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Running Tips During Isolation

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Published: Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:23 Written by Michelle

Ben who is a Sport Brighton Duty Officer gives us his running tips for running during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Ben is an experienced runner with a personal training background. He has ran 7 marathons, 2 ultramarathons, countless half marathons (including the recent Brighton half as Pete the Panther) completed various OCR races and has completed a handful of triathlons, up to an Ironman 70.3. 

Ben RunningHere are his tips:

I highly recommend taking advantage of the Boris approved daily exercise to get outside. We all know that being outside and regularly exercising is excellent for our physical and mental wellbeing, however please be responsible as the priority, over your training. See my tips and today's run below. 

  • Keep hydrated throughout the day, avoid large amounts of water just before your run. You'll only generally need to take water with you if you run for 40 minutes or longer. 
  • Think about the route. Try and choose one that will generally be quieter, or a cycle path that is wide, to allow for space to overtake/pass people 
  • Go through a dynamic warm up outside, away from others 
  • Run from your home (avoid extra travel)
  • Run by yourself (running with people you live with is fine)
  • Track your run on a tracking app and connect with people virtually
  • Keep away from other pedestrians as much as possible. If it is safe to do so, cross the road or run in the road to overtake them, then rejoin the pavement. Only do this if you have full visibility
  • Only wear sunglasses if they are secure, because you want to avoid constantly touching your face to push your glasses back up. Same principle for your headphones.
  • Avoid pressing the button on road crossings. The roads should be quieter so I recommend just waiting for it to be clear to cross. The buttons are gross anyway and we're not going for PB's. 
  • Cool down, including stretches in your garden or street, away from others. 
  • You shouldn't have needed to touch anything, but still wash your hands as soon as you get inside. 

Stay safe and enjoy. 

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COVID-19 | Sport Brighton Service Updates

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Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2020 13:17 Written by Michelle


Tuesday 17 March 2020 | 15:00

Following the most recent government advice around social distancing the University of Brighton has taken the difficult decision to close its sports centres across all sites from Wednesday 18th March. The health of our users is of paramount importance to us. We are currently working through the large number of emails that are coming in but are responding and actioning requests as soon as possible. 

Further updates relating to our services can be found here along with Frequently Asked Questions. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date with the latest information as we know it.


Read more: COVID-19 | Sport Brighton Service Updates


Varsity 2020 | Update 16/03/20

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Published: Monday, 16 March 2020 10:00 Written by Michelle


It is with regret that we have had to make the decision to cancel the 2020 Varsity Series. A number of factors relating to the Coronavirus pandemic has led to this decision. Staffing pressures due to self isolation, National Governing Body requirements to cease all activity in some of the planned events and finally but not least the health of those playing, attending and working at these events has led to this decision.



Those who have purchased tickets will be refunded within 14 days but we anticipate much sooner. Those who have paid match fees will be contacted with the option of either a refund or to buy a T-shirt.


Podcast | In conversation with George Mills

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Published: Friday, 13 March 2020 11:13 Written by Michelle

In the University of Brighton's latest podcast, we catch up with sports scholar George Mills, who's just become British Indoor athletics champion in the 1500m in Glasgow and also recently went 3rd in the British rankings over the same difference.

George talks about balancing studies with elite sport, his Olympic dream and his famous dad - former England footballer Danny Mills.


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