On the run for fifth Brighton marathon

FUNDRAISERS from across the Herald & Gazette patch put on their running shoes and took to the streets of Brighton for the city’s fifth marathon on Sunday.

Iain Lynch ran the marathon in support of Wolfram Syndrome UK
Iain Lynch ran the marathon in support of Wolfram Syndrome UK

Ivan Lyons was the first fully dressed Superman to cross the line, as he finished his 74th full marathon. Ivan, who is managing director of Worthing-based Investment Solutions Wealth Management Ltd, aims to complete one marathon every month, and the Brighton event was his fourth this year.

He has run all five Brighton Marathons to date, finishing this year’s in 3hr 48min.

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Ivan is often seen running around Worthing, and is aiming to run his 100th marathon by his 50th birthday, in three years’ time.

For 18-year-old Iain Lynch, the event was his first marathon. He ran in support of Wolfram Syndrome UK, a charity set up by his parents after his sister was diagnosed with the condition. He completed the course in 3hrs 30 mins 17 secs and raised £650, which his mum Tracy said was an ‘excellent achievement’.

Mike Maskell, Graeme Bellwood, Richard Ferries and Patrick Bartholomew ran the 26.2 mile distance in aid of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects. Rachel Blair, WCHP community fundraiser, said: “It was fantastic to see so many runners wearing charity vests and the streets lined with the banners and flags of different local and national causes. We are really grateful to our and want to say a huge thank you.”

Lorraine Slaughter, 47, and Amanda Taylor, 40, both of East Preston, raised more than £600 for Cancer Research and more than £500 for the British Heart Foundation.

Amanda said: “We ran for these charities as they are very close to our hearts due to family members suffering and passing away from heart conditions and cancer.

“The whole atmosphere was amazing and the volunteers and support was superb, a fantastic and emotional day.”

George Dollner, 18, Lancing builder Spike (Paul Godley), Worthing Strider and Financial Advisor Karen McGrath and Ricky Edwards and his 15-year-old son Nathan raised more than £5,000 for two Guild Care projects.

Runners received lots of support for runners as they passed by Carats Cafe, in Basin Road South, and made their way around Shoreham Harbour.