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Sam is the star of 'This Girl Can' campaign

Last week we spoke to distance runner Jo Pavey as she prepares to take part in the Great South Run. She'll be running ten miles - but the weekend also hosts a shorter 5k event. And one of those taking part in that is a mother from Bournemouth who's become a poster girl for running, even though she says she's no athlete. Sam Mollaghan is part of Sport England's 'This Girl Can' campaign. As Sally Simmonds reports, she believes anyone can take up the sport.


Historic sport makes a comeback

A sport which was popular in parts of East Kent hundreds of years ago is being revived. Goal running involves two teams with players trying to catch their opponents before they make it back to base. It's a more complicated version of the game of 'tag' or 'it'. Teams from Maidstone Hockey Club have been training for a match against Ashford Barbarians rugby club later this month. We talk to one of the players Josh Littler and Vivienne Vidal, from Woodchurch Museum, who has organised the event.

12,500 runners due at today's Brighton Half Marathon

Spectators and runners at the Brighton Half Marathon in 2014

The twenty-fifth annual Brighton Half Marathon takes place today. The organisers say that 12,500 amateur and elite athletes are expected to take to the streets with their running shoes firmly fastened.

The runners will start at Madeira Drive in Brighton at 9am and follow a 13.1 mile route around the city of Brighton and Hove.

Two thousand more runners are taking part in the 2015 event, compared to the Brighton Half Marathon of 2014.

>> Watch ITV Meridian's coverage of the Brighton Half Marathon in 2014 by clicking here.

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The route of this year's Brighton Marathon Credit: Brighton Half Marathon 2015


Thousands run marathon in perfect conditions

Runners from across the south are among the 36000 taking part in the London marathon.

Mo Farah is among the favourites in his first marathon since becoming a double Olympic gold medallist. Running conditions are said to be near perfect, with many mnore thousand spectators lining the 26.2 mile route

Celebrities taking part include former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, and Michelin-star chef Michel Roux Jr. Rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins pushed the famous red button at the start line on Shooters Hill.

Wife inspires London Marathon run

James Rose, 29, from Maidstone, will run the London Marathon in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

James was inspired to help the charity after hearing about how it helped his wife Amy, who was diagnosed with the rare bone marrow disease aplastic anaemia at the age of 13.

When Amy was 16, Make-A-Wish arranged for her to travel to America where she met the cast of her favourite TV show Friends.

As part of the wish day, Amy and her family also sat in the audience to watch an episode of the show being filmed.

James said: "Amy is now 27, and it still touches her when she talks about her time in hospital and the support that Make-A-Wish gave her and her family."

Marathon run in memory of late friend

Charlotte Drinkwater is running the London Marathon for Jigsaw (South East) in memory of her friend who died last year from cancer, leaving behind her husband and nine-year-old boy.

She is undertaking her first marathon to raise much-needed funds for local charity, Jigsaw (South East).

Charlotte, 38, from Caterham was motivated to sign up to the world’s largest annual fundraising event after witnessing her late friend Annette Boyle’s two-year battle with lung cancer.

During her illness, which was diagnosed in November 2011, she sought help and guidance from Jigsaw (South East) which offered support and counselling for her little boy, husband and extended family. They continue to help the family through their grief.

Hampshire man runs for his uncle and Alzheimer’s Research UK

Fergus Graham with his sons Arlo and Gabriel Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

The nephew of a Wiltshire couple living with the daily reality of dementia will run the London Marathon to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Fergus' Uncle Jamie Graham Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

Fergus Graham, a former junior GB rower, signed up for the 26.2-mile race across the capital in support of his uncle, Jamie, from Dauntsey, near Chippenham, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at just 59.

The 40-year-old, from Whitchurch, Hampshire, hopes to raise at least £5,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

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