The Regency seaside city of Brighton and Hove will rock to the beat of 40,000 feet as Brighton Marathon Weekend returns, with the flagship 26.2 mile race due off at 9:45am on Sunday (14 April) in Preston Park.
This will be the 10th hosting of Brighton Marathon by the famous Sussex resort and the race has grown to be the eighth largest marathon in Europe. The inaugural race in 2010 was started by legendary Brighton athlete Steve Ovett and 7,427 crossed the finish line. A further 500 young athletes contested the first ever Mini Miles.
This year there is a further expansion to the programme of events to include the popular BM10K with 3,000 taking part. The Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races will see more than 2,500 children racing and the inaugural BM Ride will feature the city's first ever closed road cycling event.
To mark the anniversary of Brighton Marathon all runners who complete their 10th race will be hailed as '10/10' runners and will receive a unique 10/10 medal and T-shirt. Organisers, Grounded Events are predicting that the bespoke event village on the beach will receive 125,000 visitors across the weekend.
This year's BM10K, starting 45 minutes before the marathon, will carry the extra kudos of England Athletics National 10K Championships. With a title up for grabs, the competition will have an extra edge, so expect a sprint finish on Madeira Drive! Leading athletes in BM10K will be offered automatic selection for the Rennes International 10K in October.
Top athletes to watch for in Brighton Marathon this year include Welshman Dan Nash (PB of 2:22:55), who led for 25 miles last year, plus runners of the calibre of James Connor (2:18:26), Paul Navesey (2:23:26) and Andy Coley-Maud (2:30:48).
Defending champion Helen Davies (2:34:11) returns in the women's race and there could be a breakthrough performance from someone like Jill Collett (2:47:38) who was ninth in Dublin Marathon last year.
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