Running the Brighton half in memory of fallen soldier and best friend
21 November 2013 14:35
The best friend of a soldier who was killed whilst serving with the parachute regiment has decided to tackle next year’s Brighton Half marathon in his memory and in aid of Blind Veterans UK
The best friend of a soldier who was killed whilst serving with the parachute regiment has decided to tackle next year's Brighton Half marathon in his memory and in aid of Blind Veterans UK, which has its oldest support centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.
Christian Hearn, who lives in Peacehaven, East Sussex, lost his best friend of 16 years, Dan Prior, back in 2011. The pair were keen running buddies, training and ultimately covering many miles together in and around their home town.
Chritian, 29, who works as a filmmaker and cat care assistant for cats' protection, says that it therefore feels exactly right to tackle runs in Dan's memory. Competing in next year's Brighton Half will be the first time he has done so and the first time he has run in aid of a military charity.
Christian says: "I was born and grew up in Brighton so have been past its Ovingdean centre many times. I remember from an early age asking my mum and dad what it was and them telling me about the work of the charity.
"As Dan served with the parachute regiment it made sense for me to want to support a military charity. I now feel a personal attachment to all charities that are there for people who have served with the Armed Forces to support them in whatever shape or form.
"I have done four half marathons before but never the one in Brighton before. I have done ones that are really hilly and bumpy so running on Brighton's flat ground this time should be good! I have only just started my training programme but as running is already my hobby I think I should be OK. I run 3 to 4 times a week as it is but I will need to step that up a bit to prepare for the run in February.
"Me and Dan really got each other running and would always go out running together. We always spoke about running marathons and half marathons together but never got the chance to. I like running in his memory. Whenever I run I feel that I am closer to him".
The Brighton Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 16 February 2014. If you have a place why not run in aid of Blind Veterans UK?
To support Christian as he runs the Brighton Half Marathon in aid of Blind Veterans UK visit his Just Giving page.