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BHT Runners in Brighton Marathon Success

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BHT’s two Brighton Marathon runners both completed the 26 mile course on Sunday 6 April, raising a fantastic amount of money for BHT’s First Base Day Centre.

Emma Ticehurst and Josh Spearpoint attended a thank you event this week where they were thanked by Chief Executive Andy Winter for their hard work and dedication.

In addition to the marathon on Sunday, the Brighton Marathon team also organised a 10k run for the first time this year. Karen Amsden ran after volunteering for BHT.

To find out about and get involved in other fundraising activities at BHT, please contact Liz Davies on 01273 645464 or via email

I was a bit nervous on the day. I was worried that it was going to rain and I had had a tough few final training runs where I had started to struggle at 19 miles.

I got off to a slow start, there were so many people there and I found it hard to get through which was frustrating at the time but actually in hind sight I think it did me a favour because it stopped me from started off too quickly.

The crowd were brilliant and later in the run, when I was starting to feel tired; they really helped me to forget about the pain!

I crossed the finish line in three hours and 54 minutes, I can’t believe it. I wanted to finish in less than four hours so I’m really happy.

Emma Ticehurst

I ran the Brighton Half Marathon in February and I think that really helped to prepare me for the full marathon.

It was definitely a hard challenge and there were times when I found it really tough. When I reached the 18 mile point there were people dropping out all around me and I was finding it really hard but I was determined to finish.

My legs are sore today but the way I felt when I finished the finish line was amazing and I am already planning to run another marathon with my sister next year.

Joshua Spearpoint

Josh completed the route in five hours and 32 minutes.

I found the run really enjoyable because it was great to get the atmosphere and support of all the people who had come to watch the 10k and marathon. 

I ran for BHT because I support the work they do for homeless people in the city, but also they gave me the chance to do voluntary work after the birth of my daughter.

It was really easy to raise money using a Just Giving page and knowing it was for charity gave me the incentive to practice running even in the rain. 

Next year I plan to do the Half Marathon.

Karen Amsden

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