Meet the Ambassadors

On each of our long Sunday runs there will be experienced and very friendly RunBrighton ambassadors to support you and help you achieve your race target. Here’s the  team for Winter 2017/18…

 

 

Amanda

After a few false starts, I rekindled my running fire as an overweight smoker in my late 30’s, culminating in my first marathon in 2014. Weight and ciggies now ditched, I run as much for my mind as my body and am happiest scampering around on the Sussex Downs or in the wilds of Cornwall.  I regularly enter runs throughout Sussex and can be found running for the weekly prize of coffee and cake amongst the Hove parkrunners on a Saturday morning.

 

 

Amanda

I started running in 2003 with Brighton and Hove Women’s running Club. Since then, I’ve run many local races including the Brighton 10K, Marathon and Half Marathon, Steyning Stinger, Beachy Head Marathon, etc.  And in April 2018 I will attempt my first ultra – SDW50 (yikes!). For a long time, I had said “never a marathon” – famous last words! I have been a RunBrighton Ambassador for several years during the winter seasons, and am looking forward to returning this winter.

 

 

Andy

I started running fairly late in life, and evolved from five minutes on the gym treadmill to furtive under-the-cover-of-darkness seafront runs. I caught the running bug, joined Arena 80 AC and now I really enjoy trail marathons. I have recently stepped up to ultras and have signed up for the SDW100 in June 2018.

 

 

Annie

I feel I am best described as a ‘Reluctant Runner’! I joined RunBrighton for the 2014/15 winter season, as I wanted to train for the 2015 Brighton Half and the Brighton Marathon. My sole motivation was to raise money for two particular charities in the year that I had a birthday ending in a ‘0’.

I really appreciated the friendliness, companionship, encouragement and support of the ambassadors, especially as I was always in the slowest group at the back of the pack and needed all the help that was on offer.

I now enjoy giving something back as a way of saying ‘thank you’ in the hope that I can support others new to RunBrighton, and demonstrate that there is absolutely no shame in walking at times, if it means that you can continue to move forward!

Read our interview with Annie

 

 

Brigitte

Like a number of women, I discovered running through taking part in the Race for Life. I remember it well; I completed it in 39:30 and was delighted to have run all the way.  Well and truly hooked, I went on to help set up what is now Brighton and Hove Women’s Running Club, where I was an extremely active member for many years.  The years roll on and I am now a member of Arena 80, a qualified coach, accomplished endurance runner, who enjoys pushing the distance boundaries, and all-round running geek!

Read our interview with Brigitte

 

 

Chris

I have been a participant of the RunBrighton training runs for the past eight years, gaining valuable experience running anything from 10ks to marathons. In April 2016 I ran my 6th Brighton Marathon. I’ve managed to get a little bit faster in my ‘old’ age and, due to RunBrighton’s training, achieved personal best times in both half-marathon and 10 miles. I am now looking to take the next step up to ultra.

 

 

Daren

I have enjoyed running for many years, starting in my early teens at school. I got back into serious running, training and coaching about 10 years ago when my son Jake was competing. I have competed in races of all distances and terrains, cross-country being my favourite. I have been a pacer in the Brighton Marathon, Brighton Half Marathon and a couple of 10k races. I was an ambassador for the Brighton Marathon for the first 4 years. I am also a level 2 running coach.

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Daz

My life changed in 2009 after a drunken bet was placed with a couple of mates to start running. It culminated in completing the Brighton marathon and is yet to stop! Now I couldn’t imagine life without running. I find a long run a way to switch off from work, and happily spend hours on the trails of the South Downs.

Read our interview with Daz

 

 

Karen

Whilst on maternity leave, aged 32, I heard a programme on the radio which listed the top 10 things all women should do before turning 40 – this included running a marathon!

It wasn’t until I was 39 that I remembered my personal challenge – I entered the London marathon and then decided that I had better start running. I have been running ever since and have completed 28 marathons, countless half-marathons and almost 200 parkruns. I have run with many, many people and what stands out is how positive and encouraging people are.

I paced the Brighton Marathon in 2017 – one of my favourite running experiences to date.

 

 

Lisa

I half-heartedly started running in 2009 as I wanted to complete a 5K Race for Life. I enjoyed it so much and immediately signed up for a 10k race 3 months later. Just after this 10k, the launch of the Brighton Marathon was announced and I felt it churlish not to enter.

