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13-10-2015 – Action-Packed Weekend for Brighton Runners

What an action-packed weekend it was for runners in Brighton, with something for everyone.

(The following is not an exhaustive list.)

Whilst the Color Run was taking place on the sea front on Saturday, a team from the Allison Benton Training Group was heading up to Peterborough for a fast Half Marathon. Congratulations Howard Bristow (Brighton & Hove AC), for coming 6th in Peterborough and smashing his PB with a time of 68:58.

It was also the final running of the Jog Shop 20, For the results, see http://www.jogshoponline.co.uk/news/jog-shop-jog-results-2015.html Well done to Sam Lambourne for organising yet another great race!

Meanwhile, a group of 14 runners were spending a long weekend  helping Chris Mallinson (Brighton & Hove AC) celebrate his 40th birthday at the Munich Marathon weekend, which included a marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon & 10k.

And a special mention too for Gary McKivett (Arena 80) cracking the 2:45 barrier in Chicago Marathon, in 2:43:18.


6-10-2015 – Brighton Marathon Entries

There are less than 3 days left to register your interest in the re-opening of entries into Brighton Marathon.

Take part in the Brighton Marathon Weekend, Sunday 17th April, and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere!

REGISTER BY 5PM FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER: http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/2016-reopening


21-09-2015 – Course Record for Emily

Congratulations to Arena 80’s Emily Proto who yesterday broke the female course record in the Arena 80 Hove Prom 10k.

The previous record holder was Rebecca Moore of Worthing in a time of 37:31.

Emily’s previous 10k PB was 36.56 at Chichester in February.

Her winning time yesterday was 36:32, so not only a 20-second PB but almost a minute off the course record.

Emily said “I wanted the record before I set out but knew it would be tough as I saw Helen Buller and Sarah Kingston from Worthing at the start, and Izzy Coomber from Haywards Heath Harriers. I was in 3rd place until I overtook them at 2 miles and pushed on. Actually, the first 3 females (myself, Helen and Izzy) all broke the previous record yesterday.”

Having pulled out of this year’s Brighton Marathon due to a broken ankle, yesterday’s 10k was another key step towards Emily’s main target race of Cardiff Half Marathon, 4th October.


14-09-2015 – Brighton Marathon Entries Re-opening

Due to high demand, a LIMITED number of general entries will be made available very soon.

With many now looking for a spring marathon this is an exclusive chance to secure a place in one of the UK’s favourite running events.

From Monday 14th September, applicants will have until 9th October at 5pm to register their interest: http://brightonmarathon.co.uk/2016-reopening

They will then be sent an email giving them a minimum of 48 hours notice of when entries will open.

The number of general entries available is strictly limited and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Thousands have already signed up for another fantastic Brighton Marathon on Sunday 17th April 2016.


03-09-2015 – Early bird entries for the BM10k CLOSE TONIGHT!

Be a part of another exciting Brighton Marathon Weekend.

Starting right before the marathon, you will get to enjoy all the atmosphere and roaring crowds that make this event so special. Run 10k on marathon day and join thousands on Sunday 17th April 2015!

Save ££ on your entry if you sign up before 11.59pm tonight.

Early Bird entries are limited at just £24 and increase to £28 atmidnight.

Entries close 4th November.

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28-08-2015 – Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2016 places closing soon

With exactly six months to go until race day, organisers for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2016 are urging runners to sign up as the event reaches capacity for general places.

More than 8,000 places have been snapped up so far, and the event looks highly likely to sell out within the next few weeks.

Celebrating its 26th year in 2016, the race is one of the best-loved half marathons in the UK today, with a famous seafront course and fantastic support from crowds. Each year, runners of all abilities, from beginners to elites, come to run the 13.1 mile route through the city.

Race day for 2016 is 28 February 2016, and the race date is ideal timing for anyone training for a Spring marathon, such as Brighton, London, Manchester or Paris.

Race director Martin Harrigan commented: “It really is a fantastic event that continues to grow year on year whilst still retaining its community feel. Support on the course is incredible and the atmosphere along Madeira Drive as you approach the finish is something really special and not to be missed!”

The general public entry fee is £34 for affiliated runners and £36 for non-affiliated runners, including a goody bag and a medal at the finish.

The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon is organised by and the main fundraiser for Brighton based charity The Sussex Beacon, a unique centre providing innovative services to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV. Runners can also choose to be part of Team Beacon and help raise funds for The Sussex Beacon, or they can run for one of the other official charities which include Laureus, RISE, Chestnut Tree House, Scope, WaterAid plus more. Charities partnering with the race are listed on the website, where runners can find out more and sign up.

A firm fixture on the national running calendar, the race is also part of the national Vitality Run Series featuring seven of the UK’s leading half marathons plus two 10Ks.

Go to www.brightonhalfmarathon.com for further details and to register now. Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/BrightonHalfMarathon and follow @BrightonHalf on Twitter.


28-08-2015 – BM10K early-bird entries closing

Early bird entries for the BM10k are closing… Don’t miss out on being a part of the fantastic Brighton Marathon Weekend on Sunday 17th April next year. Enjoy cheering crowds, spectacular scenery and an unbeatable atmosphere.

You can save ££ on your entry if you sign up before 11.59pm on Thursday 3rd September.

Early Bird entries are limited at just £24 and increase to £28 on Friday 4th September. Entries close 4th November.

Enter now!


24-08-2015 – Birthday Boys 5,000m

Well Tom Ulliott for organising another marvelous Birthday Boys 5,000 race in Withdean Stadium last Thursday.

Some great results all round..

Power of 10 have included the results in the UK rankings this morning.

Too many to list here but highlights by age group are…

MEN V35 – Matt Bristow​ 78th, Paul Howard​ 114th.
MEN V40 – Alex Begley​ 87th, Robin Sutherland​ 100th.
MEN V45 Mark Greet 107th (note Mark missed the start and actually ran 30 seconds quicker than his 18:41 so would have been 87th in the rankings), Jason Knight​ 130th.
MEN V50 – Pete O’connell​ 29th, Dean Angell 38th, Mark Halls​ 41st, Shaun Billing​ 79th, Trevor Day​ 89th, Gary Christie 114th and David Whittle​ 115th.
MEN V55 – Tom Ulliott​ 36th, David Kemp​ 49th.

And for the LADIES …………
V35 – Isobel Muir​ 28th,
V40 – Camilla Bishop​ should slot in at 14th but isn’t currently showing, not sure why?
V50 – Gail Nerurkar 9th, V55 (although neither look anything like that age!!) Nicky Yeates​ 12th and Ilidia Campbell​ 15th

Well done all!

04-08-2015 – BM10k Entries Now Open

Don’t miss out on being a part of the exciting Brighton Marathon Weekend.
Run 10k right before the marathon on Sunday 17th April, and enjoy an unbeatable atmosphere and fantastic crowds!
Early Bird entries are limited at just £24. Entries close 4th November.

30-07-2015 – BM10k

Let your friends and family know they can enjoy the Brighton Marathon Weekend with you and run 10k on marathon day! They’ll even be able to cheer you on at the finish. BM10k early bird entries open Tuesday 4th August at 10am!


27-07-2015 – Honey Badger Beer Mile

Who said running and beer don’t mix?

The annual event to raise funds for The Clock Tower Sanctuary took place last Thursday evening in Preston Park Velodrome.

A fine performance from all involved. See below for results.

And check out the video link with awesome commentary by Kev Mason.


23-07-2015 – runABC magazine

On Saturday July 25th all parkrunners at Hove Park can receive a FREE copy of the Sept/Oct runABC magazine. This edition contains a page on parkrun, 2 month race directory, a good article on Veggie Runners, running diary and much more. Even Volunteers can receive one!!


16-07-2015 – Phoenix 10k

It was a strong finish from Phoenix runner Finn McNally in the Phoenix 10k last night. Finn won the sea front race in a time of 31:01, well ahead of second-place Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove City AC. The two had been together for the first 8k, but it was with 2k to go that Finn made the decisive move. Kev ran 31:33 – a pleasing performance in the middle of training for Berlin Marathon in September.


15-07-2015 – BM10k

Don’t miss out on entries opening for the 2016 BM10k! One of the UK’s favourite 10k races!

Run 10k at Brighton Marathon Weekend on 17 April 2016. Experience all the atmosphere and excitement as thousands take part in the BM10k just before the marathon. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY FOR UPDATES


11-07-2015 – Hove Promenade parkrun

What a glorious morning and fabulous turn-out for this morning’s inaugural ‘parkrun’ alongside Hove Lawns!

Despite the organisers having kept the event quite quiet beforehand, 294 runners crossed the finish line.

The first to finish was Ben Savill (Croydon Harriers) in a time of 16:38. The highest age grading of the day (84.95%) went to Paul Whelpton of Brighton Phoenix.


06-07-2015 – Grice retains British 1500m title

Congratulations to Charlie Grice (Brighton Phoenix) who, at the Sainsbury’s British championships in Birmingham yesterday, retained his 1500m title. He finished 0.37s clear of second place Chris O’Hare, with a time of 3:50.66s. Charlie still needs to find a fast race to meet the qualifying time of 3:36.20s for the World Championships in Beijing.


04-07-2015 – Brighton &Hove City AC athletes at British Champs / World Trials

Good luck this weekend to Brighton & Hove City AC athletes Helena Tobin , Bethany Close, Anna Short, Matthew Hewitt, Peter Moreno, Gwilym Cooper, all invited and competing this weekend at the Sainsbury’s British Championships and World Trials in Birmingham!


23-06-2015 – The Weakest Link

Don’t forget tomorrow evening is The Weakest Link relay. Meet at Duke’s Mound. Starts 7pm.

Come along as a team of four, or arrive a few minutes early and hook up with others looking to form a team. It’s all for fun! For full details, go to: http://brightonsports.co.uk/the-weakest-link-relay-run


15-06-2015 – RunBrighton’s Summer Season 2015 gets under way

A great turn-out yesterday and a marvellous group for the start of RunBrighton’s 16-week season of Sunday training runs.

