There can't be many 10k races in Britain that can boast 30 men’s times inside 30 minutes and more than 20 women’s times under 35 minutes but the Brooks Brighton 10K looks set to add to those impressive stats on Sunday (20 November).
Last year’s winners were Steve Scullion (Aldershot, 31:46) and Emma Macready (Worthing, 35:32) as course records were retained by Rob Denmark (Basildon, 28:59 - 1993) and Louise Damen (Winchester, 33:14 - 2010).
The top marks by Brighton and Hove City athletes belong to Andy Bristow (29:32 - 1992) and Julia Gates (35:02 – 1991). There were 2,742 finishers in 1995 in 1:41:31 but organisers are hoping that changes to the course will result in faster times and record finishers.
The course has always been flat and fast with start and finish on Madeira Drive. The route heads east towards the Marina for 1.5k then west passing the Palace and West piers and on to the Peace Statue (approx 5k) before a final thrash on the promenade to the finish.
As a result of works around West Pier and the new i360 attraction the race will be held entirely on road which means that it will be straighter and faster with no street furniture or pedestrians to be negotiated. These improvements have been implemented to ensure safety for athletes and spectators and also the future of the race, which will hopefully continue to grow on an annual basis.
The race starts at 9:30am and is again sponsored by Brooks Sport. Each year valuable support is provided by the Brighton and Hove Breakfast Rotary Club. This year the club’s fund raising efforts are for the Martlets Hospice in Hove and the Dogs Trust at Shoreham.
Full details at the Brighton 10K website.