The Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival has created a gigantic training shoe for the Sussex-based Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

The trainer, which used 3 tonnes of sand, took 12 hours to carve and measures 1.9m x 2m was created especially to celebrate the Chestnut Tree House’s recent appointment as Local Charity Partner for the Brighton Marathon 2015. Chestnut Tree House also launched their #Team300 campaign, where they aim to recruit 300 runners, one for every child they currently care for.

The sculpture – which was unveiled by the Deputy Mayor of Brighton, Cllr Denise Cobb – will be situated at the Sand Sculpture Festival at Brighton’s Black Rock site until the end of the festival along with the graffiti backdrop depicting a marathon runner against Brighton landmarks by local street artist Paolo Tarner.

The giant running shoe sits among 40 other sculptures made only from sand and water for this year’s theme ‘Around the World…in Sand’; from the Sphinx to the Tower of Pisa the Festival covers all seven continents.

From now until the Sun 28 September, visitors can experience the wonder of this magical art and will also have the chance to get involved; sand sculpture workshops, live demonstrations, unique photo opportunities, a children’s sand pit, café, gift shop and much more will be on offer.

Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival is located on the beach at the Madeira Drive, Black Rock Site, next to the last station of the historic Volks Railway, the oldest electric railway in the world. A ticket to the Festival includes a one way trip on the Volks Railway from the station by Brighton Pier, as a convenient, but mostly fun, way to get to the site.