Many of the runners in the group are targeting the popular local Barns Green Half Marathon at the end of September, for which a comprehensive training schedule will be provided.

Others, of course, have other autumn races planned, whilst some have signed up to RunBrighton simply to enjoy the camaraderie of group running as well as to take advantage of the numerous discounts on local running-related products and services.

This Sunday’s run was preceded by a 10-minute dynamic warm-up led by Matt Phillips of Studio 57 Clinic.

A nice easy 1-hour run on the sea front enabled all the beginners in the group to get a feel for which of our pacing groups was most appropriate for them, ahead of some picturesque off-road running next Sunday.


09-06-2015 – Brighton Marathon entries close tonight

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Entries for the 2016 Brighton Marathon, which takes place on on Sunday 17th April 2016, CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON 9th JUNE.

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02-06-2015 – Brighton Marathon entries close next week

Guarantee your place today! Entries for Brighton Marathon (17th April 2016) close on Tuesday 9th June 2015 at midnight. This is your last chance to guarantee your place on the start line!

Take in a fantastic route through the city and enjoy a glorious finish in front of huge crowds on Brighton’s spectacular seafront.

Sign up now


01-06-2015 – Congratulations Harriette!

You’re never too old to run! Congratulations to Harriette Thompson who, at 92, in San Diego, has just become the oldest woman in the world to complete a marathon… and in an amazing time of 7hrs 24mins 36secs.


26-05-2015 – Bank Holiday Weekend Performances

There were numerous fine performances over the Bank Holiday weekend from Brighton athletes of all ages, far too many to mention, but some notable wins as follows:

On Saturday morning, Howard Bristow of Brighton & Hove City AC was first in Hove parkrun with a time of 15:21. Not only was this a big PB for Howard, and almost a minute off the V40 record for the course, it was the second fastest parkrun in the world this weekend. Not bad for someone who has recently turned 40!

Howard’s training partner, Kevin Rojas, whose target race this year is Berlin Marathon in September, has been doing specific 10k training in a quest to improve his speed. He’s just proved his training is working as he won the Sussex Champs 5000m on Saturday in Crawley, in 15:04. A great result after a recent period of much sleep deprivation following the birth of his first child in March.

Stephen Ferroni (also B&H), who has already demonstrated his talent, twice running for England, finished neck-and-neck with Kev in the Sussex Champs to win the under-20 category – also in 15:04. Only 17 years of age currently, there’s heaps of time ahead for Stephen to progress much further yet.

Also at the Sussex Champs, the women’s 3000m race was won by Helena Tobin (B&H). Helena has battled through injury after injury over the last couple of years, having to take significant periods of time off running, and so proving that cross-training really does work!

In the Under-20 100m, it was Anna Short (B&H) who had a fantastic win, with a record-equalling 12.1s.

And the 400m was won by Phoenix runner Finley Bigg in 49.2s, with team mate Spencer Thomas (49.3) in a close second place.

Phoenix also shone this weekend at the British 10K Champs (BUPA London 10,000) where their team of Ben Tickner (29:53), Jon Pepper (30:55) and Ross Skelton (31:01) won national bronze.

And in ultra-running, there’s no one locally to match the talent of Dan Lawson. Dan finished the 145-mile Grand Union Canal race this weekend in an amazing 22hrs 16mins. Not only did he win, 26 mins ahead of the second placed runner, he smashed the course record. Last month, Dan was part of the GB team who won gold at the World Champs in Turin. (We’re looking forward to having Dan on the RunBrighton Ambassador team this summer.)


19-05-2015 – Heroes Run v Villains Run 2015 Race Report

(A message from the organisers)

A huge, huge thank you to every single man woman and child who made Sunday’s race so memorable. It really does mean so much to us each year that you all go the extra mile to not only look amazing in your costumes but also support our charity.

The race has so far raised an amazing £18,711.00 for Pass It On Africa as well as helping to raise over £10,000 for 4 other charities (ImpactJoshua in MalawiNeuroblastoma Childrens Cancer Alliance and The Royal Marsden Hospital.)

A big thank you goes to our event partners Matt Lambert StudioBritish Military Fitness,Brooks and The Best Of Brigthon & Hove

Race Results

For the second year running Team HERO defeated Team VILLAINS in both the 5km and the 10km race The Villains are already scheming over how to steal the title next year… Below are the individual prize winners:

Race Results

500M Dash winner                       – Harrison Deller
Youth Mile winner                        – Naomi Fontaine
5KM winner (Male)                       – Liam Colclough
5KM winner (Female)                   – Grace White
10KM winner (Male)                     – Keith Rochfort
10KM winner (Female)                 – Lara Barazzuol

Best children’s costume prize 1    – Ted Scott               (Tin Tin)
Best children’s costume prize 2    – Izzy Davies            (Arya Stark – Game of Thrones)
Best children’s costume prize 3    – Moeshe Paton       (Roman soldier)
Best children’s costume prize 4    – Finn Doyle             (The Penguin)

Best Adult’s costume prize 1         – Simon Goodson     (Poison Ivy)
Best Adult’s costume prize 2         – Martin Cooper        (Silver Surfer)
Best Adult’s costume prize 3         – Fernando Gomez   (Zorro)
Best Adult’s costume prize 4         – Dave Goodward     (Segata Sanshiro)
Best Adult’s costume prize 5         – Dawn Cox              (Harley Quinn)
Best Adult’s costume prize 6         – Darren Peacock     (Dr. Octopus)
Best Adult’s costume prize 7         – Alejandro Pena      (Scavenger – Mad Max)

Biggest Superhero Team               – Team Felix
Best Team Costume                      – Golden Men

For more information please check out the website at www.heroesrun.org.uk


19-05-2015 – Brighton Marathon Entries

TONIGHT is your last chance to enter the 2016 Brighton Marathon at the current entry price! Enter BEFORE 11.59pm night to save.

Take on the 26.2 challenge in beautiful Brighton:http://brightonmarathon.co.uk

The 2016 Brighton Marathon will take place on Sunday 17th April 2016.


15-05-2015 – Heroes Run – Online entries close tonight

SUPERHERO SUNDAY IS NEARLY HERE! Online entry closes midnight tonight. There will be limited places available on the day.http://www.heroesrun.org.uk/content/enter-a-race


13-05-2015 – Brighton Phoenix Open & BMC Track Races

Fancy watching some good quality track racing this evening at Withdean Stadium?

The event includes a range of races from a 200m wheelchair race, up to 3000m.

Highlights include two Brighton Phoenix 800m runners, Spencer Thomas and Robbie Fitzgibbon, who have both just been selected for the GB under-20 team at the Loughborough International this weekend.

Any additional help at this evening’s event will be most welcome. Please contact paul@paulcollicutt.com if you are able to help out.

For a breakdown of timings, check out:

http://www.brightonphoenix.org.uk/documents/Track%20Timetable%20and%20start.pdf


06-05-2015 – RunBrighton Summer Season 2015

Back by popular demand, RunBrighton is delighted to announce that it’s going to be running a second summer season.

There are lots of great running groups out there for you to choose from. But RunBrighton prides itself in its unique full-service package. We’ve negotiated for our members a fantastic range of discounts on local running-related products and services. We have a vehicle on the long Sunday runs to provide additional support to our runners, and drinks are made available at the end of every run. A detailed training schedule is emailed out every week, along with information and a route map for the forthcoming run, which changes each week to take in a huge variety of scenery and differing terrain in and around Brighton & Hove. And we have a fantastic team of ambassadors to guide, support and entertain you every Sunday.

So why are our runners so enthusiastic about RunBrighton? Check out a few of their comments at Why RunBrighton Membership?

Full details will be announced shortly, but in the meantime take a look at the Training Runs section of the website, where you can REGISTER  YOUR INTEREST NOW… https://runbrighton.wordpress.com/membership/

Places for RunBrighton’s Summer Season 2015 will be limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.


02-05-2015 – Fastest London Marathon runner in Sussex is from Lewes

Congratulations to James Turner who, alongside the likes of Brighton & Hove City AC’s Kevin Rojas, is yet another recruit to the Allison Benton Endurance Performance training group with great potential. Last Sunday in London Marathon, James was further proof that good quality structured training with like-minded athletes does indeed bring results. He finished in 2:32:13, and was 78th out of 38,000. And so much more to come, James!

Read more at: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/county-news/fastest-london-marathon-runner-in-sussex-is-from-lewes-1-6720848


21-04-2015 – Brighton Marathon 2016 Entries

Enter today to secure your Early Bird entry for the 2016 Brighton Marathon!

Enter BEFORE 11.59pm TONIGHT to save.

To sign up for next year’s event, which takes place on Sunday 17th April 2016, go to http://brightonmarathon.co.uk


16-04-2015 – Brighton Marathon Weekend – Bigger than Ever

Records tumbled across the board at the Brighton Marathon Weekend which saw well over 13,000 finishers from the Marathon, BM10k and Mini Mile Races combined.

By far the biggest jump in figures came in the BM10k which saw 1,997 cross the finish line compared to just over 1000 last year.

The numbers in the main event also saw a leap forward as 9,243 completed the mythical distance of 26.2 miles from Preston Park to the finish on Madeira Drive.

On Sunday, once again the weather Gods obliged, blessing the main event with brilliant sunshine and perfect temperatures, a brisk seven degrees Celsius at race start rising to a comfortable 12C by the time the elites came in.

A strong East African presence produced a Kenyan double as Duncan Maiyo collected the men’s honours while Pennina Wanjiru claimed top spot for the women.

Though there were no course records to celebrate, Maiyo’s winning time of 2:10:15 was a personal best by over a minute and a half and the second fastest winning time ever recorded in Brighton.

Wanjiru’s 2:34:25 was also cause for celebration since this was her debut over the distance at the age of 30.

Joseph Morwood of Aldershot Farnham and District was first British runner home in sixth ahead of Swansea’s Chris Thompson and Worthing’s Darryl Hands. Morwood is the boyfriend of the winner of the women’s BM10k, Stephanie Twell.

