Tommy's fundraising story, 05/10/2016
A beautiful run along Brighton’s coastline and around one of the country’s most vibrant cities - Brighton Marathon is the challenge to take on for Tommy’s this year!
Aside the rewarding personal challenge, Brighton is a wonderfully full and exciting city that makes this marathon a fantastic day out for friends and family who come to show their support.
Brighton’s beach front race finish becomes the setting for the unique Beach Village where you can buy food and drink, chill out in a deckchair, watch live screens and, of course, come to meet the Tommy’s team!
Take the opportunity to explore the city and see some of the sites Brighton has to offer as well as taking in a bit of local flavour – literally!
You can pop into Choccywoccydoodah for a well-earned sugar fix after you cross that finish line – their chocolate mendiants are the kind of medals we could get along with!
If your legs are still up to if after 26.2 miles of running then take a wander down Brighton’s iconic pier and enjoy some old fashioned fun in the fairground.
But don’t take our word for it…
Vicky Hodgins ran the Brighton Marathon for Tommy’s last year and enjoyed it so much she is taking on the London Marathon this year!
‘I ran the Brighton Marathon for you two weekends ago and then watched the London Marathon this weekend inspired and incredibly green of all those running. I just want to do London and raise more money and awareness for Tommy's. Brighton was incredible I have no doubt London will be electric!’
For many people, signing up to run for Tommy’s has a personal significance.
Vicky signed up for Team Tommy’s after having experienced the pain of recurrent miscarriage and anxiety of premature birth.
‘Having experienced three miscarriages and had our third son Joel at 28 weeks I know how important it is to have the support and knowledge that Tommy's gives. Joel has been incredibly poorly and we are blessed to have him. He was born in November 2014 and since then our lives have changed enormously. It's been an incredible journey for the whole family and one which has made us stronger. I wasn't a runner before Joel it would never have occurred to me to run a half marathon let alone a full one! Running and training for Brighton gave me the headspace I needed to survive with a smile the past 15 months.’
Brighton’s long stretch of quiet beach front is the perfect place to remember your lost loved ones and also celebrate those you have with you – according to locals the further you get from the bottom of West Street the quieter and more peaceful it gets.
The secret garden behind St Leonard’s Church in Hove is home to a beautiful wildlife pond, benches and features for children – it’s the idea location for a peaceful moment or reflection or remembrance.
Whatever your reasons for seeking a challenge in 2017 may be, we think Brighton Marathon is the one to run next year.
If you have been convinced by Vicky’s testimony then visit our website to secure your space on Team Tommy’s for the Brighton Marathon 2017.
If you managed to bag yourself a place in the ballot you can still take this opportunity to support Tommy’s. Click here to sign up as an own place runner and get a free Tommy’s running vest and fundraising materials.
See you on the beach!
Lewis writes about his journey and why he chooses to run for #TeamTommys.
There are times when it all feels like too much, but at those times I think of my daughter, who was such a fighter, and suddenly everything seems more manageable again.
"I truly feel without the support of the EPU and the peace of mind given to us through the Tommy's study we would not be where we are today."
Little Anderson was born under the care of the Tommy's Early Miscarriage Research Centre at London Imperial.
My miscarriage story started in February 2016- it was early, at about 6 weeks and I put it down to one of those things.