A UNIQUE running event is returning to Brighton this month, raising money for children’s charity Rockinghorse.

Run 5.30 is the Italian running phenomenon, bringing its tour to Brighton on Friday July 20.

Early risers will have the chance to run 5.3km through the streets at 5.30am as the rest of the city sleeps.

Participants can discover Brighton in a whole new light during a race that starts and finishes along New Road, incorporating a route through the Royal Pavilion Gardens and the seafront promenade.

Rockinghorse is the beneficiary charity for the second year running.

Last year Run 5.30 participants raised more than £600 for the charity’s 50th anniversary appeal, Sussex Giving for Sussex Children.

Hannah Seltzer, challenge events fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, said: “We are very excited to partner with Run 5.30 again this year for this unique fun run through the streets of Brighton.

“ Last year saw some very dedicated early risers run to raise vital funds for sick children in Sussex so we very much hope to have a great turnout again this year.”

Registration is £18 per adult or £14 per child, with £1 from each sign-up being donated to Rockinghorse.

The entry fee includes a Run 5.30 T-shirt, finishing medal, breakfast and drinks.

To find out more and to secure your place, visit www.run530.com/uk.

Rockinghorse is asking participants to raise what they can for its current appeal, as the charity aims to raise £24,000 for extra ventilators at the high dependency unit in Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.

Visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk for more information.

Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity that has been supporting children in Sussex for more than 50 years.

It was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies.

Best known as the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, the charity launched its Sussex Giving for Sussex Children 50th anniversary appeal last year.

During 2017 it raised £500,000 worth of funding to be split between ten children’s centres and paediatric services across Sussex.

Rockinghorse strives to make these services stimulating, cutting-edge and accessible for the many children, babies and young people.