Sussex Air Ambulance needs runners for Brighton Marathon

SUSSEX Air Ambulance is appealing for runners to raise vital funds by taking part in this year’s Brighton Marathon.

Charity places are still available for anyone who would like to take on this amazing challenge, get fit and help the Air Ambulance to save lives.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has been chosen as an official charity partner for this year’s second 26 mile run which takes place on April 10.

West Sussex county fundraiser Cheryl Johnson appealed to anyone interested in running to express their interest as soon as possible as the deadline for registration is February 4.

She said: “This is traditionally a time of year, following the festive period, when people are looking for ways of keeping fit.

“Brighton Marathon is a fantastic way to do this but it requires a lot of training which is why we need people to sign up now.”

All entrants will receive a fundraising pack including sponsor forms, support and advice from the charity’s fundraising team, a training guide and an Air Ambulance running vest.

During the marathon, runners will be spurred along by a special Air Ambulance cheering squad armed with whistles, banners and balloons.

Afterwards they will then be invited to a post race reception and thank you coffee morning with family and friends welcome.

More than 50 runners chose to run for the Air Ambulance at last year’s inaugural event, raising more than £20,000.

It costs £1.7m a year to keep the helicopter flying and the service relies almost entirely on public donations.

Among this year’s runners is father-of-three Neil Cooper, from Goring, who also ran last year.

He said: “I’ve never had this level of support before from any other charities that I have run for.

“It will be a pleasure to run for the Air Ambulance again.”

Anyone interested in running the Brighton Marathon should call Cheryl Johnson on 07738 486633.

For more information visit www.sussexairambulance.com/support/BrightonMarathon.