boti’s pick of the week: run 5.30 early morning run

There’s something rather wonderful about being out and about in the city before the streets start filling with noise and people. You get a completely different perspective. So we love the idea of Run 5.30, which gets people up and running (or walking!) before work – you guessed it, at 5.30am – while most of the population are still slumbering in their beds.

Held for the first time in Brighton in 2017, the event attracted over 350 people of all ages. And this year, they’re back for the third time and are expecting record numbers, with over 500 people already signed up. So pop Friday 19th July in your calendars, Brighton & Hove, and don’t forget to set those alarm clocks!

The event was originally set up by nutritionist Sabrina Severi and designer and early-morning runner Sergio Bezzanti in their native Italy 11 years ago before expanding across Europe. They wanted to promote a positive lifestyle centred on daily physical activity and healthy eating, proving it’s easy to fit exercise into busy lives, simply by waking up a bit earlier. Now, they’re celebrating 11 years of the event and Brighton is the last stop on their Run 5.30 tour.

You won’t just be boosting your own health if you take part, you’ll be supporting a good cause, too, as £1 from every ticket bought will go to children’s charity Rockinghorse, while any leftovers from the breakfast for participants will be donated to local food banks.

Speaking of that breakfast, it’s a delicious healthy (locally sourced) one that’s definitely going to help lure us out from under the covers: fresh, juicy English cherries from Kent and organic yoghurt from East Sussex-based Court Lodge Farm. Anyone who fancies a coffee afterwards will be able to head to Small Batch Coffee (proudly sporting their medal and t-shirt, of course), the one next to My Brighton hotel, which is opening exclusively for 5.30 runners from 6.00am.

The 5.3k closed-road course starts from New Road, crosses the Lanes, goes down the seafront and then returns for a glorious finish in the Pavilion gardens. And then there’s that breakfast… not forgetting the satisfaction of knowing you’ve smashed your day’s exercise before most people have even woken up. So who’s with us?

Friday 19th July, 5.30am (but arrive at 5.00am!); £18 (adults), £14 (teens and children)
New Road, Brighton BN1 1BN
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