Worthing’s Sarah Kingston clocked 2:56:01 for a personal best by four minutes to take fourth place in the women’s race and 52nd overall.

In the BM10k, the course record from last year survived but only just as Jonathan Taylor fell agonisingly short by two seconds. The Morpeth harrier equalled his lifetime best of 29:13 but failed to erase Nick McCormick’s 29:11.

For the women Twell led from gun to tape but ended 14 seconds shy of Alyson Dixon’s 32:35 from 2014.

The Mini Mile continued its success with 2,140 children between the ages of seven and 17 filling Preston Park with their unbounded enthusiasm. In contrast to their elders, there were two course records notched up in the Boys’ Under 11 and Under 13 categories.

The two-day Exhibition at the Brighton Centre goes from strength to strength with queues for the opening on day one stretching round the corner of West Street as far as the Grounded Events offices.

It was the busiest yet, with record levels of visitors on the Saturday. Several of the exhibitors reported unprecedented sales for a two day expo, with one retailer having to organise emergency stock in order to meet demand.

One of the many highlights was the visit of celebrity starter Jo Pavey, who spoke as part of the American Express Healthy Living Seminars. Jo drew a huge crowd and spent well over an hour signing autographs and posing for photographs.

The Beach Village, unique to Brighton, attracted unprecedented numbers of 60,000 enjoying the live broadcast and festival buzz while out on the course crowds swelled to an impressive 150,000. The Mini Mile, staged on the Saturday, also increased in popularity with 8,000 partisan spectators offering vocal support.

In 2014 the estimated value to the local economy of the Brighton Marathon Weekend was estimated at £6.25m. In 2015 with more competitors and visitors than ever before filling the city’s hotels and guest houses to capacity this figure is certain to have been surpassed by some margin.

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For more information contact: Press Officer Michael Butcher michael.butcher@groundedevents.co.uk  (Mobile 07801 826 593)


15-04-2015 – Brighton Marathon 2016 Entries

Entries for next year’s Brighton Marathon are now open.

Go to http://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/ to  sign up.


13-04-2015 – Maiyo wins his first race outside Kenya while Wanjiru enjoys a successful debut

It was a double Kenyan celebration in the sixth Brighton Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label race, as Duncan Maiyo, 24, smashed his personal best to win in 2:10:15 while on the women’s side it was a fine debut over the distance for Pannina Wanjiru who broke the tape in 2:34:24.

The men’s winning time represents an improvement of more than 1min 30sec for Maiyo over his previous best from 2012 when he recorded 2:11:47 in Nairobi.

“I enjoyed the race, but the first half was a bit too fast. I got carried away,” said the men’s winner who had never raced outside Kenya before.

“I wanted to prove my ability as a future number one and I feel that I have done that. Brighton is a good course and the crowd really lifted me.”

Second with a time of 2:11:52 was the winner from 2013 Dominic Kangor who was also runner up last year. Completing a Kenyan podium was Mutai Kipkemei on 2:14:41.

For most of the race it looked as though the course record of 2:09:25 was in danger as Maiyo punched well above his weight with constant surges. The half marathon point was ticked off at a lively 63:47, just under 2:08 tempo.

With Kangor on his shoulder, the eventual winner was constantly under threat but once the former champion had started to slip back and a gap opened the pace started to slow.

“At ten miles the wind started to affect us,” explained Kangor. “And that was when Duncan started to make his first break.”

In fact, the story of the race from miles ten to 20 was one of Maiyo attacking with Kangor and Kipkemei falling back before closing any gap that had opened.

Ominously it was Maiyo who was maintaining a steady pace with the other two having to vary their pace as they battled to stay with him.

After the race, Kangor was anything but downhearted despite being two minutes outside his best time: “Nevertheless I feel good and will be back here next year,” he promised.

Meanwhile the winner was celebrating his first triumph in his first race outside Kenya.

The women’s race

Wanjiru arrived in Brighton as a marathon debutante at the age of 30 but left as Brighton champion for the sixth edition of this event.

“It was very cold but I enjoyed it. Next time I hope to do much better,” said Wanjiru.

Runner up was Bahrain’s Asian Games bronze medallist from last year Lishan Dula in 2:34:56 with former Brighton champion, Eunice Kales, Kenya, third with 2:53:50.

Kales was clearly in some discomfort and later she revealed that she had been suffering from cramp from 10km onwards. It was a problem that had also affected her in Reading recently. Champion here two years ago, Kales missed most of last year through injury.

At the age of 30, Wanjiru has in her portfolio a half marathon time of 72:40 from Marugame eight years ago. Her 15:51:93 5000m time stems from the same year. She also has a 10000m best of 31:35.

The story of the women’s race was very much a carbon copy of the men’s with Wanjiru on course record pace until the 20 mile mark when the pace started to slip.

For the first eight miles Wanjiru, Dula and Kales were together but this was when Dula and Kales started to fall behind.

Despite her inexperience Wanjiru was maintaining a lively pace up front as she went through the half-way mark in 73:35 and was still within striking distance of the record at 20 miles but that was when the pace started to falter.

Results:

MEN

  1. Duncan Maiyo KEN 2:10:15
  2. Dominic Kangor KEN 2:11:52
  3. Mutai Kipkemei KEN 2:14:41

Women:

  1. Pennina Wanjiru KEN 2:34:25
  2. Lishan Dula BRN 2:34:55
  3. Eunice Kales KEN 2:53:50

BM10k

Britons Jonathan Taylor and Stephanie Twell took the second BM10k titles on a crisp sunny morning with Taylor just two seconds outside the course record of 29:11 while Twell was 14 seconds outside the women’s benchmark set by Alyson Dixon last year.

Taylor’s 29:13 moves him into top slot on the year’s UK ranking lists with Twell slotting in as second fastest for the women with her 32:49.

MEN

  1. Jonathan Taylor 29:13
  2. Adam Hickey 29:18
  3. Callum Hawkins 29:21

WOMEN

  1. Stephanie Twell 32:49
  2. Aly Dixon 33:37
  3. Helen Clitheroe 34:10

06-04-2015 – Pavey headlines seminars

Jo Pavey is the headline star of an exciting line up of athletics professionals at the Brighton Marathon Weekend Seminars at the Brighton Centre this coming weekend.

Running from 11am to 5.30pm on Friday 10 April and 10am to 5.30pm on Saturday 11, the seminars offer a wide range of help and advice on running, nutrition and physiotherapy.

Whether there is interest in getting out and covering the all-important first mile or a full-blown marathon, all bases will be covered by a range of speakers.

Pavey, European champion at the age of forty, will be telling her fascinating story of how she became the oldest European champion in history 10 months after giving birth to her second child. She takes the stage at 4pm on Saturday.

Former London marathon winner and Commonwealth medallist, Mike Gratton, will be speaking from his wealth of experience as an elite marathon runner and author of training schedules which have been tried and tested over the years.

British international, Andrew Lemoncello and BM10k defending champion and former Brighton Marathon champion, Aly Dixon, will be bringing the Friday session to a close.

Other speakers throughout the two days include: Nick Anderson, Official Brighton Marathon Coach, who will be offering last minute tips on training and tactics; Nick Morgan from A Word on Nutrition recommending what to eat and how to fuel up during the final hours before the start and for the day and Dawn Buoy of Body Rehab Studios and Official Brighton Marathon physio who will advise on what not to do in the last 48hrs and advice on recovery post-event.

Away from the seminar room, Dawn is leading a team of physios offering massage to all comers at the Exhibition on Friday and Saturday. Places are filling up fast so the public is urged to sign up soon.

Over fifty years of experience in the field gives Nuffield Health, the non-profit making healthcare professionals, a unique insight into the health and wellbeing service they will share with the audience.

Samuel Pool and Laura Brooks will be sharing their views on ‘The Influence of Sleep Quality on Performance and Wellbeing‘.

The Brighton Marathon founders, former international Tim Hutchings and Race Director Tom Naylor, will take to the stage to tell their story from an insider’s perspective.

Timetable

Friday 10 April

12.00  Tim Hutchings

12.30  Laura Brooks, Nuffield Health

13.00  Nick Anderson

13.30  Nick Morgan

14.00  Mike Gratton

14.30  Dawn Buoy

15.00  Laura Brooks, Nuffield Health

15.30  Nick Anderson

16.00  Nick Morgan

16.30  Dawn Buoy

17.00  Tom Naylor

17.30  Elite Athletes – Andrew Lemoncello and Aly Dixon

Saturday 11 April

10.00 Seminar screen

11.00  Nick Anderson

11.30  Samuel Pool, Nuffield Health

12.00  Nick Morgan

12.30  Mike Gratton

13.00  Dawn Buoy

13.30  Nick Morgan

14.00 Samuel Pool, Nuffield Health

14.30  Dawn Buoy

15:00  Nick Anderson

15:30  Tim Hutchings

16.00  Jo Pavey

16:30  Jo Pavey

17:00  Nick Morgan (TBC)

17:30  Nick Anderson (TBC)

http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/

Facebook.com/brightonmarathonofficial // twitter.com/brightonmarathn

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For more information contact: Press Officer Michael Butcher michael.butcher@groundedevents.co.uk (Mobile 07801 826 593)


06-04-2015 – Brighton Marathon Weekend Event Villages

At the Brighton Marathon Weekend there are two event villages with as much action on tap for family and friends as there is for participants.  Both villages are free to enter.

On Saturday 11 April from 10am in Preston Park, while the Mini Milers are charging round the circuit supporters can enjoy a host of things to see and do. The whole family can join in the warm up that takes place before each race..

If you fancy a kick-around, Albion in the Community will be there with their inflatable pitch complete with eagle eyed coaches to take future stars through their paces egged on by loveable mascot Gully.

Alibeads will be on site for anyone fancying a tumble down their slide, a leap around the inflatable castle, not to mention having their face painted.

