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Giant shoe sand sculpture unveiled for charity

Brighton’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Denise Cobb last night uncovered a giant running shoe created entirely of sand, to celebrate the recent appointment of Chestnut Tree House as Local Charity Partner for the Brighton Marathon 2015.

Brighton’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Denise Cobb and Guy Clinch, Chairman of Trustees for Chestnut Tree House Credit: Chestnut Tree House

The marathon-themed 1.9m x 2m running shoe sculpture was created especially for Sussex’s only children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. Chestnut Tree House’s aim is to recruit 300 runners, one for each child the charity currently cares for.

The sculpture will remain at the Black Rock Site of the Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival on Maderia Drive until the end of September.


Brighton Marathon celebrations start here!

Two extraordinary people will be among more than 10,000 men and women running the Brighton Marathon on Sunday.

It's the fifth year of the event and world record holder Paula Radcliffe will be the official starter. But, as Andy Dickenson found out, even her feats may be eclipsed by those taking part. He speaks to runners Kevin Williams, Amanda Chalmers and race founder Tim Hutchings.


Meet the man who'll be juggling his way around the Brighton Marathon

He calls it "joggling" - running and juggling at the same time - and Kevin Williams plans to do it for the entire 26 miles of the Brighton Marathon.

All the more amazing considering that five years ago he suffered a massive brain injury after a fall. He awoke from a two week coma with no idea who he was.

The damage to his brain was so severe, Kevin had to relearn to live from scratch. His only asset a basic muscle memory.

We caught up with him training on Brighton seafront. You can sponsor him here.

Woman with double lung transplant runs in marathon

Amanda Chalmers was born with cystic fibrosis and will run the Brighton Marathon less than two years after undergoing a double lung transplant.

The 26-year-old University of Brighton graduate could hardly walk up the stairs before her life-saving operation in September 2012. She'll be raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

We caught up with her while training in nearby Preston Park. You can sponsor her here.

Parents' vow to run Brighton Marathon for Thomas

As the Brighton Marathon was taking place last year, Andy and Emily Squires from Hove had just been told their 8 month old son, Thomas, had meningitis. As they watched the race from the hospital window, they vowed that whatever happened, they'd take part in this year's event.

Another chance to see this report by Charlotte Wilkins.

Marathon thank you

As many runners out there will know we are nearing the marathon season and many are in training ahead of the Brighton marathon which takes place in April.

When the race was under way last year, Andy and Emily Squires from Hove had just been told their 8 month old son, Thomas, was suffering from meningitis.

As they watched the crowds from a hospital window, they vowed that whatever happened, they'd take part this year. Charlotte Wilkins has their story.

If you'd like to find out more about Thomas' journey, then go to:

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