Brighton's athletes are limbering up for the Half Marathon today - here are some of their inspirational stories.
Jo Osborne lost her mum to cancer in 2008 and her last few days were spent being cared for in St Wilfrid's Hospice, which is why Jo is raising money for them. Jo started running last April, joined a running club, entered a few events and now has got the running bug. Jo has been involved in facilitating the Brighton Half Marathon for the last seven years but never dreamt of entering and taking part herself. Even though Jo's mum won't be there to see her cross the finish line, Jo will run thinking of her and will raise some money for the hospice and its staff who were amazing.
Lesley Tugwell started running almost 5 years ago with the Worthing Harriers. She's battled problems with her foot and x-rays showed bone growth caused by arthritis. This year her aim is to enjoy the race, take in the sights and crowds and just to "get round". To complete the race in 2 hours would be the icing on the cake, she says.
Nikki Bailey is running for Beat Bullying. In December 2010 she decided to go on a diet. She undertook a sponsored diet and stuck to various fitness classes, walked everywhere & followed a healthy balanced diet. She decided she needed a bigger challenge to keep her focused so she signed up for the Brighton Half Marathon 2012 which was a massive decision for her as a "forty two year old wife & mummy of two young girls"
Nikki says: "running has helped me stay in a good frame of mind, I am finding I am not getting as low, anxious & stressed as I often do. The best medicine isn’t in tablet form its right there when I look down at my feet, one foot in front of the other & keep going!"
This is Tom Gallagher's first half marathon. He chose Brighton because of the seafront route and iconic location. He' s travelling down from Manchester and has never run an official race before or further than 5k but decided to give it 'a bash'. Tom has has lost several members of his family to cancer, most recently his grandad, Derek, on Christmas Eve and is therefore running in their memory. He's running to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.