Cross country ace Leigh Lattimore made an impressive debut over 13.1 miles on the road when she stormed to victory at the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday (28 February) in a new course record time of 1:15:52, lowering the previous mark by over two minutes. The Harrow AC star finished ahead of Sarah Hill (1:18:22) and Fiona De Mauny (1:22:18).
Leigh and a field of 8,000 had been sent on their way by Olympian and local girl Sally Gunnell who sounded the klaxon amid a sea of confetti then cheered on runners as they passed the start line on Brighton’s famous seafront.
In the men’s elite race, Run-fast's Paul Martelletti stole the show, taking home his fourth successive title, breaking the tape and the course record in a time of 1:04:53. Second place went to Christopher Zablocki (1:08:20), and third to in-form Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove Athletics (1:08:36).
Caroline Hodges was the midpoint runner in 1:57:06 and the field closed on 4:11:01.
Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets of the city, raising vital funds for over 50 charities, including local charities Chestnut Tree House, RISE and The Sussex Beacon and national charities including Laureus, WaterAid and Scope.
Celebrity runners in the race included Norman Cook running for Young Epilepsy and the comedian Joe Wilkinson, running for Amaze. Local ‘hat challenge’ runner Sara Cutting, who won a Point of Light award from the Prime Minister in January for her fundraising achievements, also took to the course, fundraising for Macmillan.
More details of the race at the event website.
Results available at runABC South race listing.