Little Kickers can offer footy for the kids, the young at heart can dance the day away with StreetFunk, budding cricketers can bat and bowl under the eye of coaches from Sussex Cricket or if Zorbing’s your thing you can roll around to your heart’s content.

For the big day on Sunday 12 April, unique amongst the UK’s major marathons is Brighton’s free to enter Beach Village, brainchild of race director, Tom Naylor.

Open on race morning from 8.30am onwards next to the marathon and 10k finish on Madeira Drive, The Beach Village is an area of celebration buzzing with thousands of runners and their supporters.

From the vantage point of a deck chair or picnic bench all the live action of the finish can be followed on the big screens here or from the Grandstand seating alongside the final 100m of the route.

The fantastic Street Diner team have a host of street food caterers offering mouth-watering food to pump much needed energy back into tired legs and lungs as well as hungry spectators

All of this against a background of music, on-stage presentations and interviews making for a rewarding day whether you are with a runner, or just want to take in the amazing atmosphere at the Brighton Marathon Weekend.

http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/

Facebook.com/brightonmarathonofficial // twitter.com/brightonmarathn

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For more information contact: Press Officer Michael Butcher michael.butcher@groundedevents.co.uk (Mobile 07801 826 593)


05-04-2015 – The Good Good Friday Run

Well done to all those who braved the elements, running into the mist and out again on Good Friday, for the Good Good Friday Run. The finishing times were as follows. Apologies for any incorrect name spellings!

1 Gary McKivett 22.35
2 Scott Crossley 24.00
3 Jake Fletcher 25.22
4 Ab Kaib Hamed 26.03
5 Jonathon Fargison 26.25
6 Barefoot Nigel 27.12
7 Martin Torjuseen 27.50
8 Mark 28.02
9 Steve Scott 28.11
10 Tony Plank 29.06
11 Nicola 29.25
Rachel 29.25
13 Ian T 31.18
14 Gemma Chervolt 33.04
15 Ali Wilmore 34.34
16 Anna Jordanou 36.42
17 Alex 40.33
18 Lawrence 40.36
Andi 40.36
20 John 42.44
21 Sam 42.44
22 Gary 46.22


26-03-2015 – Brighton Chicken Run

Help sell out this year’s Brighton Chicken Run event and sign up today.There are only a few places left for both the 5km run and the 500 metre dash…

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/registrationinfo.asp?sp&v=2&EN=83489&ms


21-03-2015 – First Lewes Marathon attracts 100 Runners

http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/county-news/first-lewes-marathon-attracts-100-runners-1-6643650

Jonathan Burrell climbing Firle Beacon with Lewes and Mount Caburn in the Background. Photo by James McCauley

Jonathan Burrell climbing Firle Beacon with Lewes and Mount Caburn in the Background. Photo by James McCauley


03-03-2015 – Moyleman: The Lewes Marathon

A reminder that the debut off-road marathon, known as Moyleman:The Lewes Marathon, takes place Sunday 15th March, starting at 10am.

For those of you who missed it last year when the trial event took place, if you’d like to read about the late Chris Moyle (Brighton & Hove City AC) and how he inspired the event, please take a look at https://runbrighton.wordpress.com/stories-and-interviews/the-moyleman-featuring-the-late-chris-moyle/

Entry requests by e-mail to moyleman2015@hotmail.com

Registration (for number collection) closes at 09:45. No ‘on the day’ entries.

The event includes an option to run in a 2-person relay team, running half each, hand-over at Southease. (Trains run to/ from Lewes.)

The finisher’s area is at Harveys yard (opposite Bills), with food by Circa Events. And Harveys are generously donating a barrel of beer.

Entry is £30 per person, (payment via PayPal). Medical/ paramedic teams on the course, water & feed stations and lots of lovely marshals.

Anyone who wishes to help with marshalling/ start or finish area would be made most welcome.  Please contact Chief of Marshals Tom Roper on tom.roper@gmail.com

For detailed route maps and time lapse video, go to The Moyleman facebook page, www.facebook.com/Moyleman


01-03-2015 – BM10K Entries

Entries for the BM10k CLOSE on 6th March!

Join thousands in one of the UK’s best 10k races. Enjoy all the atmosphere of the Brighton Marathon Weekend and a fast, flat route through the city. Starting before Brighton Marathon, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Enter here: http://bm10k.com


20-02-2015 – It’s all about the Pace

RunBrighton has been asked to provide pacers for runners in this year’s Brighton Marathon targeting between 3hrs and 4hrs30.

Come and meet us at the RunBrighton stand at the Expo.  There, you can pick up a pace band to wear around your wrist, listing all your mile splits, whatever your target time from 2hrs45 to 5hrs30.

We are now delighted to announce the following team of pacers, all recruited locally:

3.00

Louis Taub (Brighton & Hove City AC)

Paul Church (Arena 80 / ex RunBrighton Ambassador)

3.15

Adam Tribe (Brighton & Hove City AC)

Mike Whyte (Brighton Phoenix)

3.30

Mark Halls (Brighton & Hove City AC)

Simon Russell (Brighton & Hove City AC)

3.45

Andy Waters (Arena 80 / RunBrighton Ambassador)

Steve Johnson (Arena 80)

4.00

Simon Ho (Brighton & Hove City AC)

Brian Friend (Brighton Phoenix)

4.15

Ilidia Campbell (Henfield Joggers)

Kev Bush (Brighton & Hove City AC)

4.30

Michelle Cartwright (ex RunBrighton Ambassador)

Steve Scott (Brighton & Hove City AC)

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RunBrighton would like to thank all of the above for volunteering their services to guide you to an evenly-paced and successful run on 12th April.

Good luck to everyone running!


12-02-2015 – Fastest field for Brighton

Two cracking races are in prospect for the sixth Brighton Marathon which takes place on Sunday 12 April. Organisers have put together the fastest fields ever on paper for an all-out assault on the record books with four men under 2:10 and two women faster than 2:28.

On the men’s side Mutai Kipkemei KEN, 28, leads the contenders. Though a recent convert to the Marathon he established himself as a sub-2.10 campaigner as recently as last autumn when he finished third in Hengshui in 2:09:29.

The top four are separated by just 12 seconds with fellow Kenyan Josephat Kiprono Leting, 27, from the athletic hotspot of Iten just five seconds slower than Kipkemei. Leting burst onto the scene on his debut in Enschede two years ago  when he finished runner up (2:09:34PB) in one of the oldest races on the calendar.  Last September he went one better by winning the Münster event.

Former Brighton champion Dominic Kangor Kimwetich KEN, 25, will be looking to retain his title after just missing out last year to come second. An exciting tussle in the last few miles saw him rewarded with a personal best by over a minute of 2:09:36.

There are two representatives from Ethiopia, the veteran Birhanu Bekele Berga 33, former winner of the Florence marathon who has a career best of 2:09:41 and youngster Ketema Behailu Mamo, 21, who claimed his first title in Venice last autumn when he ran away from the pack over the second half of the race.

Unknown Kenyan Duncan Kipkurui Maiyo 24, will be racing for the first time outside Kenya when he takes to the Brighton and Hove streets. If the company he keeps is anything to go by he could spell trouble since he trains with an elite trio of 2:06 performers Micah Kogo, Mark Kiptoo and Mike Kigen.

Champion in the same year as her countryman Kangor, Eunice Cheyech Kales, 30, is also making a bid to regain her title. After winning here in the spring of 2013 she travelled to Melbourne in the autumn to establish a career best of 2:27:19 but was frustrated last year by injury.

From Bahrain comes Lishan Dula Gemgchu, 28, fastest amongst the elite women, her lifetime best 2:26:56 coming when she finished third in Rotterdam four years ago.

Precocious teenager Askale Alemayehu ETH, 19, is relatively untested but 2:31:31 from Rennes last year heralds a bright future. Ireland’s Nicola Duncan, 33, clocked 2:33:28 in London last year to be first club runner home, finishing 11th woman overall. Nicola set six PBs last year including a 72:12 half marathon in Barcelona.

The leading British athlete in the line-up is Hayley Munn, 24, coached by Nick Anderson and aiming for a 2:34 clocking, an improvement of some three minutes over her current best.

The Brighton Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label event.

MEN (CR 2:09:25 William Chebor KEN)

Mutai Kipkemei KEN 2:09:29

Josephat Leting KEN 2:09:34

Dominic Kangor KEN 2:09:36

Birhanu Bekele ETH 2:09:41

Duncan Maiyo KEN 2:11:47

Ketema Behailu ETH 2:13:23

Silas Ngetich KEN – debut

WOMEN (CR 2:28:50 Eunice Kales KEN)

Lishan Dula BRN 2:26:56

Eunice Kales KEN 2:27:19

Askale Alemayehu ETH 2:31:31

Nicola Duncan IRL 2:33:28

Hayley Munn GBR 2:37:44

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For more information contact: Press Officer Michael Butcher michael.butcher@groundedevents.co.uk  (Mobile 07801 826 593)


05-02-2015 – The Final XC League Match, Saturday 14th February

Note that this will now take place at Lancing rather than Bexhill.


25-01-2015 – Tick Tick Boom – Tickner’s Wolf Stride in Full Effect at Stanmer!

Bright, sunny conditions made a brilliant backdrop for the SEAA Champs at Stanmer Park on Saturday. The commentator went as far as describing the conditions as ‘tropical in comparison to recent years’ championships’!

The racing started in style with James Puxty (Tonbridge) edging Zakariya Mahamed (Southampton) and Lachlan Wellington (Portsmouth) in the U15 boys, the silver medal won by a hair’s breadth.

In the U15 girls, Almi Nerurkar (Phoenix) had a fine run to take 6th place in her first year in the age group; and will be looking to build upon that next year.

