Take in the city’s sites with early morning run – at 5.30am

The 5.30 runners pass the Royal Pavilion (Photograph: David Matthews)
The 5.30 runners pass the Royal Pavilion (Photograph: David Matthews)

An early morning 5K run is returning to Brighton while celebrating ten years of ‘spreading the healthy living message’.

Run 5.30, founded in Italy by Sergio Bezzanti and Sabrina Severi, is a touring 5.3K run or walk which will set off at 5.30am along Brighton seafront on Friday, July 20.

Ms Severi said: “Myself and Sergio are passionate about encouraging people to be more active.”

The first ever Run 5.30 saw approximately 500 participants take to the streets of the Modena, now the event visits America, the UK and several Italian cities, including Milan, Venice and Palermo — gaining a total of 35,000 participants.

Inspiration for the event came from Ms Severi’s occupation as a biologist and nutritionist who specialises in food science.

She said: “I was looking for ways to help my teenage patients lose weight other than by eating well.

Grandson and grandad with Sergio

Grandson and grandad with Sergio

“When I met Sergio, an avid early morning runner, we decided to invite them to do some exercise together with us in the morning — that’s how the 5.30 project started.”

Last year’s inaugural Brighton event welcomed over 350 participants and after such success organisers were keen to come back while marking a decade of promoting healthy living.

“When we came to Brighton last year, we loved the beautiful early morning atmosphere and the energy of those who took part, young and old,” Ms Severi added.

Runners at the event will be given a healthy and delicious breakfast including 100 per cent fresh English cherries from Kent, and organic yogurt from East Sussex-based Court Lodge Farm.

Leftovers from the morning’s breakfast will be donated to local food banks, and the organisers are donating £1 from every sign-up to the children’s charity Rockinghorse.

The run have also partnered with BTN BikeShare to offer participants an hour of free cycling, hoping this will help people to keep up their active lifestyle after the event.

Entry is £18 for adults and £14 for teens and children, go to http://www.run530.com to register.