Argus Picture: Brighton Marathon UniSus Bhopal Runners Training Day

Sussex students run Brighton Marathon for BMA

The UniSus Bhopal Runners Team

Andrew Chitty, lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex is leading the UniSus Bhopal Runners, a group of 18 staff and students who are running the Brighton Marathon for the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

The runners will be joining 18,000 other entrants on Sunday 15th April as they attempt the over 26.2 mile course around Brighton.

The UniSus Bhopal Runners attended a successful training day on Sunday 4th March. They took part in a Q&A session with experienced marathon runners, watched a film about the Bhopal gas disaster and were provided with fundraising tips from the BMA. Local Brighton newspaper the Argus published the above photo of the successful event.

There were also much-needed refreshments of Indian snacks and chai waiting for the runners after their 8am start, 16 mile training run. The runners have been training twice-weekly since November organising regular lunchtime runs and adding longer runs on Sundays.

The Bhopal Medical Appeal (BMA) is a Brighton-based charity that funds two clinics in Bhopal, India, offering first-class health care to anybody affected by the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster, or by the ongoing disaster that witnesses thousands of people drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals.

On 3rd December 1984, a cloud of toxic gas leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant and spread across the city of Bhopal, India. 8,000 people died within days. In the years since, the death toll has risen to more than 25,000. The site has never been cleaned up and the remaining toxic waste continues to contaminate the area. Dangerous levels of toxic chemicals are now found in the drinking water of many tens of thousands of people, which is Bhopal’s second disaster.

If you would like to sponsor the UniSus Bhopal Runners you can visit their JustGiving page here 

Fancy a challenge this year but not quite ready to run a marathon? The Bhopal Medical Appeal is currently recruiting runners for the British London10K Run which takes place on the 8th July 2012.

For more information please email info@bhopal.org or call 01273 603278

Please support The Bhopal Medical Appeal by staying in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also join us on YouTube and Flickr and if you want to support the work of our clinics you can visit our Donate page. Thanks!

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.