Hundreds of women to Run For RISE!

Posted on April, 2024

We are proud to announce that our iconic 8K Run for Women will return to the Undercliff, for the 17th time, six months today, on Sunday 13th October 2024 – will you join us?

RISE 8 K 2024 6 months to go Countdown

Whether you’ve joined us before or have never heard of the 8K for Women – if you’re interested in running, standing against abuse as an individual or business, a personal challenge or a unique event for your school, now is the time to get involved with the 2024 run!

“The 8K for Women is a fabulous event, and truly vital fundraiser for us at RISE in the charities 30th year”, said our CEO Jo Gough. “Hundreds of women get together to say NO to domestic and sexual violence, and YES to sisterhood, and run a beautiful 8K course. It’s flat, with incredible sea views all the way, and every year, we’re supported by brilliant entertainers who keep our runners motivated from Saltdean to the Marina and back again. We’ve listened to feedback from last year and are going to be providing more homemade cake at the finish line – it's always so popular!”

This year, in the face of significant funding cuts, the run is more important to us than ever. 500 runners raising £70 each will raise £35,000 – which will fund a specialist worker to help women, children and LGBT survivors.

In 2021/22, in Brighton and Hove

  • 5,487 domestic violence incidents and crimes were recorded by the police, of which 3,299 were crimes. Source
  • 12% of all police recorded crime had a domestic abuse flag (3,299 crimes and 2,188 incidents) Source
  • 45% of 14–16-year-olds who had ever had a relationship said that they had experienced a problem behaviour in their relationship ( Safe and well at school ( )
  • 1,239 sexual offences in Brighton & Hove, of which 1,077 were serious sexual offences, including 397 rape offences.

In 2022-23 781 adult and 210 children and young people were referred to RISE leading to 1,156 adults and 201 children and young people being helped over the year.

Overall, we supported 1,357 people in 2022-23 a 40% increase on the previous year. Of the adult clients about 50% have on average 2 children each and 23% of our adult clients are disabled.

Over the last five years (2018 to 2023) RISE received adult 10,415 referrals and worked with 7,091 adult clients so that’s 1418 adult survivors helped a year on average with 91% of perpetrators being male. This is not including the 5385 (almost 90 contacts each month) short work logs of which just under 50% were survivors and 35% were professionals.

With six months to go, now is the time to get involved!

RUNNERS – even aspiring, never run before, or walkers – have time to train, from zero, to get to 8K for Women by the 13th October. The NHS backed Couch to 5K app is a great place to start – within nine weeks of starting, you will be running for 30 minutes at a time. If you start in the next few weeks, that leaves a full three months more to hit that 8K target. Sign up here

TEAMS – run with your friends! Teams of four women can run together. Sign up here

SCHOOLS can enter teams to compete for the Schools Shield - will your school take the Shield from last year’s winner, Brighton College?

BUSINESSES can show that they say NO to abuse and gain exposure by sponsoring elements of the event – from medal ribbons to the water station and more. Contact [email protected] for more information.

INDIVIDUALS, RUNNING GROUPS and BUSINESSES can volunteer on or before the day. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Check out our gorgeous route here and see photos from previous years on our dedicated Facebook page. Get all the information you need here and we look forward to seeing you in six months!