More local interest came further up the age groups, in the U20 women’s race, where Grace Baker (Aldershot/ Hastings), Nicole Taylor (Tonbridge/ Crowborough) and Leah Harris (Worthing) were all looking to take advantage of the ‘home venue’. Both Baker and Taylor ran in the large lead group for the first lap, before Baker and her Aldershot team mate, Amy Griffiths, increased the pace to drop the chasing peloton. Baker and Griffiths were locked together and entered the woods 1km from the end side-by-side; however Griffiths’ superior track speed was shown as she tore through the final downhill section to win the 6km race in 23:05 to Baker’s 23:17. Griffiths has a 1500m PB of 4:15 and demonstrated that Stanmer Park’s incredibly firm underfoot conditions and downhill finish is absolutely ideal for the track runners.
Taylor was not far behind in fifth place in 24:08 with Harris, just back from injury, to place 16th just one place head of another Tonbridge/Crowborough athlete Sian Driscoll.

Louise Damen (Winchester) took the Senior Women’s race by the horns. The 2:30 marathoner led from the gun and left those naïve enough to follow her in a world of pain! Many of the chasing pack found themselves suffering horribly up the first hill after the just one kilometre in the 8km race. Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot) judged her run well to cruise to 2nd. Although the real race was behind these front two. Emma Macready (Worthing) was back in the third group and 20th place after the first kilometre, refusing to get sucked in to the chase behind Damen. As the chasers fell back and out, Macready moved through to join the front pack and was locked into a group battling it out for the bronze medal. At halfway Macready was in third place, with Gillian Sanders (Ranelagh), following closely and sitting in, looking to kick in the closing stages. Macready was wise to this and tactfully stretched her lead, such that Sanders’ sprint finish was without impact. Macready’s brilliant bronze followed her fantastic 5th place in the Cardiff Cross Challenge the weekend before.

The senior men’s race was, as ever, a gruelling 15km affair; 20% longer than its Northern and Midland counterparts run on the same day. The 16 man lead pack featured Sussex’s finest in the shape of Ben Tickner and Jalapeño Jon Pepper, both representing Phoenix. By the start of the second lap, the group was down to 10, with both Phoenix athletes still in the mix. Stanmer’s woods feature a brilliant slight downhill which really allow runners to hit their top gear; it was here that Jalapeño Jon strode out and took the lead, closely tracked by Paskar Owor (Belgrave); Tickner followed sharing third place with Mohamud Aadan (Thames Valley); with 5th place a little way behind. Pepper continued to turn the screw and string the field out behind him, but Owor and Tickner kept him in their sights. Pepper did his best to drop these two, knowing that he would struggle against either of these two if it came down to a sprint finish. Into the final kilometre Pepper and Owor raced shoulder to shoulder, matching each other’s’ stride, but to their surprise Tickner burst through the middle of them and made his dash for home with a dramatic sprint up a short sharp hill. Tickner won this race in 2012 with a sprint finish against marathon man Phil Wicks (Belgrave), but he found himself with an entirely different challenge in 2015: another Belgrave athlete, but this time 1:46 800m Olympian Paskar Owor (who represented Uganda). Tickner’s ‘wolf stride’ kick is well known, but he could scarcely have picked an opponent with better pedigree than Paskar. Somehow he held the lead to the end, with Pepper chasing hard and almost being caught by Alex Bruce-Littlewood (Blackheath), who must have had the fastest last kilometre of all! The front 4 were separated by just 4 seconds – incredible racing!
Howard Bristow (Brighton & Hove) and club mate Kevin Rojas also ran well placing 29th and 31st respectively and James Baker (Chichester) was also in good form to finish 65th, which is no mean achievement in this event.

There were some good running by Sussex runners in the younger age groups with Leo Brewer (Lewes) having his best ever run to finish a fine sixth in the U13 boys event while in the U15 age group Joe Body (Hastings) also squeezed inside the Top ten placing ninth.
Harmony Cooper (Hastings) finished an excellent 11th in the U13 girl’s race while Rosie Ellis (Chichester) placed 12th in the U17 Girls race and Sophie Markwick (Hastings) place 25th.
Harry Leleu (Chichester) led the Sussex challenge in the U20 men’s race and after Stephen Ferroni (Brighton & Hove) dropped out of the U17 men’s race it was down to club mate Brody Denholm to lead the Sussex runner’s home in 36th place.

By Kevin Mason


22-01-2015 – South of England Cross Country Championships

Here are the timings for the various races, which take place this Saturday 24th January, at Stanmer Park, BN1 9SE:

Under 15 Boys 4500 metres 11:00 am

Under 13 Girls 3000 metres 11:20 am

Under 13 Boys 3000 metres 11:35 am

Under 15 Girls 4000 metres 11:50 am

Under 17 Men 6000 metres 12:10 pm

Under 20 Women 6000 metres 12:40 pm

Under 17 Women 5000 metres 1:05 pm

Under 20 Men 8000 metres 1:30 pm

Senior Women 8000 metres 2:05 pm

Senior Men 15000 metres 2:50 pm


19-01-2015 – Brooks Sussex Master’s Cross-Country Championships Results

There was some success for Brighton runners in Lancing on Saturday.

The winner of the M50/60 5-mile race was Keith Newton (Brighton & Hove).

Brighton & Hove also won the team race in both the M50 and the M40 categories.

Paul Whelpton (Phoenix) took the O60 title.

Peter Witcomb (Brighton and Hove) was 1st over 65.

Arena 80 won the W35 team race.

For full race report, see http://www.sussexathletics.org.uk/news.php?id=1685


15-01-2015 – Action packed BM10K

An intriguing tussle is in prospect for the second BM10K which takes place Sunday 12 April as part of the Brighton Marathon Weekend.

The fastest man in the field is Scot Andrew Lemoncello (28:47) but Matthew Hynes is an experienced 10km exponent and could well offer a stern test over the super fast Brighton course.

The Gateshead harrier broke through the 30min barrier three years ago and has steadily progressed since, posting his career best time of 29:23 last autumn in Leeds.

But Southend’s Adam Hickey, who stormed to a top-ten finish in December’s Euro Cross championships and Morpeth’s Jonathan Taylor, second fastest in the field, are also serious contenders for the title.

Local interest is provided by Jon Pepper of Brighton Phoenix who racked up his fourth Sussex county cross country title in a row two weeks ago.

The BM10K course record stands to Nick McCormick with 29:11 from 2014.

A Brighton favourite, Sunderland’s Alyson Dixon, returns to defend her BM10K title but will have her hands full to cope with seasoned competitor, Preston’s Helen Clitheroe and Euro Cross team gold medallist Steph Twell of AFD.

With three out of the top four in the UK rankings for this distance last year on the start line, Dixon’s course record of 32:35 is likely to go.

Leeds City’s Emma Clayton, sixth in last year’s European mountain running championships, will be pitching to dip under 33min for the first time.

The Brighton Marathon weekend begins on Friday 10 April with the two-day action packed Exhibition in the Brighton Centre.

Saturday sees the Mini Mile Races in Preston Park (11.00am start) and the weekend culminates on Sunday with the BM10K and the Marathon.

The Brighton Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label event.

2015 BM10K leading entries (with 10k road PBs)

MEN

Andy Lemoncello (28:47)

Jonathan Taylor (29:13)

Matt Hynes (29:23)

Jon Pepper (29:44)

Adam Hickey (29:53)

WOMEN

Helen Clitheroe (31:45)

Steph Twell (32:28)

Aly Dixon (32:35)

Emma Clayton (33:49)

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For more information contact: Press Officer Michael Butcher michael.butcher@groundedevents.co.uk  (Mobile 07801 826 593)


13-01-2015 – Mini Mile Races

Early Bird entries for 2015 are OPEN! These places are limited. Don’t miss out!

2014 saw the Mini Mile Races move from Brighton’s seafront to greener pastures at Preston Park, as well as from marathon Sunday to the preceding Saturday. These changes not only enabled the event to grow, but to give the children their own day to shine at the Brighton Marathon Weekend.

Feedback to the changes was overwhelming, with families and participants enjoying the stages, warm-ups and TV screens as well as a much larger space for running, cheering and spectating. It also meant that many parents and children could still take part in, or attend, the Brighton Marathon and BM10k the next day!

“We were not sure about the change at first but when we were at the event it was so much easier to find everything, to see your child run and to find them afterwards. It was possible to watch different points of the race and really celebrate children running.” – Django Oerton

Since then the organisers, Grounded Events, have been working hard to make the Mini Mile Races even bigger and better for 2015 and hope you can join them at Preston Park on Saturday 11th April.

For an entry form, please go to http://www.brightonminimile.co.uk/

Be a part of the 2015 Brighton Marathon Weekend!


12-01-2015 – Former London Marathon Winner trains with RunBrighton

RunBrighton’s 2nd seminar of the winter marathon training season witnessed an excellent turn-out at the Hilton Brighton Metropole yesterday.

Representatives from Brighton Marathon, RunningWithUs, Body Rehab, A Word on Nutrition, Saucony and Runners Need were all in attendance.

Jon Pepper of Brighton Phoenix, marathon time 2hrs19 and winner of this season’s Sussex Cross-Country County Championships, provided an informative breakdown of how best to execute the marathon on race day.

But it was special guest Mike Gratton, winner of the 1983 London Marathon and MD of 2:09 Events, who took centre stage. Mike was interviewed by Nick Anderson, official Coach to the Brighton Marathon, and went on to explain how he managed running 140 miles a week whilst also working full time.

Great to have both Mike and Jon, as well as Brighton Marathon Race Director Tom Naylor, join us on our 90-minute sea-front training run.

To view our photos of the run, make sure you check out our Facebook page 


04-01-2015 – Pepper and Baker victorious in County Champs Quagmire

by Kevin Mason

The Brooks Cross Country Championships 2015’s ‘firm underfoot’ conditions were destroyed by 12 hours of wind and rain which continued into the races. Instead runners faced a quagmire: shin deep puddles and an inability to gain traction for the vast majority of the course.

The senior men’s race was, as expected, a duel between Phoenix athletes Jalapeño Jon Pepper and the Wolf of Walferdange, Ben Tickner. In testing conditions these two tore away from the chasing pack, but were joined for the first lap by Tonbridge runner Ryan Driscoll. Pepper and Tickner have raced each other many times over the years and both men tried their best to drop the other; although one sensed if the race came down to a sprint finish Tickner would be the victor. The two were locked together for the first three and a half gruelling laps, but as they entered the woods on the 4th, the Wolf put in a concerted effort to drop Jalapeño Jon. When the two exited the woods, it was Pepper who had the lead, which he held to the end, to win by just 3 seconds.

