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Olympic legends host training day ahead of Brighton Half Marathon

Besi Besemar January 10, 2015

Olympic champions Sally Gunnell and Daley Thompson hosted a training day today for Laureus Fundraisers ahead of the Brighton Half Marathon in February.

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Laureus Academy member Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell pose with athletes as they participate in the Laureus Brighton Vitality Training day at the Withdean sports complex on January 10, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Laureus)

A group of Laureus fundraisers joined former Olympic Champions Sally Gunnell and Daley Thompson today to benefit from an exclusive run training session ahead of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon.

Runners were provided with a series of general fitness, nutrition and hydration tips from England athletics coach Nick Anderson, before being put through their paces at the Withdean Athletics track in Brighton with Daley and Sally.

Daley, a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “Training sessions like today can really help to boost motivation. 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.”

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 ten marathons, including the 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 Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’s aim is to help change social problems around the world. Since 2000 they have raised over €60 million which has improved the lives of millions of young people.

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.

There are eight exciting Vitality Series runs in 2015, which competitors can sign up for: • Brighton Half Marathon, February 22

• Bath Half Marathon, March 1

• North London Half Marathon, March 15

• Reading Half Marathon, March 22

• Liverpool Half Marathon, March 29

• Vitality Run Hackney, May 10

• Vitality British 10K, July 12

• Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, October

For more information and to sign up to run, click here:

Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good.

Laureus is composed of three core elements – the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards – which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport as the means to promote social change.

The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela. At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, he said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” This has become the philosophy of Laureus; the driving force behind its work.