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Press Release

Mayor to run marathon

Date: 15 January 2018

Brentwood Mayor to take on the Brentwood Half Marathon

Brentwood’s Half Marathon organised by Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club has received an incredible response from participants wishing to enter the endurance run this year. The thirteen mile event that starts and concludes at Sawyers Hall Lane is taking place on March 18th and big crowds are expected to support those taking part and help raise money for charity.

Usually, the Brentwood’s Mayor is at the start line to set the runners off. However, this year The Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Will Russell, is taking part!

Cllr Russell is hoping to raise money for his chosen charity The Mayor’s Community Trust Fund which gives grants to small local charities and funds individual cases of need. 

He is also raising awareness for Atrial Fibrillation, a heart condition that he lives with himself.

Cllr Russell said “AF is quite a common condition although less common in someone of my age. It is a little worrying knowing that long distance running is not recommended if you have this condition. However, there are risks associated with skydiving and that didn’t stop our past Mayor Ann Coe in her efforts to raise money for her chosen charities. I would much rather keep my feet on the ground! Of course I am hoping to raise as much funds for my charity in the process.”

Cllr Russell added, “Because The Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club Support’s Stroke Prevention, I thought it would be appropriate to associate myself with this event”.

 Denise Wilkinson, President of Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club said: “Our Club is looking forward to another successful event and hope to raise in excess of 90,000 for the charities that we will be supporting over the next year.  Our partner charities are looking to raise some 60,000 whilst we are aware that the runners themselves raise up to a further 250,000 for their own causes. This year we have a major new sponsor - Sportstiks a local business based in Brentwood.”


There are still places available to enter the event. Those wishing to take part can enter via the Brentwood a Becket  Half Marathon website

If you would like to donate to the Mayor’s cause you can do so by searching The Mayors Community Trust Fund of Brentwood at


Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting around one million people in the UK.

It can affect adults of any age, but it becomes more common as you get older. It affects about 7 in 100 people aged over 65, and more men than women have it. 

It is more likely to occur in people with other conditions, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), atherosclerosis, or a heart valve problem.

Atrial fibrillation isn't usually life-threatening, but it can be uncomfortable and often requires treatment.

Treatment may involve: 

  • medication to prevent a stroke (people with atrial fibrillation are more at risk of having a stroke)
  • medication to control the heart rate or rhythm
  • cardioversion – where the heart is given a controlled electric shock to restore normal rhythm
  • catheter ablation – where the area inside the heart that's causing the abnormal heart rhythm is destroyed using radiofrequency energy; you may then need to have a pacemaker fitted to help your heart beat regularly (credit NHS website)

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