and community services – and we’re glad to be in a position to help.
Marketing Manager for Friday-Ad and Local Markeplaces, Billy Humphreys says: “This organisation is absolutely incredible because is offers a home from home in beautiful surroundings for patients and their families when they need it most. It is run by dedicated and highly skilled people, and it’s clear that the standard of care given is second to none. To offer this service for free is wonderful and it’s a great feeling to know that our efforts on the day of the race will go towards helping in some way.”
In the weeks before the Brighton Marathon and 10k races the Friday Media Group head office in Sayers Common will be visited by Carolyn Robinson, Donor Relationship Manager for St Peter & St James, who will be giving a presentation about the work of the Hospice.
To boost our fundraising efforts we will be holding a Cake Sale in the run up to Marathon weekend, and launching a Charity Sweepstake so staff can bet on the total time of the participating runners. We’re also setting up a 12-hour ‘Treadmill Runathon’ on the sales floor – so anyone who owns a pair of trainers can have their moment in the spotlight!
- Invest in really good running shoes – and remember they need replacing every 500 miles!
- Build up slowly, adding a little more distance every few days until you’re able to run the full distance at least 2 weeks before the big day. If you rush into long distances too soon you risk injury.
- Don’t get bored! It’s a great idea to train with other people as then a long run becomes fun and you can encourage each other along the way.
- Vary your exercise – You can build your strength and stamina by swimming, the cross trainer, cycling etc – not just running.
- Eat lots of pasta.
- Don’t get drunk the night before!