Meet the Ambassadors




Mike heads up all of the Training Runs for RunBrighton, overseeing the runners, managing the Ambassadors and planning the routes. Mike also looks after all of the news, stories and content for the RunBrighton web site. He took up running when he moved to Brighton in 1996, joined Brighton & Hove City AC and 5 months later ran his first London Marathon. He has since gone on to run in numerous races over a range of distances, including 9 marathons. Since November 2012, he has been assisting with coaching Brighton & Hove City AC’s senior distance runners.




I work full time for The Grounded Events Company (organisers of Brighton Marathon), working on the Mini Mile Races, Run the World and the Marathon itself. I started running in 2006 in order to raise money for charity due to a bereavement in my immediate family. One of my proudest moments was the completion of my first Marathon – London, in 2008. I’m a member of Arena 80, where I enjoy being pushed by runners faster than myself, and am also on the club’s committee as Social Secretary.





After a few false starts, I rekindled my running fire as an overweight, smoker in my late 30’s, culminating in my first marathon in 2014. Weight and ciggies now ditched, I run as much for my mind as my body and am happiest scampering around on the Sussex Downs or in the wilds of Cornwall.  I regularly enter runs throughout Sussex and can be found running for the weekly prize of coffee and cake amongst the Hove parkrunners on a Saturday morning.





I took up running when it dawned on me that I’d signed up for the 2011 Brighton Marathon. The winter training was pretty lonely, but I stuck at it and when I crossed the finish line (blubbing on the nearest race marshal) I knew I would be doing it again.  Since then, I have trained with RunBrighton each winter, clocked up 6 marathons and run international half marathons with the friends I’ve made along the way.  Running is now a central part of my life, I love it.





I have been a participant of the RunBrighton training runs for the past four years, gaining valuable experience running anything from 10ks to marathons. In April this year I ran my fifth Brighton Marathon. I have managed to get a little bit faster in my ‘old’ age and, due to RunBrighton’s training, achieved personal best times in both half-marathon and 10 miles.





I started running in 2010 after being so inspired watching the Brighton Marathon. I entered in 2011 and ran in just under 4 hours. I made a bet with my dad when I finished that I would take an hour off that time the following year. It took me 18 months but I managed to run 2:59:45 at Florence Marathon in November 2012.





I have been running now for over 15 years, belong to Arena 80 running club and was part of the first Brighton Marathon training group. I took up running initially to stay fit for my two daughters; now it’s to keep up with the youngsters in the club! I always said that when running became a chore I would give it up and here I am today, still running! My greatest running memory so far – running from Stavanger in Norway, back to Brighton, over two weeks with some really good friends.



I took up running at age 26, moving from track running to training for a marathon. I’ve clocked a number of sub-3-hour marathons, best time 2 hours 31mins (London 1986), run three London-to-Brighton 55-mile road races and run over 200 Hove parkruns – you can see I’ve really caught the running bug! I run for Brighton & Hove City AC.





I initially took up running as part of my training for martial arts back in the 1990′s. By the 2000′s, my passion for hitting people had happily migrated over to competing in half marathons and 10k’s. Working as a Sports Therapist and Strength & Conditioning coach, I also began to focus particularly on helping runners avoid injury and improve performance.





I started running fairly late in life, and evolved from 5 minutes on the gym treadmill to furtive under-the-cover-of-darkness road running. This progressed to runs in the daylight along the seafront, and finally the road and trail marathon runner you see before you today!





I took up running when I moved to Twineham in 2003. My new neighbour invited me for a run and since then we have regularly run together from 3k to a marathon.




daren avery


My life changed in 2009 after a drunken bet was placed with a couple of mates to start running. This culminated in attempting the Great South Run, the Brighton Half and then the first Brighton Marathon. I fell in love with running, kicked my smoking ways and have never looked back!





During a night out, having recently moved to Brighton in 2001, a friend suggested I join Jog Shop Sam’s Sunday morning runs along the sea front. The following Sunday the supportive group encouraged me through ‘a gentle 13-miler to the wire’… and I was hooked! Since then I’ve lived abroad and enjoyed running in France and Dubai. However, my favourite place to run is still the Brighton sea front, chatting to friends, on a sunny day. I now often run with Brighton & Hove Women’s Running Club.



joe ashley


I have always avoided physical exercise where possible, so I was as surprised as anyone when I took up running a few years ago. My wife originally inspired me by running the Race 4 Life, and when I found that a few friends had entered the Brighton Marathon 2012, I thought ‘why not give it a go too’? I set my first marathon target to just finish, but as time and training went on I improved and reset my goals. I also found I actually really enjoyed running. I have entered every year since, and joined RunBrighton while training for 2013.





Hitting middle age at 45, and at 13 something stone, I decided enough was enough and took up running, very slow running I might add. I’m now a steady 10st 8. As time went on, I realised that I had discovered a new love. I moved to Brighton in 2010, joined the fantastic and very social running club, Arena 80, and since then my running has improved year on year. I’m now 54.