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Almost 8,000 runners brave the cold to run Brighton Half

by editor
Monday 26th February 2018
Close to 8,000 runners turned out to run The Grand Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 25th February, embracing the cold weather to run 13.1 miles around the city under incredible blue skies.
The Mayor of Brighton and Hove Councillor Mo Marsh sounded the starting klaxon to get the runners on their journey around the city’s sights, which includes The Royal Pavilion, the British Airways i360 and Brighton Palace Pier.
Now in its 28th year, the much-loved race revealed new colours and branding for 2018, reflecting the colours and style of new headline sponsor The Grand Brighton. 
Thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer on the runners, and crowds were entertained with music, bands and stilt walkers along the course, plus special ‘keep warm’ sessions hosted by PureGym.
In the main race, the field featured hundreds of runners new to the half marathon distance, plus experienced half marathoners and runners training for a full Spring marathon. 
The men’s elite race featured a podium of ‘Pauls’, with Irish international marathon runner Paul Pollock taking first place in 66:57, followed by four times race winner Paul Martelletti in 68:16, and Paul Whittaker in 68:34. Front runner Pollock ran in the marathon event in the Rio Olympics and will soon be heading to the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April. 
In the women’s race, local girls reigned, with Izzy Coomber from Lewes AC storming home in 79 minutes, Farnham Runners’ Sarah Bradbury taking second place in 79:47 and Emily Proto from Arena 80 following in a time of 81:27.
The Sussex Beacon Wheelchair Race also returned after its inaugural race in 2017, with four entrants from around the UK racing. Rob Smith took first place in a time of 69:10, while Gary Cooper came second in a time of 74:39. 
Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets of the city, raising vital funds for over 35 charities, including local charities The Sussex Beacon, RISE and Chestnut Tree House, and national charities including Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan.
The race is organised by The Sussex Beacon, a Brighton-based charity which provides a range of services for men, women and families living with or affected by HIV across Sussex.
Race director Martin Harrigan commented:
“The race was a fantastic success, with thousands of runners taking on the challenge of running 13.1 miles through the city and great crowd support along the route. It’s been absolutely brilliant to have a new headline sponsor for the race this year – The Grand Brighton – and it’s wonderful to have such an iconic Brighton brand be part of the event. 
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part – the runners, our sponsors and charity partners and all the volunteers behind the scenes who make Brighton Half such an amazing community event.”

Andrew Mosley, general manager at The Grand Brighton commented: 
“The Grand Brighton Half Marathon is such a fantastic event every year and it was brilliant to enjoy this year’s race as the headline sponsor. It’s always a joy to see our beloved Brighton community come together and raise funds that make a real difference to such a lot of people.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with The Sussex Beacon and all the race partners and we are all dedicated to developing the race throughout the next two years as headline sponsors. Well done to all that took part.”
Go to www.brightonhalfmarathon.com for more on the race, join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/BrightonHalfMarathon and follow @BrightonHalf on Twitter.

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