Running is now part of who I am. I have now competed in many road and trail marathons, and beyond. My proudest moment was in April 2016 when I crossed the finish line of the South Downs Way 100, a 100-mile trail race from Winchester to Eastbourne.

I’m an active member and CiRF (Coach in Running Fitness) of Brighton and Hove Women’s Running Club and am passionate about supporting others to achieve their running goals.

Read our interview with Lisa

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Magdalena

I was never interested in running, until 2010 when a few of my friends decided to do Race for Life. I thought 5k can’t be that hard so, with no preparation whatsoever, I just turned up in my pink outfit ready to go. This was the longest 45 minutes in my life! I can’t say I fell in love with running instantly, but there was something pulling me towards it. So, in 2011, I volunteered at the Brighton Marathon; the atmosphere at the finish was just amazing, and the rest is history! I’ve now completed three full and several half marathons, plus various 5k, 5mile and 10k races. I’m not the fastest of runners, and you’re more likely to see me at the back end of the group, but running has definitely become part of my life.

 

 

Michele

I signed up to do a 10-week Beginners running course in April 2004 and the best moment for me was taking part in my first Race for Life in July 2004.  I have participated in various different races and distances since then and running is now a big part of my life.  I have been to so many places around the UK and Europe to participate in races and have met some great friends along the way who are ‘friends for life’.

Read our interview with Michele

 

 

Michelle

I started running when I moved to the Brighton area and was encouraged by a regular running neighbour to join her.  We had so much fun covering the local footpaths that I didn’t notice the miles clocking up.  The following year the first Brighton Marathon was launched and we thought “why not?” It was a fantastic experience and I have now run three Brighton Marathons and the BM10K.  I also enjoy parkrun and the company of lots of new running friends.

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Mike

I took up running when I moved to Brighton in 1996 and joined Brighton & Hove Athletics Club. Five months later, I ran my first London Marathon. I’ve since gone on to run in numerous races over a range of distances, including nine marathons. I’ve been managing RunBrighton since January 2014, and took ownership of it in August 2015. I wrote Running for the B-Team, published in December 2015 – a comical account of my long term obsession to try and run a marathon in under 3hrs.

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Rick

I’d been running, on and off, for about ten years without really improving, or even trying to improve. I then stumbled into the Hove Park Time Trial on the 3rd November 2007 for their inaugural event and finished 14th out of 17 runners, in 24:32. The HPTT became Brighton & Hove parkrun and I’ve now completed over 300 parkruns with a PB of 19:38. Since then, I’ve joined a running club and have completed 18 marathons, including two ultra-marathons.

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Stephen

I started running in summer 2010 after watching (by accident) the first Brighton Marathon. Hit by an impending mid-life crisis, and ballooning waistline, I decided to start running in an attempt to keep up with my young family. I got bitten by the ‘running bug’ and have now run over 20 marathons and ultra-marathons, set an Official Guinness World Record for the ‘fastest half marathon dressed as a bottle’, and lost around 20kg. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Away from running, I’m one of the owners of award-winning local brewery, Brighton Bier, (hence the bottle record), so running also helps try to keep the beer belly at bay!

 

 

Steve

I got into running in 2003, and have since done around 20 marathons and 10 ultras. My toughest challenge (and best achievement) to date was the 2017 UltraMilano-Sanremo, the longest road ultra in Europe – 177 miles. I finished in 3rd place, in just outside 38hrs. I’m looking forward to helping RunBrighton runners achieve their 2018 half & full marathon goals.

Read about Steve’s UltraMilano-Sanremo race

 

 

 

Tim

In 2010 I watched a friend run the Brighton Marathon and thought to myself “I can do that; I know I can!” First a 10k, then a few more, then a half marathon, then a few more, then I bravely signed up for Berlin Marathon. I have since run three Brighton Marathons. In seven years I’ve gained valuable experience at a range of distances and discovered a love of running that had laid dormant for decades! I have learned that nothing is more valuable than running with others, sharing knowledge and experiences and having buddies to babble at about running. Your friends can only take so much!

 

 

Tom

I started running at the end of 2014 (having tried a couple of parkruns in early 2013) and quickly found that I loved seeing my progress through training as well as the idea of getting stronger, fitter and faster each day. Running allows me to challenge myself each day in the pursuit of achieving those goals. I am definitely an advocate of slowing down to speed up. One of my goals is to get involved with running/fitness initiatives that support and give back to the community, and I feel that RunBrighton fits that bill.

Read our interview with Tom