Uckfield and Heathfield marathon runners raise money for Childline

TWO local runners raised money for Childline by running in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday. The pair both joined more than 20,000 runners to cover the 26.2 mile route around the town.

Emma Hayland, 38 from Uckfield completed the race in four hours, 16 minutes. She said: “This was the first time that I’ve taken part in the event but I had a great time. The highlight for me was finishing in one piece and the crowds around the route were really amazing cheering us along. I couldn’t have done without them.”

Ginny Wyatt, 35 from Heathfield also ran for Childline and covered the distance in five hours, 32 minutes. Ginny said: “I wanted to run for ChildLine as I actually used the service as a child and believe that they do fantastic work in supporting children who need help. The best bit of the day for me was the atmosphere around the course which was amazing – that and the massage at the end!”

The NSPCC was chosen as the Brighton Marathon’s Official National Charity Partner for 2012 and all the money raised through the generosity of NSPCC runners will help to develop the charity’s vital ChildLine service.

ChildLine was launched by Esther Rantzen on October 30 1986 in response to a plea from children. That first year, it received 23,000 calls from children.