Town’s runners raise thousands at Brighton Marathon

Crawley residents raised thousands of pounds for charity as they braved a balmy Brighton Marathon on Sunday (April 14).

Cara Woodley, 20, from Three Bridges, raised nearly £13,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust which has helped her sister Georgina - known as GeeGee - through cancer treatment.

The trust works to find new and alternative cancer treatments and its research gives GeeGee hope that there will be a cure for her rare form of cancer.

This was Cara’s first marathon and she ran it with her boyfriend Louis Finlayson-Green, 27, also from Three Bridges.

She said: “It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life until I hit 19 miles, when I hit a wall.

“Louis was pushing me the whole way. I don’t think I could have done it without him.”

Jody Blunt, 33, and Joel Clewett, 28, a couple from Tilgate, also took on their first marathon together.

Jody said: “I got to 22 miles then I definitely smashed into that wall. Joel was massaging my shoulder the rest of the way.”

The courageous couple ran straight from the finish line into the freezing sea.

Jody explained: “The best thing you can do for fatigued muscles is to have an ice bath. The coldest place I could see when I finished was the sea so we ran - well, hobbled - down there.

“I instantly felt sick because it was so so freezing.”

The couple raised more than £500 for First Touch, a charity supporting sick and premature babies.

Craig Hamilton, from Pound Hill, is a university student and a St Catherine’s Hospice volunteer. He ran for the hospice and finished the race in five hours and 47 minutes.

Julie Ryan, from Southgate, also ran for the hospice.

Julie’s son Michael was cared for by St Catherine’s Hospice nurses last year.

Allan Norbury, former Crawley Observer news editor, took on the marathon for the second time and raised £180 for Young Epilepsy.