Presenter and broadcaster, Zoe Ball, will be sending over 10,000 runners on their way when she starts the Brighton Marathon on Sunday (17 April). Zoe, a Brighton and Hove resident, will be representing the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association at Brighton.
Tom Naylor, Brighton Marathon race director said, “Zoe and her family are well-known Brighton residents and fantastic ambassadors for the City. We’re delighted she will be starting the race for us and adding to the excitement at the start.”
The seventh edition of the race is set to be the best yet with both defending champions from Kenya determined to retain their titles. Duncan Maiyo, aged 30, set his personal best (2:10:15) at Brighton last year and Pennina Wanjiru, aged 31, also set her best (2:34:25) as she crossed the line in 2015.
Neither title holder will have an easy race as the elite fields include John Kemboi (Kenya, 2:08:56) and Asnakech Mengistu (Ethiopia, 2:25:50). The course records of 2:09:25 by William Chebor and 2:28:50 by Eunice Kales are clearly vulnerable with $24,000 total prize money and $30,000 in time bonuses on offer.
Most of Britain’s leading marathoners will be saving their best for the streets of London one week later but the BM 10K could well feature lucrative course record attempts by the defending men’s champion Jonny Taylor (Morpeth Harriers) and Gemma Steel (Charnwood).
The full weekend programme includes the marathon expo, BM 10K, Cancer Research Kids & Teens Mini-Mile races and the American Express Healthy Living Seminar with advice from top athletes Jo Pavey, Nick Anderson, Mike Gratton and race founder Tim Hutchings