BTTC run the Brighton Marathon AND Half Marathon

BTTC run the Brighton Marathon AND Half Marathon

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£3,000 target

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Started on 7th February 2024 Upper Bedford St, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1JP, UK

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Brighton Table Tennis Club posted an update on 29th February 2024

Thank you everyone for the support and well done runners!

Thank you so much everyone for the incredible support of all of BTTC's runners on Sunday. Blown away by how much money has been raised and also by how fast some of our runners were on Sunday. We had 7 adults finish the half marathon and 5 young people complete the Youth Race.

Luke Rickett making his debut and finishing in 1 hour 32 mins!

Tom Kamara finishing 2nd in the 13 - 14 year old Youth Race with a 1 mile time of 5 mins 11 seconds. Well done Nathan, Ismail, Yhayha and Hamza for all doing so well in the Youth Race.

Ismail, Anwar and Ben making their half marathon debuts and absolutely flying round. Letitia and Dave flying the flag with very good times.

Anwar and Luke were interviewed by ITV Meridian before the start. You can see the 40 second interview if you scroll down to the bottom of this article.

See some photos below. We look forward to the full marathon and Brighton Marathon 10k on the 6th and 7th April!

I was sorry to be laid up all weekend with flu but will be back at parkrun this Saturday and ready for April.

We've so far raised over £1300. £1000 of this will be matched by The Enjoolata Foundation. This fundraiser will stay open and we are going for a target of £3000 after the Brighton Marathon Weekend in 5 weeks time.

Best wishes and very grateful to everyone who has donated and left such positive comments of support,

Tim

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Luke Rickett, Anwar Karimi, Ismail Ahmad-Adam, Letitia McMullan, Tim Holtam, Chris Pyke and David Holtam are running the Brighton Half Marathon on 25th Feb and also the Brighton Marathon or Brighton 10k on 7th April 2024 for the Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC). 

BTTC youngsters Tom Kamara, Dylan Quinn, Ollie Banks, Hamza Gameda, Mazin El Hassan, Ziad El Hassan, Yahaya Bulbula, Ismail Bulbula and Nathan Rodriguez-Martin are all running in the Brighton Half Marathon Youth Race this Sunday the 25th February.

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The Brighton Table Tennis Club is a Brighton charity founded in 2007 with the belief that table tennis can be used as a powerful tool to engage people of all ages and transform lives. The club runs over 200 tables across the city and has a full time centre in Kemptown. The club includes people with learning disabilities, people from traveller sites, Looked After Children, people with physical disabilities, the LGBT community and young asylum seekers. The youngest player is 2 and the oldest is 100.

In 2019 the club started to attend parkrun and loved it, with many of the club members running and volunteering. The table tennis club is now heavily involved in helping to set up a new junior parkrun in Queen's Park, Brighton.  

This year some of the BTTC are taking on the challenge of running the Brighton Half Marathon and full Marathon to raise money for the club to provide free after school clubs to local children and young people that have been identified by their schools as those who might have least access but would benefit most from playing and being part of the BTTC community.

Luke Rickett is a 19 year old who has been involved with BTTC for over 10 years. He recently won the ‘Care Leaver of the Year Award’ for Brighton & Hove. This video was made about his table tennis achievements and his recent award. He started coming to parkun 15 months ago and doesn't miss a week, also volunteering most Sundays at the junior parkrun. The Brighton Half Marathon will be Luke’s first half marathon and the Brighton Marathon will be the first time he will have ever run that far.

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Anwar Karimi is a 46 year old Kurdish asylum seeker who has been in the UK for 15 months and has run 38 parkruns and volunteered 9 times at junior parkrun. He has recently been moved to London by the Home Office while he waits for his decision but has continued going to parkrun in Mile End. He misses his community and friends in Brighton and knows that running is great for connecting with people, places and helping improve mental health. The Brighton Half Marathon is Anwar’s first half marathon and the Marathon will be his first full marathon.

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Ismail Ahmed- Adam has only been in Brighton for 18 months and has recently been given his right to remain in the UK. He will running the Brighton Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon.

Letitia McMullan, top 15 in England Senior Women at table tennis, will be running the Brighton Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon.

Tim Holtam, BTTC Director and keen parkrunner, will be running the Brighton Half Marathon and Brighton 10k. The first time he's ever run this far.

Chris Pyke and David Holtam, BTTC supporters, will both run the Brighton Half Marathon.

We are collectively trying to raise at least £3,000 that could support our after-school sessions for primary school children. Here, they play table tennis, learn about different foods and prepare a meal which everyone then sits down together to share. We prioritise children who have free school meals or who face other challenges. The sessions are free and without financial support from people like you, these players would not be able to access these opportunities. 

Thank you very much everyone, we will be running with purpose  💪🏼

Finally, massive thank you to the wonderfully supportive Enjoolata Foundation for agreeing to match fund the first £1,000 that we raise.

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Maddy Rudge
29th February 2024 at 7:27pm

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Anthony Matthews
28th February 2024 at 6:01pm

Good effort David

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28th February 2024 at 6:00pm

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Carla Pacino
27th February 2024 at 8:50am

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Andrew Gould
26th February 2024 at 10:58pm

Awesome cause with awesome impact…

Andrew Gould
26th February 2024 at 10:58pm

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Judith Tacon
26th February 2024 at 7:24pm

A fantastic club and a great effort by everyone involved. Well done David and team.

Judith Tacon
26th February 2024 at 7:23pm

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Louise Andrews
25th February 2024 at 7:22pm

The last tine I saw Luke was at BACA (in year 9: Mrs Andrews) and I cheered him on today in the run. Totally impressed with your dedication, Luke. BTTC are brilliant!

Louise Andrews
25th February 2024 at 7:20pm

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