Charity runners were given a rare opportunity to train with two of Britain's greatest ever athletes in the lead up to next month's Vitality Brighton Half Marathon. Olympic gold medallists Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell both joined Laureus fundraisers on Sunday 10 January at Withdean Athletics Track in Brighton. Runners were provided with a series of general fitness, nutrition and hydration tips ahead of race day on 22 February.
Daley, twice Olympic decathlon champion and a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “Sally and I have passed on a few tips and now it is down to the runners to put in the hard work ahead of race day. I wish them the best of luck for both the competition and their fundraising efforts. The money they raise will help Laureus to fund sports coaches across the country, who will use sport to help improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.”
Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sally Gunnell added: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting the fundraisers today and I hope that we have provided the runners with some useful advice ahead of their big race. I’m always impressed to see people setting themselves fitness goals and combining this with a fundraising target too. Good luck to all the Laureus fundraisers on race day!”
Laureus fundraiser, Helen Cowan from Brighton, who attended the training session said: “It has been a fantastic day, I’ve picked up some really useful tips, although I think it is has now prompted even more questions about my training! I’ve run over 10 marathons, including Brighton Half Marathon, in the past, but am hoping today’s training session will help me to improve my race day performance this year. I decided to support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation this year because of the work they do to help the lives of young people across the UK. I look forward to hearing how the money raised will be put towards a great cause.”
The training day was hosted by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, official charity partner to the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon. To find out more visit the Laureus website.
Funds raised by #TeamSportforGood runners taking part in the Vitality Run Series, which includes seven half marathons and one 10km race between now and October, will go towards training 1,000 sports coaches who will work with 100,000 young people across the across the UK, using the power of sport to change their lives.