This was Pepper’s fourth consecutive victory! This moves him to 4th all time, one behind Andy Bristow (Brighton & Hove) and halfway to the record 8 held jointly by Hugh Foord and Peter Standing (both also Brighton & Hove).

The race for bronze was equally exciting, Ryan Driscoll was dropped early on, and made a target for the chasing peloton of Max Thomas (Hastings), Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove), Howard Bristow (Brighton & Hove) and Sam Wade (Phoenix). Cross country is a captivating event as it brings athletes of all running disciplines together in a single race: in the chasing pack were Thomas, a 1:50 800m runner; Rojas, a 2:19 marathoner; Bristow, a 14:51 5000m runner and Wade, an accomplished triathlete. Thomas and Rojas battled it out and were still locked together for the final sprint where Tough of the Track, Thomas was able to outkick Marathon Man Rojas to claim 3rd by one second.

Phoenix’s 6 man team won, beating Brighton, with Lewes in 3rd.

The final race of the day was the U20/ Senior women’s, again as expected, Emma Macready (Worthing) battled against U20 Hastings athlete Grace Baker. The lowest part of the course, running alongside Little Common Road, was doing its best impression of the Somme in turning the usual grass into slippery mud. Baker tripped and fell, providing Macready the chance to break away, which she did, gaining a good few seconds on her junior opponent. Macready looked like she would continue to lead all the way to the end, as Baker did her best to decrease the gap. Then disaster for Macready struck: she had miscounted the laps and made her sprint finish a lap early! Upon discovering her mistake she tried her best to hold it together, but had spent too much energy kicking away. On the last big hill, Baker caught Macready and overtook her without looking back. Baker continued to stretch her lead and in the end won by a convincing 11 seconds. In third place was Nicole Taylor (Tonbridge), Sarah Kingston (Worthing) was 4th; while Julie Briggs (Arena 80) placed 5th.

The 4-to-a-team competition saw Worthing win, ahead of Lewes and Brighton.

Many of the junior events also went the way of the form book, as predicted the two ‘dead certs’ Stephen Ferroni (U17 men, Brighton & Hove) and Almi Nerurkar (U15 girls, Phoenix) won by 37 and 58 seconds repectively. Ferroni will next year move up to U20 men, where he’ll face yesterday’s victor Billy White; whereas Nerurkar will also have next year as an U15

George Pool (Hastings) started as U13 boys pre-race favourite, and lived up to the title.
The U13 girls’ race saw a great battle between Harmony Cooper (Hastings) and Olivia Wiseman (Chichester), a long way in front of the rest, with the former emerging victorious by 6 seconds.

In the U15 boys’ race Joseph Body (Hastings) proved the best on the day, using his knowledge of his home course to his advantage, to beat Ben Collins (Chichester) by 19 seconds.

Rose Ellis (Chichester) produced her best run of the season so far in the demanding conditions, to beat Martha Coyle (Brighton) for the U17 girls’ title.

Hastings, were dominant in the junior teams: winning U13 girls, U13 boys, U15 girls, U15 boys, U17 girls. Many congratulations to Hastings, and many thanks to Terry Skelton and the team for putting on such a brilliant event in such grim conditions.


30-12-2014 – Boxing Day results, Preston Park

The annual Boxing Day races in Preston Park offer a choice of 1, 2, 3 or 4 laps.

The outright winner of the 4-lap course this year was Brighton & Hove City AC runner Stephen Ferroni.

For the full results, see http://www.jogshoponline.co.uk/news/news-7.html


16-12-2014 – RunBrighton Warm-Weather Training in the Algarve

We are delighted to announce another exciting leap forward for RunBrighton.

We shall shortly be collaborating with RunningWithUs and 2:09 Events to establish a warm-weather training week in the Algarve, mid-March, perfect timing for anyone preparing for a spring marathon.

RunningWithUs is managed by GB Coach Nick Anderson, who is also the official Coach for Brighton Marathon. 2:09 Events is managed by Mike Gratton, former winner of London Marathon.

This will be an opportunity only for those who have joined up to RunBrighton’s 14/15 marathon training, for which there are still places available.

Further details to follow in the New Year.


9-12-2014 – Pavey Official Starter for Brighton

The Grounded Events Company is delighted to announce that Jo Pavey will be the Official Starter for the 2015 Brighton Marathon.

Jo hit the heights this summer to win her first major title when she scorched to 10000m gold at the European Championships in Zurich. That win came just 10 days after she had claimed Commonwealth Games bronze in Glasgow over 5000m.

“Jo is not only a fantastic athlete but an inspiration to us all because she manages to combine a normal family life with all the demands an athlete faces,” said Brighton Marathon Founder Tim Hutchings.

“Having tried everything over the years to win that elusive gold medal, she now recognises that the secret ingredient to her most successful year ever is a happy family life that has given her the emotional strength and stability to help her achieve the highest honours.”

Both Jo’s medals came at the grand old age of 40 when most athletes have long hung up their spikes. Her win in Zurich made her the oldest female European champion in history and came just 10 months after giving birth to her second child.

After a distinguished career spanning 26 years Jo still has no immediate plans to retire and is looking forward eagerly to yet another World Championship campaign in 2015.

Her astonishing late flowering has placed her on the short list for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year and has already scooped the British Athletics Writers’ Female Athlete of the year accolade.

Apart from fulfilling her duties as starter for the Brighton Marathon and BM10k on Sunday April 12th, Jo will also be sending over 3000 Mini Milers on their way the day before.

Before the main events, Jo will be attending the two-day Brighton Marathon Exhibition which features the sport’s favourite brands, a choice of exciting competitions and the chance for an early bird entry to the 2016 Brighton Marathon.

The Brighton Marathon Weekend gathers pace with the Mini Mile on Saturday when thousands of enthusiastic youngsters take over Preston Park roared on by eager parents.

Everything comes to a peak on Sunday with ecstatic crowds and fantastic on-course entertainment and thousands of runners seeking a personal best over the BM10k or the Marathon itself.

And when it is all over runners can celebrate with family and friends at the Beach Village enjoying food and drink while watching live coverage from the comfort of a deckchair.

The Brighton Marathon takes place on Sunday April 12 2015.

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For more information contact: Press Officer Michael Butcher michael.butcher@groundedevents.co.uk  (Mobile 07801 826 593)


7-12-2014 – Mountain Runner makes a molehill out of Lancing Manor

by  Kevin Mason

Crisp, sunny conditions greeted runners in the third instalment of this season’s Brooks Sussex League XC at Lancing Manor. International Mountain Runner Chris Smith dominated the men’s race, repeating his victory from last year. Smith, representing his new Second Claim club, Haywards Heath Harriers, got in front and was clear of the pack after a few hundred metres. The lead continued to grow and the peloton soon knew they were in a battle for Silver.

The chase was led by Paul Navesey (Crawley), Max Dumbrell (now in the red vest of Brighton) and Max Thomas (Hastings), followed some way back by James Baker (Chichester).

Lancing is a challenging course with two laps of a very long uphill drag and a very long, swift descent. Baker, who is in his best form for a good few years, used his wisdom and superabundant experience to hold off during the first lap. He caught the trio at the half way point and pulled away from them up the second ascent to secure second place.

Max Thomas was truly Bakerised and fell back into sixth, with Max Dumbrell sprinting to third ahead of Howard Bristow (Brighton); with Paul Navesey in fifth.

The Junior/ Senior Women’s race went to the form book. Emma Macready (Worthing) led from the start, but was closely tracked by Martha Coyle (U17, Brighton). Macready has made quite a name for herself on tough, taxing courses; and today was no different. Coyle was able to stay with Macready on the flat ground around the park, but could not match Emma’s incredible engine up the hill.

Within the race, Martha won the U17 Women’s race to secure a supreme hat trick of first places in her age group. She also wins the title of U17 League Champion while two more Under 17 runners, Rosie Ellis (Chichester) and Sophie Markwick (Hastings) followed in third and fourth places.

George Pool (Hastings) equalled this brilliant achievement in the U13 boys’ division.

The other titles will have to wait until the final fixture on 14th February at Bexhill.

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Pool, who had been unwell during the week, was under instructions from his coach to take it easy and so he did for the first half of the race. Temptation proved too powerful but he let loose to record his third victory this season. This seems the most boring age group this season as Ethan Fincham (Worthing) and Leo Brewer (Lewes) followed him home as they had in the previous two races.

The Under 17 men produced the third different winner this season as Archie Davis (Phoenix) notched up a comfortable victory over Eastbourne’s Dan Stidder (Eastbourne) and his club mate Oliver Johnson.

Harmony Cooper (Hastings) proved a clear winner of the U13 girls race ahead of Rosie Gainsford (Lewes) and Brighton & Hove’s Niamh Halloren while Jody Body (Hastings) eased to a comfortable victory in the U15 boys race ahead of Ben Collins (Chichester) and Ben Martin (Lewes).

Almi Nerurkar (Phoenix), who had missed the Plumpton race, romped away from the Plumpton winner, Crawley’s Jade Dancaster, notching up the largest margin of victory of the day, just over one minute, with Phoenix club mate Charlotte Matthews in third place.

Finishing ninth in the senior race was Crawley’s Neil Smith. Smith has already led the Veterans home in the previous races this season and will be crowned as Veterans League champion in February.


3/12/2014 – Huge congratulations to Brighton & Hove City AC’s Will Gray on first GB call-up

http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2014-news-page/december-2014/02-12-14-euro-cross-team/


2/12/2014 – RunBrighton’s Marathon Training Starts on a Basketball Court

Well that was another incredibly successful start to RunBrighton’s winter marathon-training season.

