The Brighton Marathon is a road race run that was initially organized by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and former Brighton club athlete, Tom Naylor which first took place on April 18, 2010. Like its inaugural run, it takes place every April of each year in Brighton, a seaside resort and the largest part of the City of Brighton and Hove situated in East Sussex, England.
Infamous chairman of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and renowned entrepreneur Tony Bloom has run the said marathon twice but not for the reasons that many participants do and most people would assume.
Tony was part of the marathon’s inaugural run back in 2010 as well as in 2015 for the same reason and that was to raise both awareness and funds in aid for the charity set up by his wife called the OMS Foundation.
Australian-born Linda, who is a psychologist by profession that specializes in counseling and hypnotherapy, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than a decade ago. At 28, she initially felt numbness in her limbs accompanied by a lesion in her spine. She suffered nausea and dizziness for most of the day and would find it hard to even lift a book.
She was able to bring it under control with the help of George Jelinek, a Professor and Head of the Neuroepidemiology Unit of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He developed an evidence-based lifestyle approach called OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) that greatly impacted Linda’s recovery that she came sprinting back. Although MS is known for its relapses, Linda Bloom has since been very well and healthy with the help of the OMS approach, proper diet, exercise, meditation yoga and self-hypnosis.
The Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation was built to spread awareness of the said method as well as help patients with the same condition make better informed decisions to improve their lives. At present, MS remains to be a very rare condition that affects only 0.03% of the entire population affecting more women than men and are more prominent in countries with colder climates.
Tony Bloom has since and continued to support his wife Linda’s charitable foundation not only by running and thus helping raise awareness by virtue of the Brighton Marathon but also by standing as one of OMS Foundation’s set of trustees.