Brighton Marathon – meet our first two runners!

Posted 23rd January 2019 02:14pm by


They’ve signed on the dotted line and their fundraising and training has begun in earnest, so we thought it only fair that we introduce you to two of the runners taking part in this year’s Brighton Marathon for the BHWT!

The 26.2 mile run takes place on Sunday, 14 April and is one of the country’s most popular marathons, taking in the best of Brighton and its seafront.

Rebecca Johnson-Sutcliffe re-homed hens from the BHWT towards the end of 2017 and said she chose to run for us in order to save more from slaughter.

“We rescued three hens two days before Christmas 2017 and named them Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh,” she added. “Gold is in charge and likes to boss everyone around including our chihuahua. My two year old daughter Amelie loves feeding them and collecting their eggs. It’s a great way of her learning where food comes from. I’m a vegan so don’t eat eggs but our neighbours and family make the most of them!”

To sponsor Rebecca, head on over to her Virgin Money Giving page.

Sioux Waller has also taken on the challenge and began her training on Christmas Eve of all days! She has re-homed a total of 11 hens from the BHWT and currently has six, called Poppy Arya, Benson, Lilly, Wren and Jorge.

“I love them so much as they all have their own personalities, Jorge thinks she is the cockerel, Arya is head chicken, Poppy is a daft as a brush! People probably don’t realise how entertaining chickens are,” she said.

“I chose to run for BHWT as have been veggie/vegan since I was 18 (now 51!) and always tried to make good shopping choices based on animal welfare. When the post came up about marathon places I decided to do the run as a way of raising money to give more hens a chance of being happy and running around outside.”

Sioux fosters children and uses her hens, plus the goats she keeps, to help with their therapy.

She said: “The kids can’t wait to feed them and collect the eggs, but we also get them to help cleaning the out so they learn about looking after animals properly. They all have their favourite and the chickens are used to being picked up and fussed now! The children sometimes start conver

sations about the chickens behaviour and relate it back to their siblings or things that have happened in the past so it’s great from a therapy point of view as well.”

To sponsor Sioux, visit her JustGiving page.