Runners taking part in the Brighton Marathon and BM10K raised more than £13,000 for Albion in the Community (AITC) after being given words of encouragement by Seagulls’ manager Chris Hughton.
A total of 54 people tackled the two events for AITC – with 42 running the 10k and another dozen taking on the longer distance.
It was the most runners the charity has ever had taking part in the Brighton Marathon weekend and the money raised will now help fund AITC’s disability football sessions and other work across Sussex.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton met with the AITC runners before officially starting both races and the AITC participants were clearly buoyed by his words of encouragement.
Emma Brockhurst, fundraising events executive at AITC, said: “To have so many people running for AITC was fantastic. The money they have raised will make a real difference to the charity and we can’t thank them enough for taking up the challenge.
“Having Chris Hughton come along to meet everyone beforehand was a brilliant surprise for the runners and gave them a real boost.
“On behalf of everyone at AITC, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part.”
Among the AITC runners were a members of a running group set up as part of the charity’s Brighter Outlook physical activity programme for people with recent experiences of cancer. Together they have raised more than £1,600 for the charity.