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Join our 2020 Brighton Marathon team and support mental health research

Some of the Sussex alumni, staff and students who took part in the 2017 Brighton Marathon and BM10k

Staff, students and alumni are encouraged to sign up to take part in the Brighton Marathon running and cycling events in April 2020.

It’s free to sign up and all the money raised will help take our ground-breaking mental health research to the next level.

Dr Marina Pedreira-Vilarino, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, said: “Last year our participants and volunteers had an amazing experience and we can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store. 

“The Brighton marathon is one of the country’s biggest and most vibrant races. Entries closed to the public back in October, so this is your only way to grab a place in this special race.

“And I can’t think of a better cause to support than the University’s globally renowned mental health research. Sign up today to take part in what will no doubt be an unforgettable experience, and help us raise funds for research that is improving people’s lives. From January we’ll be providing participants with individual training packs and the adventure begins.”

The University has secured 50 places for the Brighton Marathon race, 75 places for the 10 km race, and 25 places for the 50 km cycle race. These are going fast, so please make sure you reserve your place with us soon.

Why take part?

And as one in four of us in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, society is facing a mental health crisis.

Sussex is a world-leader in mental health research, both nationally and internationally, with the work of Professor Gordon Harold being recognised as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs of the past century for its significant impact on people’s everyday lives. 

His work focuses on children’s mental health and challenges the argument that genetic factors are the only influence on children’s mental health and development. Rather, environmental conditions, such as a supportive network and taking regular exercise, can positively influence developmental outcomes.

Spotlight on John Mason

How we support you

We will provide you with all of the training and fundraising support that you need to succeed in your chosen event. Whether you are a cyclist, a complete novice looking to complete your first 10k run or a seasoned marathon runner, there will be something in our support package for you.

In the New Year there’ll be a chance to join a virtual running club and we’ll also be arranging some social runs in Brighton and on campus, so you’ll have a chance to get to know your fellow participants.

Plus, exercise is one of the best ways of attaining good mental and physical wellbeing – so you’ll not only be helping others, but yourself as well!

Can’t take part? You can always donate to mental health research at Sussex

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Monday, 6 January 2020