19th May 2017 - Jodie Norman

Jodie’s First Brighton Half Marathon

On Sunday 26th February, I took part in the Brighton Half Marathon which is one of the hardest challenges I have ever experienced.

I arrived at the start line early, feeling anxious, but excited about the event. As this was my first ever half marathon, I was not sure what to expect.  Heart Sussex’s Tom and Lindsey were there to warm us all up and to start the race. As it got closer to the start time, I was feeling more and more nervous but when the gun sounded and the race began, I was feeling determined!

Throughout my training I was running at an average pace of 10 minutes a mile, but on the day I ran the first 3 miles at 8 minutes a mile! Something that I never thought I would achieve. It really is true what people say, the atmosphere certainly helps you complete it. My family were waiting at mile six which was a real encouragement before I started my journey to Hove Lagoon, which was the hardest part of the run.

I was aiming to complete the Half Marathon in 2 hours and 30 minutes and I am so pleased that on the day I completed it in 2 hours 27 minutes! It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done but it can’t have been as bad as I thought, as I have already signed up for next years!

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me and I am proud to say that I raised £600.

Chestnut Tree House is an amazing charity that cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with life-shortening conditions.

Whilst writing this I am preparing for Chestnut Tree House’s Midnight Walk which is tomorrow! Should you wish to sponsor me, please click on the link below:


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