The Clarence Room at The Hilton Brighton Metropole was brimming with enthusiasm on Sunday morning as a couple of hundred runners joined us for the start of their four-and-a-half month journey to the Brighton Marathon finish line.

GB Coach Nick Anderson, official Coach for the Brighton Marathon, kicked off the proceedings with an informative presentation on some of the many aspects of training which contribute to a successful race day.

Then it was over to Jonny Quint of Saucony to explain the importance of getting your shoes right!

After a short warm-up led by Studio57’s Matt Phillips down on the seaside basketball court, which attracted quite an audience from passers-by, it was time for a run.

RunBrighton’s Mike Bannister, along with his very able and good looking team of Ambassadors, took everyone out for a nice easy 1-hour run which took us past the Palace Pier, Brighton Wheel and statue of Olympian Steve Ovett, around Brighton Marina and along the undercliff path to Rottingdean.

Back at the hotel, a nice long stretching session was led by Body Rehab’s Tamir Sharp, who went on to provide a raft of useful tips to help us keep our bodies in shape.

And finally it was over to Nick Morgan from A Word on Nutrition, who explained how to eat for optimum race performance, before a final round of questions and answers.

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Good luck to everyone training for the Brighton Marathon, which takes place on 12th April 2015.

Next seminar, 11th January.

And it’s not too late to sign up for RunBrighton’s winter marathon-training season.


24/11/2014 – Mud Glorious Mud!

Although the earlier rain had eased by Saturday afternoon, there was no escaping the mud underfoot at the second in the series of this winter’s Brooks Sussex Cross-Country League, which witnessed a great turnout from local athletes.

For full race report, see… http://www.sussexathletics.org.uk/news.php?id=1658


17/11/2014 – 2 out of 3 podium places ain’t bad for Sussex athletes at the Brighton 10k

(by Kevin Mason)

The 2014 edition of the Brooks Brighton 10k attracted some 3500 entrants from near and far. The course avoided the Prom and the pathway, remaining entirely on road.

The race started swiftly, with a huge crowd going through 1km in 3minutes flat; however Kev Rojas (Brighton) and Paul Whittaker (Southend) were ahead of the chasing pack by 3km and clear by some distance as they crossed the halfway point shoulder-to-shoulder in 15:22. The two of them pulled away and increased the lead as they approached the hairpin turn at 6.5km. Both men slowed to turn, and Whittaker seized his opportunity to break free from Rojas.

It appeared that the race would stay like that, but Jon Pepper had other ideas. He was 30m back at the 6.5km, but made a massive effort to win the race in the final 3.5km. Jalapeño Jon flew past Rojas but the eyes of the athlete from Phoenix were firmly focussed further forwards on first.

Whittaker led downhill as he embarked upon the final kilometre, but Pepper persisted and missed out by just seven seconds. 30:41 to JJ’s 30:48

Rojas held on for third place in 31:04, just ahead of Ben Jones (Coventry) and his new training team mate, Neil Boniface (Horsham Joggers), who with 31:20, ran his fastest time for years.

There were also promising Sussex results for Max Dumbrell (31:58), Patrick Acaye (32:47), Matt Bradford (32:52) and Ash Humphreys (33:01).

Katrina Wooton from Coventry was a convincing winner of the women’s races storming into the lead right from the start and by the 5km mark she was twenty seconds clear of Brighton & Hove’s Helena Tobin .

Over the second half of the race she failed to stretch her lead and in fact Tobin closed the gap by a few seconds taking the silver medal just eighteen seconds adrift clocking 35:15 to the winners 34:57. Tobin took a full minute off her previous fastest time which she set at Eastleigh in March.

Bryony Proctor from Aldershot clocked 35:21 in third place while Emily Proto (Arena 80) also recorded a massive personal best in fifth place improving from 38:26 to 37.08.

Lewes athletes Jocelin Lowden and Emma Robertson were the next Sussex runners to finish placing ninth and tenth respectively in 38:52 and 39:22 respectively.

Further afield, Emma Macready (Worthing) won Gosport Half Marathon in 1:18:52 while Adam Clarke from Hastings clocked a sub 30 minutes 10k run at Leeds clocking 29:46.

To view the full results, see https://www.raceplus.co.uk/raceplus-index.php?content=1&race=47600&show_type=All&event_id=BB1014&event_id=BB1014


10/11/2014 – Brighton & Hove Dan – Fastest Ultra Runner in India

Local Brighton runner Dan Lawson, of Albion in the Community, yesterday claimed victory in the Bangalore Ultra, a 24-hour race which takes place on undulating off-road trail and includes a scenic bamboo forest.

Smashing last year’s record of 161km, Dan completed a total distance of 226km.

Not only has he taken the course record, this is the greatest distance ever covered in any 24-hour ultra in India.

Congratulations Dan, great achievement!

If you missed it back in July, you may wish to read our interview with Dan… https://runbrighton.wordpress.com/stories-and-interviews/awesome-lawson/


8/11/2014 – Impressive turn-out and performances at Brighton & Hove parkrun

Well, that was an impressive turn-out and great performance across the board for local runners in this morning’s Brighton & Hove parkrun which, for many of them, has served as a good warm-up for next week’s Brooks Brighton 10k.

Remarkably, despite the tough, windy conditions, 12 runners finished inside 17.30.

Kev Rojas and Neil Boniface battled through the crowded course, Neil with the faster finish to take first place.

Neil (Horsham Joggers), winner of last month’s Barns Green Half Marathon, has recently begun training with Kev in the Allison Benton Endurance Performance training group.

Not fazed by the strong wind, Neil earned himself a big PB with a time of 15.15 (also taking 8 seconds off the Brighton & Hove parkrun V35 record), whilst Kev (Brighton & Hove City AC) matched his existing PB of 15.19.

Other fellow training partners included Max Dumbrell (matching his PB with a 15.42), Ashley Humphreys (new PB, 16.21), David Benton (17.01), Louis Taub (17.06), Helena Tobin (17.16, new PB) and Adam Tribe (17.20, just 2 seconds outside of his PB despite a suspected toe fracture)!

Phoenix runner Archie Davis and Worthing & District Harriers’s Jack Woods also got PB’s with 16.03 and 16.26 respectively. And Phoenix’s Patrick Acaye was just outside his PB with 16.19.

Meanwhile, ex-Olympian and winner of the 1993 World Cup Marathon, Richard Nerurkar, sneaked in with his debut Brighton & Hove parkrun and finished in an impressive 16.12. Not bad for a 50-year-old, and has now taken the Brighton & Hove parkrun V50 record!

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Amazing results all round, bearing in mind the conditions. Congratulations to all! And good luck to everyone in the Brooks Brighton 10k next Sunday!


3/11/2014 – Record numbers turn out for parkrun birthday party!

Saturday 1st November saw Brighton and Hove parkrun’s  7th Anniversary and, with it, a record turnout for an anniversary event. Not just that, it hosted the highest number of parkrunners at Hove ever. The previous record (just three months ago) was topped this weekend by 13 to make a grand total of 518 (sixth highest parkrun in the UK for the week).

For full report, including details of the 2013/14 awards, see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brighton/news/2014/11/03/run-report-1-november-2014/


21/10/2014 – Brighton Marathon entries re-opening!

Still looking for a spring marathon?

General entries for the 2015 Brighton Marathon will RE-OPEN for 24 HOURS ONLY!

Don’t miss out!

To enter, register your interest by 31.10.14:

http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/general-entries-re-opening


20/10/2014 – Gaz finally cracks the 3hr barrier

Congratulations to Arena 80’s Gary McKivett who has just gone under 3 hours for the first time. With the objective of doing just that, he ran a perfectly paced race in Amsterdam on Sunday, producing optimum negative splits, the second half being 10 seconds quicker than the first, finishing in 2:58:18.

All the hard work paid off, and we’ll be looking forward to seeing another chunk off that time in a spring marathon next year.

Welcome to the sub-3 club Gary! Well deserved!


20/10/2014 – Goodwood Results

photo by Tom Ulliott

A great day for Brighton runners at Goodwood on Saturday, in the first of Sussex’s Cross Country League fixtures for this winter.

Local heroes were as follows…

Jon Pepper (Brighton Phoenix) – Men, 1st

Martha Coyle (Brighton & Hove City AC) – Women, 1st

Almi Nerurkar (Brighton Phoenix) – Under 15 Girls, 1st

Julie Briggs (Arena 80) – Veteran Women, 1st

Arena 80 – Veteran Women’s Team, 1st

Brighton & Hove City AC – Men’s Team, 1st

For full results, see http://www.sussexathletics.org.uk/results.php#441


11/10/2014 – New Preston Park parkrun Course Record

Congratulations to Arena 80’s Emily Proto who seems to be on fire just lately, going from strength to strength. This morning, 11/10/2014, she broke the women’s course record at Preston Park parkrun with a time of 17:53.

This smashes the previous record which was held by Brighton & Hove City AC’s Martha Coyle (18:31).

With a recent increase in the intensity of Emily’s training, and with a 10,000m track race just a day-and-a-half ago no doubt still in her legs, this time will no doubt come tumbling down in the weeks to come.


10/10/2014 – Birthday Boys 10,000m track race

The Birthday Boys 5,000m and 10,000m track races started back in August 2008. They were established as fun runs to celebrate the birthdays of Tom Ulliott, Tom Fallon and Mark Halls, all members of Brighton & Hove City AC, and all born on 21st August, as well as providing an ideal opportunity to take part in a middle/longer distance track race for those who otherwise wouldn’t normally do so.

Six years on and Tom Ulliott has ensured the event has kept going strong. Still a fairly low key race but, always logged on Power of Ten (the website where you can find out how you rank amongst your peers across the UK), it has become an annual favourite for some of our local runners.

It’s not an elite race, although it has often witnessed some highly respectable times. On two occasions the 10k winner has clocked under 32 minutes. This year, the races were split into two separate evenings so many have been able to take part in both. The 5,000m was held on 11th September.

