Thousands of runners hit the streets of Brighton and Hove on Sunday (22 February) for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the race. A sea of confetti got the race off to a vibrant start to mark the event’s milestone birthday, and thousands of runners travelled 13.1 miles around the city’s landmark sights.
Organised by The Sussex Beacon, the 2015 race field was the largest in the event’s history, with many local, national and international runners in the race.
In the elite field, Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) took home his third successive title – and broke the course record – shaving four seconds off his winning time in 2014 to finish in 1:05:48. Second place went to Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove Athletics, who finished with a personal best of 1:06:46. Last-minute entrant to the field Kenyan runner Leonard Bett took third in 1:08:19.
In a nail-biting women’s race, 2014 winner Sarah Hill dominated in the early part of the race, but Julia Davis of Mornington Chasers claimed the trophy with a storming finish in 1:18:23. Runner-up Hill was hot on her heels in 01:19:15, and Emily Proto of local club Arena 80 came third in a time of 01:19:45.
Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets, raising vital funds for over 50 charities, including local charities Chestnut Tree House, RISE and Rocking Horse and national charities including Laureus, WaterAid and Scope.
After the event, race director Martin Harrigan commented: “It’s been a brilliant day for running in Brighton today and the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2015 has been a huge success. Congratulations to Paul and Julia, to our amazing Youth Race runners and to every runner who laced up their running shoes this morning to join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary race."