Leading Japanese runner Tomoyuki Morita will become the first from the land of the rising sun to race the Brighton Marathon at this weekend’s major event.
The fifth edition of the race, now established as the UK’s second biggest marathon to London, will see Morita join a quality line-up as Sunday's event welcomes its most outstanding men’s elite field to date. With a personal best of 2:09:12, Morita is the second fastest in a race that features four men who have run faster than the course record of 2:10:46.
Kenya’s William Chebor, 31, heads the line-up. He clocked 2:08:21 in Turin three years ago and comes to Brighton off the back of his most recent win in Jakarta last October. Morita, 29, who set his lifetime best at Lake Biwa in 2012, will also clash with course record holder, Dominic Kangor of Kenya. Morita’s half marathon best of 61:55 stems from Marugame 2012.