The 10,000m took place on 9th October, and its success was in no small part due to the army of volunteers who came and helped on the night. As for the race itself, 17 runners made the start line in what is the toughest track race in track and field, made all the tougher on the night by strong winds and storm with lightning and torrential rain in the final laps!!

Well done to Tom and all the volunteers for ensuring the event went smoothly, yet again!

The full results were as follows:

Alex Begley (V40) 37:08.67
Mark Halls (V50) 37:24.21
Gary Christie (V50) 37:35.57
Chris Mallinson (V35) 37:43.23
Emily Proto (S/L) 38:08.46
Dave Rogers (V40) 39.23.80
Matt Dowse (S/M) 39:46.55
Jakob Junker (S/M) 40:05.70
Tom Ulliott (V55) 40:19.96
Gary Moran (S/M) 40:47.55
Sean Gibson (V50) 41:06.42
Jonatan Junker (S/M) 41:11.50
Cathy Ulliott (VL50) 42:20.05
Gary McKivett (S/M) 42:21.36
David Kemp (V55) 42:25.90
Isobel Muir (VL35) 42:45.42


8/10/2014 – Record numbers Run the World

More children than ever before took part in Run the World this year with a record total of 7,582 covering a kilometre.

One of many sprint starts at Hove Park

One of many sprint starts at Hove Park

The third and final day took place in Homefield Park, Worthing, Tuesday October 7 where 2,785 youngsters made it the most successful of the outings.

All told, 46 enthusiastic schools – another record – made it a week to remember with each day enjoying bright sunshine.

Run the World is designed to get children out of the classroom and into the fresh air, encouraging an active lifestyle.

The event is organised by Grounded Events, the team that brings the highly successful Brighton Marathon Weekend to the city each year.

Day one in Preston Park, Brighton, saw Brighton Pavilion Green MP, Caroline Lucas, act as an exclusive pacemaker with the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch and his wife, Norah, not to be outdone.

In Homefield Park, Conservative MP Timothy Loughton and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Cllrs Michael Donin and Linda Williams, were in attendance.

The event was sponsored by Southern Water and Brighton and Hove Public Health.

Run the World, which is free of charge, serves as a taster for the Mini Mile Races which take place the day before the Marathon and are open to all schoolchildren between the ages of seven and 17.

photo by Sam Underwood

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For more information contact:

Project Manager: Holly Freeman

Tel: 07870 495819

Email: holly.freeman@groundedevents.co.uk


29/09/2014 – Sub-2:20 for Mexican Kev

On Sunday 28th September, Berlin Marathon witnessed a new world record, from Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, in a time of 2hr 2mins 57 secs.

Far more importantly though, our very own ex RunBrighton Ambassador and Brighton & Hove City AC runner Kevin Rojas was spot on with his own target on the same course, cracking the 2:20 barrier, with a fantastic finish time of 2hrs 19 mins 36 secs. Well done Kev!

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If you missed it back in May, you might want to take a look at our feature on Kev at http://www.runbrighton.com/storiesinterviews/ 

Note Kev’s comment at the time…”The next stop is Berlin Marathon in September, where the plan is to get inside 2hrs20…”


29/9/2014 – Barns Green Half Marathon

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Sunday 28th September was the last day of RunBrighton’s summer season, concluding with a great turn-out at Barns Green Half Marathon.

There were some excellent times and a few PB’s despite it being a particularly hot day on an undulating course.

The first Brighton runners home were (men) Patrick Acaye of Brighton Phoenix in 3rd place and (women) Emily Proto of Arena 80 in 2nd place. Their chip times were 1:15:13 and 1:22:59 respectively.

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The overall winners were (men) Neil Boniface of Horsham Joggers (1:12:24) and Rebecca Moore of Worthing & District Harriers (1:17:42).

Click HERE for full results.

For photos, please see our Facebook page. 


26/09/2014 – Run The World Event Dates

Featuring over 8000 schoolchildren from 46 schools, the fourth edition of the highly popular Run the World takes to the Parks over the next two weeks. The event is organised by Grounded Events, organisers of the Brighton Marathon Weekend as an initiative to get children in the city outdoors and active.

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch (Lab and Co-op) and Councillor Denise Cobb (Con) will be attending the opening day at Preston Park together with Councillor Leo Littman (Green).

SAMSUNG CSCHomefield Park, Worthing, will be attended by the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress Cllrs Michael Donin and Miss Linda Williams.

The aim of the event is to add together all the kilometres covered and match them with a geographical distance.

In the first year the children ran from Brighton to Bamako, capital of Mali, a distance of 4,200km. This year they will be running from Hanoi to Sydney, all of 7,747km .

The event is sponsored by Southern Water and Brighton and Hove Public Health.

Run the World, which is free of charge, serves as a taster for the Mini Mile Races which take place the day before the Marathon and are open to all schoolchildren between the ages of seven and 17.

Run the World Event Dates:

Day 1: Wednesday 1st October 2014 Preston Park, Brighton – 9.30am

Day 2: Thursday 2nd October 2014 Hove Park, Hove – 9.30am

Day 3: Tuesday 7th October 2014 Homefield Park, Worthing – 9.30am


25/09/2014 – Cross-Country Fixtures

This winter’s XC race dates for your diary…Niall-XC

Sussex Cross-Country League

Sat 18th October – Goodwood

Sat 22nd November – Plumpton College

Sat 6th December – Lancing Manor

Sat 14th February – Bexhill

Senior Southern Championships

Sat 24th January – Stanmer Park

Southern Masters Championships

Sat 13th December – Horspath, Oxford

Senior Sussex Championships

Sat 3rd January – Bexhill

Sussex Masters Championships

Sat 17th January – Lancing

For more races in the Brighton area, go to http://www.runbrighton.com/events/


21/09/2014 – John Ramsden’s 200th parkrun

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Congratulations to Brighton & Hove City AC’s John Ramsden who, at the age of 81, has just completed his 200th parkrun. Well done John! Here’s to the next 100!For the latest Brighton & Hove parkrun news, go to www.parkrun.org.uk/brighton/news/

For the latest Preston Park parkrun news, go to www.parkrun.org.uk/prestonpark/news/


21/09/2014 – Arena 10k Results

Another clear win for James Baker! For the full results of the 7th Hove Prom 10k, go to http://arena80.tripod.com/HoveProm10k/HArenaoveProm10kRace.htm


20/09/2014 – The Color Run

Color-RunThe grey tarmac of Madeira Drive was today transformed into a sea of colour as thousands of runners descended on the sea front for the annual Color Run.

The 5km run, presented by Dulux, involves runners of all ages starting out in white tee shirts but then showered in coloured powder at each kilometre marker.

In front of a backdrop of bright blue summer sky, streams of runners emerged from the coloured clouds which hovered alongside the beach.

The event which is tagged The Happiest 5k on the Planet has only been running a couple of years, but is proving to be a great success, with over a million participants across over 100 events in 2013 & 2014.

Rather than being a timed event, it is more about creating an environment which promotes health and happiness.


 20/09/2014 – Birthday Boys 5,000m track race

track-5000The Birthday Boys 5,000m and 10,000m track races started back in August 2008. They were established as fun runs to celebrate the birthdays of Tom Ulliott, Tom Fallon and Mark Halls, all members of Brighton & Hove City AC, and all born on 21st August, as well as providing an ideal opportunity to take part in a middle/longer distance track race for those who otherwise wouldn’t normally do so.

Six years on and Tom Ulliott has ensured the event has kept going strong. Still a fairly low key race but, always logged on Power of Ten (the website where you can find out how you rank amongst your peers across the UK), it has become an annual favourite for some of our local runners.

It’s not an elite race, although it has often witnessed some highly respectable times. On two occasions the 10k winner has clocked under 32 minutes. This year, the races have been split into two separate evenings so many can take part in both. The 5,000m was held on 11th September and the race once again produced some creditable performances across the age groups. The 10,000m is scheduled for 9th October.

Well done to Tom for organising!

This year, 12 of the 22 finishers achieved a PB.

The full results were as follows:

1st Alex Begley – Brighton Tri – MV40 – 17.45.22
2nd Joe Ashley – Arena 80 – SM – 17.48.14
3rd Gary Christie – B&H City AC – MV50 – 17.53.36
4th Mark Halls – B&H City AC – MV50 – 17.55.11
5th Emily Proto – Arena 80 – SL – 17.55.39
6th Stephen Denman – B&H City AC – SM – 18.10.55
7th Chris Mallinson – B&H City AC – MV35 – 18.10.96
8th Sean Billing – B&H City AC – MV45 – 18.44.48
9th Camilla Bishop – B&H City AC – FV40 – 19.19.31
10th Steve Scott – B&H City AC – MV50 – 19.19.72
11th Sean Gibson – Unattached – MV50 – 19.25.03
12th Jason Knight – B&H City AC – MV40 – 19.37.01
13th Tom Ulliott – B&H City AC – MV55 – 19.37.22
14th Paul Prosser – B&H City AC – MV45 – 19.57.89
15th David Kemp – Arena 80 – MV55 – 20.02.09
16th John Jones – Unattached – MV35 – 20.04.39
17th Isobel Muir – Arena 80 – FV35 – 20.10.48
18th Gail Nerurkar – B&H City AC – FV45 – 20.42.22
19th Neil Walford – B&H City AC – MV50 – 20.59.78
20th Cathy Ulliott -B&H City AC – FV50 – 21.08.01
21st Claire Rank – B&H City AC – FV35 – 22.18.97
22nd Tom Fallon – B&H City AC – MV60 – 22.54.65

And the race produced some notable UK rankings as follows:

Isobel Muir 27th (V35)

Claire Rank 39th (V35)

Camilla Bishop 17th (V40)

Gail Nerurkar 12th (V45)

Cathy Ulliott 7th (V50)

Gary Christie 34th, Mark Halls 35th (V50)

Tom Ulliott 36th (V55)

Tom Fallon 34th (V60)

Tom also organises social running sessions in Hove every Tuesday and Thursday. These are aimed at middle-ability athletes rather than elites or absolute beginners. Please contact mike@runbrighton.com if you would like more information.


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