Conditions were close to perfect for racing at the Brooks Brighton 10K after Storm Angus had blown last year's event off course. Taking full advantage of the late autumn sunshine were race winners Jonathan Hopkins (Swansea Harriers) and Rebecca Moore (Chichester Runners) as half the top 100 set personal or season's bests.
The winning times eclipsed those achieved by title holders Stephen Scullion (Aldershot, 31:46) and Emma Macready (Worthing, 35:31) set in 2015 but course records held by Rob Denmark (28:59, 1993) and Louise Damen (33:14, 2010) will remain for another year.
Jonathan Hopkins raced into an early lead he never looked likely to relinquish and he stopped the clock at 29:40 to duck under 30 minutes for the first time in his career. Runners-up were James Westlake (Crawley, 30:57 PB) and 2014 champion Paul Whittaker (Southend, 31:12).
There was a loud cheer for local M40 master Howard Bristow (Brighton, 31:51) who was an outstanding fourth overall to win his age group. The higher age group leaders were M50 Adrian Haines (Crawley, 35:21), M60 David Prince-Isles (Lewes, 40:19) and M70 Barry Waller (Worthing, 44:25).
Rebecca Moore (34:51) was equally dominant in the women's race with 47 seconds in hand over Sarah Johnson (Imperial College, 35:38) and Maisie Trafford (Arena 80, 36:46). The category winners were W35 Sarah Gruber (Invicta, 38:19), W45 Tara Shanahan (Arena 80, 37:45), W55 Harriet Newland (38:02) and W65 Lena Gazzani (Bearbrook, 55:54).
With 210 runners inside 40 minutes and half the field through below 52 minutes this is clearly one of the fastest 10k courses in Britain. The course starts in Madeira Drive and passes Palace Pier, West Pier and the Peace Statue along the Promenade to finish in front of Marine Parade. There were 1,937 official finishers within 1:37:17.
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