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With Brighton Marathon 2017 now behind us, we spoke to one of our amazing supporters following her incredible race. Amelia completed the 26 mile Brighton Marathon last Sunday and we couldn’t be more impressed!
Amelia, congratulations on your wonderful achievement. Was this your first marathon?
I’ve always enjoyed running and have always run a few times a week, but I’ve never done anything long distance before. Other than a 5k Colour Run, I’ve never run for a charity before or entered any kind of competitive/organised event before!
So how did it go?
I had an amazing day! Despite projectile vomiting 4 times (including 10 metres from the finish line), spending 40 minutes in a medical tent and being told I shouldn’t carry on. I am proud to say after that ordeal I finished in 5:08:31.
How did you find your training in the lead up to the event?
The big challenge was just finding the right energy sources to be able to go the long distance runs, as well as keeping motivated on days when I just didn’t want to run, and balancing training with work and friends!
Why is it you chose to run for BOP?
Brighton Oasis Project is just an amazing charity. I saw first hand when volunteering at the crèche the difference it can make, especially to some of the mums. It was amazing seeing how happy the mums were when they had made progress, and when their contact with social services was reduced etc, and they always spoke so highly about the services offered. It was great seeing how some of the women in recovery get to take part in running sessions, and that BOP also provide services for the children and families. It’s just amazing! I really miss helping out weekly now that I no longer have the flexible hours of a student, and I really wanted to continue supporting such a great cause in some way – although now I am sat here very tired wondering if running 26 miles was the best way to do it!