Storm Angus forced the cancellation of today's (Sunday 20 November) Brooks Brighton 10K for the first time in the 33-year history of the race. Billed as the south’s premier 10k with 3,000 entries the decision was announced at 7:15am, just over two hours before the scheduled start on Madeira Drive.
Organisers were left with no alternative when the roads could not be closed and posted this message on social media: “Due to the strong winds meaning that we cannot close the roads along the seafront, we have been advised that the 10k race cannot go ahead - we are very sorry to have to make this announcement but feel it is safer for all and we had no option.”
Ironically, the following message was also posted by officials on their Facebook race page on 3 October: “Everything crossed for better weather this year - ie. no chasing portaloos and marquees across the seafront in 55mph winds at 5:30am on a Sunday morning!”
With Storm Angus building to gusts of 97mph overnight and heavier than expected rainfall, a Met Office amber weather warning and 27 flood warnings were in place and the erection of marquees and toilets could not be completed.
This year the course had been moved entirely onto the road to improve safety and expand the race. Sadly, that decision was crucial in the cancellation although it is doubtful whether the race could have gone ahead anyway.
The vast majority of runners who posted comments on Facebook praised the organisers for their hard work and were supportive of both the decision and actions taken to inform everyone.
Last year’s winners, in very wet and windy conditions, were Steve Scullion (Aldershot, 31:46) and Emma Macready (Worthing, 35:32) but course records are by Rob Denmark (Basildon, 28:59) and Louise Damen (Winchester, 33:14).
Full details at the Brooks Brighton 10K website.