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Heroes Run returns this summer in aid of RISE

Besi Besemar January 23, 2018

It’s back! Brighton’s much-loved HEROES RUN returns on Sunday, May 13 in aid of the children’s therapy service at local domestic abuse charity RISE.

Participants are encouraged to dress in their favourite hero costume and run along Hove seafront in aid of charity.

The event was started in 2005 by the charity Pass It On Africa and ran for thirteen fantastic years. This year Pass It On Africa is doing exactly that – passing on the event to RISE to continue the event’s charitable aims.

There are four races on the day: an adult’s 5K and 10K, a Youth Mile and Kids 500m Dash, with races starting from 10am.

RISE is offering all runners who enter between now and February 14, the chance to claim an early bird discount of 10% – simply enter the code ‘HEROESRISE’ when registering.

All money raised from the event will help RISE fund their children’s therapy service, which will help local children affected by domestic abuse.

Matt Lambert, co-founder of Pass It On Africa, said: “We’ve done great things together since the beginning in 2005 but now feel it’s time to hand the baton and HEROES legacy to RISE, our great local domestic abuse charity. They do fantastic work, and always supported us, freely sharing resources and experience. Their focus for HEROES RUN is child mental health – a cause I’m sure people will champion.”

Jo Gough, CEO at RISE, added: “We’re delighted to take on the mantle of the HEROES RUN this year. All the money raised from the run will go directly to the RISE Therapy Team to help fund our much-needed children’s counselling service. Seeing, hearing and experiencing abuse can have a profound effect on children. 90% of them will be in the same or next room when something happens. They might be anxious and scared, wet the bed, be angry or depressed or find it hard to make friends. Children often don’t have the language to express what’s happening to them, what they’ve seen and how they feel, which is why they need specialist help. If every HERO raises just £20 RISE can fund a Child Psychotherapist for 2018/19.”

From seasoned runners to complete beginners, mini athletes to those who just fancy an excuse to dress as their favourite superhero, the event is open to everyone. So grab a mask and cape, put your pants over your trousers and be a HERO for domestic abuse.

To find out more about the race or register to enter, click here: