Weather conditions were challenging at the second Brighton and Hove 10 mile race on Sunday (16 October), with strong winds and heavy rain hampering preparations and holding down finishing times. However, that did not dampen the spirits of 1,800 runners who made a colourful sight on a miserable morning in the Sussex coastal resort.
Conditions improved once the Mayor of Brighton and Hove had set the Bright10 competitors on their way on the normally fast course that passes Brighton Marina and Brighton Pier, finishing with a circuit of attractive Hove Lawns.
Last year’s winners were Ben Siwa in 47:04 and Lenah Jerotich (55:58). That quality was not approached this year but the effort of England international 100k runner, Paul Navesey (Crawley, 53:10), was rewarded with an unlikely personal best.
Navesey was chased home by club-mate James Westlake (53:47) and Ben Savill (Croydon/Sussex University, 54:48). Just the top 20 men ducked under the hour in the difficult conditions.
The women’s race went to Emma Macready (Worthing, 60:52) from the closely matched Emily Proto (Arena 80, 63:41) and Sue Fry (Hailsham, 63:59). Around 900 runners were through the finish inside 90 minutes and the final time recorded was 2:34:50.
Organisers posted their thanks on Facebook: “After a few days of reflection, we'd like to extend a huge thanks to everyone that supported the 2016 Bright10. Whether you ran or volunteered, everyone pulled together to overcome the challenging conditions and we're happy that so many still managed to smile at the end”.
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