Tales from the finish line: Brighton Marathon runners report
A record number of participants, another massive spectator turnout, big screens at the Finish and in the BeachVillage, and new course records were just some of the highlights of the 4th edition of the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 14 April 2013.
Flying the flag for Pilgrims Hospices were a group of four dedicated fundraisers. Among them was Kate Westbrook, who alone raised £600 in sponsorship. She said: “It was an amazing day, the weather and the supporters made all the difference.”
Team mate Piers Jarvis from Ashford had run half marathons before, but this was the first time he had undertaken a full marathon. He experienced several set backs before the event, with his more experienced running partner breaking an ankle and Piers himself suffering a snowboarding injury, but he said he was “determined on the day to do it”.
Piers supports Pilgrims because his grandmother spent her last days in hospice care: “I think a lot of people don’t quite understand the function of a hospice,” he explains. “but everyone involved does such a vital job, that’s why I wanted to give my support.”
“I always imagined what it would be like to run a full marathon,” he said. “I’ve got good times in half marathons and predicted my outcome at Brighton on this but in fact after 15 miles everything is completely different. I really began to suffer with cramps, it was very tough. However, when I got close to the finish it was better because of the support from the crowd. Then I looked up and saw on the board I was set to complete in under four hours and that really spurred me on to ‘sprint’ to the end. I managed to get in in the nick of time!”
Piers did indeed complete the course in just under four hours, and he’s already planning for next year. “Next time I know what to expect and how to train far better. I want to knock half an hour off my time!”
* Visit the Come on Team Pilgrims Just Giving page to pledge support for these and other runners. Next in the team Pilgrims calender is, of course, the London Marathon this Sunday. Let’s get behind the runners and help raise as much as possible to go towards the £10.5 million Pilgrims needs each year to offer services free of charge to patients and families across east Kent.