Celebrity DJ, Norman Cook (pictured) - better known as Fatboy Slim - will be the official race starter for Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday, 26 March. Not content with simply sounding the hooter at 9am, Brighton's famous resident will join the 12,000 starters expected to line up on Madeira Drive next to the statue of former Olympian, Steve Ovett.
It's A Hoot For Fatboy Slim
Norman Cook is no stranger to the 13.1 mile race around the Sussex seafront city as he has run the race on numerous occasions and last year competed for the charity Young Epilepsy, finishing 4,166th (2:02:32). Cook is a DJ, musician and record producer who has won numerous awards for his work including two Brit Awards and 10 MTV Video Music Awards.
This will be the 27th iteration of Vitality Half Marathon with a record field guaranteed and all general and charity places are sold out. The headline charity is also the main race organiser, Sussex Beacon, a unique centre providing innovative services to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV.
Norman Cook commented: “As a keen runner, Brighton local and seasoned Brighton half marathoner, I’m hugely looking forward to starting the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017. The race is renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and each and every year the crowd support throughout the route is just fantastic”.
Race director of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, Martin Harrigan commented: “We’re thrilled that Norman Cook will sound the klaxon this year to get runners on their way around the city. He’s been a big supporter of the race for years, so it’s brilliant to have him waving runners on for their half marathon journey. We’ll make sure he conserves his energy though, as he’ll be joining the crowds to run the race himself!”
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