07/05/2013 - Brighton Shines in Rankings
With the spring Marathon season coming to a close, the Brighton Marathon has established itself as the second best event in the UK and an impressive 11th in Europe.
This year Brighton celebrated new course records with Kenyan Dominic Kangor crossing the line in 2:10:46 while compatriot Eunice Kales exceeded all expectations to clock an excellent 2:28:50 in the women’s event. Not to be outdone on a record breaking day, Sunderland’s Alyson Dixon smashed her lifetime best by three and a half minutes to finish second with 2:31:10.
There was also a record number of participants with 9110 completing the course.
In the latest men’s and women’s combined rankings from the influential website all-athletics.com, Brighton amassed 9015 points well ahead of more established races in Barcelona, Madrid, Moscow and Bonn. In the world rankings, Brighton is 20th ahead of such famous names as Los Angeles, Beppu-Oita and Jacksonville.
Topping the world list was London with 9712 points ahead of Dubai and Paris.
In 2013 Brighton enjoyed its customary massive crowds and inaugurated a new elite start with huge screens at the finish and the Beach Village all adding to yet another immensely enjoyable day. “For the Brighton Marathon to have become one of Europe’s most important marathons in just four years is great news for the city and for us as the organisers,” said Race Founder Tim Hutchings.
“We want folk to come back time and again and while we’re delighted with the way this year’s innovations were received, we are already working hard on new ideas and improvements for our 2014 race. Our aim is to be the must-do race outside of London in the spring.”
The fifth Brighton Marathon takes place Sunday April 6 2014. General entries close on Friday 14th June 2013, please see here.
24/04/2013 - Brighton Marathon 2014 Entries
Entries for the fifth edition of Brighton Marathon, which will take place on Sunday 6th April 2014 are now live.
Enter before 17th May at 5pm for the £60 entry fee. From this time the price of entry will increase to £70 until Friday 14th June when entries will close.
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A record number of participants, another massive spectator turnout, big screens at the Finish and in the Beach Village, and new course records were just some of the highlights of the 4th edition of the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 14th April 2013.
Kenyan runners Dominic Kangor and Eunice Kales became the new Brighton Marathon champions in the men’s and women’s elite races respectively, both setting new course records for the distance. Kangor, in his first race outside East Africa, won the men’s race in 2 hours 10 minutes and 46 seconds, while Eunice Kales competing in her debut marathon won in a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 50 seconds. She ran the second half of the 26-mile distance more than a minute faster than the first half.
British runners Aly Dixon and Jon Pepper also recorded personal best times. Dixon improved her personal best time by more than three and a half minutes, finishing 2nd behind Kales in a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 10 seconds. Pepper, a member of the Brighton Phoenix running club, ran 2 hours 20 minutes and 30 seconds in his second marathon, an improvement of 78 seconds on the time he ran in London last April.
The top 3 British finishers in the men’s race were Pepper (2:20:30), Andrew Maud (2:30:55) and Richard Williams (2:34:50); in the women’s race, Dixon was followed in by Shona Fletcher (2:56:57 – a 15-minute PB!) and Sarah Williams (2:57:50).
The race enjoyed coverage on the giant screens in operation on Grand Avenue, at the Finish and on the Beach Village. As in previous years, tens of thousands of spectators lined the streets of Brighton and Hove to support the runners, as the early-morning wind and cloud gave way to bright sunshine at lunchtime when the mass of participants started arriving back at the finish in Madeira Drive.
First across the line was the cavalcade of Vespas, minis and Harley Davidsons, permitted for the first time this year to pass through the finish gantry ahead of the runners.
Earlier in the day record numbers of around 2000 Mini Mile participants contested a series of 12 races on the last mile of the marathon course, cheered on by British international Steph Twell who also acted as race starter.
You can relive the excitement of race day on Channel 4 - 40D here, and British Eurosport and Sky Sports in subsequent weeks.
24/04/2013 - Inspired by the Marathon?
Calling all ladies! If the Brighton Marathon inspired you to take up running and you need a new goal in your life, this course is for you.
Brighton & Hove Women's Running Club's 10 week beginner course starts on Thursday 2nd May. Get yourself fit and meet new runners, with the end goal of running a 5 k. It could change your life.
Find out more here.