The 35th Brighton 10K certainly packed a punch yesterday morning (Sunday 18 November). Conditions were perfect, the race incorporated a Southern Inter-Counties Championships for the first time and just under 2,000 runners packed the promenade for around two hours in a colourful spectacle.
The super flat course, starting and finishing on Madeira Drive, has an elevation gain of just six metres and as long as the weather is kind – unlike in 2016 when the race had to be cancelled due to strong winds – there is every prospect of a personal best.
The most illustrious competitor in the race was the only British female to have won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles in her event, as well as breaking the world record. Sally Bigg, MBE is better known as 400m hurdler Sally Gunnell, who won an Olympic gold medal in Barcelona 1992 and set her world record (52.74) winning gold in the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart.
Showing she has maintained a superb level of fitness, Sally ran a chip time of 47:34 to finish inside the top 750 overall and 25th W45 master – impressive figures for someone competing at 25 times their best distance!
Taking full advantage of the favourable conditions were the top three men and women. Adam Clarke (Aldershot, 30:24) ran his season's best to win from local race favourite Ross Skelton (Brighton Phoenix, 30:44) and Jonathon Roberts (Southampton, 30:47 PB).
Equally impressive were the leading ladies. There was a resounding cheer for Brighton Phoenix athlete Beth Kidger (34:30 PB) as she took the 2018 title from Liz Davies (Springfield Striders, 35:11 PB) and Victoria Pritchard (Shaftesbury Barnet, 35:39).
Race director Keith Donno said: “We had around two-and-a-half thousand people sign up for this year’s race and a huge amount of those are repeat entries, so we must be doing something right. People get to come to Brighton for the day, we usually get good weather and it’s a nice, flat course so runners can really push for new personal best times.”
There were 1,974 official finishers in 1:42:29 and the mid-point runners crossed the line inside 53 minutes. The full results are available at runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy Dominc Alves (Flckr)