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Award Holder Alex runs Brighton Marathon

My name is Alex, I am 18 years old and I’m from Billericay, Essex.

I received my Diana Award in 2009 for helping primary schools students as a Sports Leader.

I recently turned 18, and it has its advantages, such as going to the pub and watching 18 certified films. But, for me, one of the greatest advantages is that you can enter a marathon. So I did just that! I joined the Brighton Marathon Running Team in aid of the Diana Award.

As you can guess I am a bit of a running addict, it’s one of the many things that got me involved with fundraising for the Diana Award. I enjoy running because I get to meet new people and I get a sense of achievement from it. But most of all I enjoy running because it can help me relax and when you’re a teenager trying to cram it all in, running can help you see sense in the important things in life.

Along with running, my other passions include: charity fundraising, sports coaching and public speaking. Through the Diana Network I have been able to improve my skills, I’ve also met inspirational young people, like those receiving their Award today, who care for their communities in so many different ways.

However, running a marathon is no easy task. The training is hard work and staying motivated is not easy. Running and training is only half the story, the other half comes from the generous and caring people who donate to this fantastic charity.

To me the marathon is not about beating a friend to the finish line, or gaining a good finishing time but its about encouraging people to donate to the Diana Award so that they can continue to support the inspirational work of amazing young people across the UK.

If you would like to donate to the team please click here

OR text RUNA93 £5 (or any amount you like) to 70070

A one-off donation of:

£20 enables a young person to be celebrated with a prestigious Diana Award

£60 gives a young person training in anti-bullying skills – empowering them to tackle bullying in their schools and communities

£150 changes a young person’s life, with personal development and training through the Diana Network programme.

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