Congratulations to our intrepid team of four runners who all completed Sunday’s 2016 Brighton Marathon – so far raising more than £1,500 for ITF.
They were among nearly 11,000 other runners in glorious sunshine for what has become the UK’s second largest marathon.
Harley Parfitt finished with a time of 3:50:29; Andy Normile finished in 3:56:39; and Hannah Rebekah and Sophie Winter ran and finished together in 5:10:20.
Harley, a 22-year-old trainee teacher from Rottingdean, Brighton, said, “It was my first marathon and I loved every second of it, the amount of support from the crowd was fantastic and wasn’t something I was expecting.
“The adrenaline got me through to the end – and only as it drained from by body did I realise how worn out I was.
“Despite the aching limbs and the nausea it was a good feeling and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“The atmosphere was mind boggling! I couldn’t believe the support – a special mention must go to the residential streets of Hove around mile 17, they kept me going during my most difficult part of the race.”
Harley says he was motivated to do something to help plant trees after spending three months in Malawi last year – in a region where the only available fuel was firewood and charcoal.
So far Harley has raised £250; Andy has raised £150; Sophie has raised £155 and Hannah has raised £962.85 – making a grand total of £1,517.85. With more sponsorship pledges still to come in, they are well on their way to meeting the team’s target of £2,000.
ITF chief executive, Andy Egan, himself no stranger to marathons, said: “We really appreciate the time and effort our runners have put into training for the race and raising funds for ITF. Completing a marathon is a huge achievement.”
The race was run by the reigning champion Duncan Mayio with a time of 2:09:54 – just outside the course record.
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