2018 finishers' medal
|Location||Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom|
|Course records||Men: 2:09:25 (William Chebor, 2014)|
Women: 2:28:50 (Eunice Kales, 2013)
The Brighton Marathon is a long-distance running event held annually in Brighton and Hove, England. The event was first run on 18 April 2010 and has usually been held in April every year since. The inaugural Brighton Marathon was set up by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and local athlete Tom Naylor.
The first running of the race took place on 18 April 2010. The race opened to 12,000 entries, with 7,589 participating on race day. The course start line was at Preston Park. The route took in some of the sights of central Brighton before heading East towards Rottingdean. The race then headed west out to and around Hove, before returning on the seafront and finishing on Madeira Drive, close to Brighton Pier.
In Year 2 (April 2011), over 8,000 runners took part with spectator numbers estimated at around 120,000. The race has acquired the status of “Britain’s No. 2 marathon” for its profile in the national running arena, for its standard of race organisation and for the publicity generated by the event. More than two hundred charities had runners in the 2011 event and this demand has led to an increase from 3,000 to 5,000 in the number of places being offered to charities in 2012.
The 2012 event saw a 20% increase on entries to an acceptance of 18,000, putting it in the top 12 running events in the UK. In September 2011, The Brighton Marathon was granted coveted Bronze Medal status by the World governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The 2020 event was initially postponed to 20 September 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was later announced that the marathon would be presented in a "unique and revised format ... on the roads in Brighton & Hove" that would comply with coronavirus regulations, such as social distancing, on an undetermined date that autumn.
The first Men's Elite Race in 2010 was won by Mongolian runner Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od with a time of 2:19:05. Between 2011 and 2014, the Men's Elite Race course record was broken consecutively by Kenyans Philemon Boit, Peter Kimeli Some, Dominic Kangor and William Chebor. In 2014, Chebor set the current record with a time of 2:09:25. Kenyan Duncan Maiyo is the most successful athlete with back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016. In both races, he was less than a minute over the course record. In 2017, Stuart Hawkes became the first English winner and first European winner in the Men's Elite Race with a time of 2:27:36.
The first Women's Elite Race, also in 2010, was won by Briton Joanna Bryce in 3:05:20. The course record was broken for three consecutive years by Alyson Dixon, Sviatlana Kouhan and Eunice Kales. Kouhan became the first non-British winner with a time of 2:41:22 in 2012, and Kales became the first non-European winner in 2013 with a time of 2:28:50 – the current course record. Alice Milgo, Pennina Wanjiru and Grace Momanyi all continued the success for Kenya in the following years, while Lishan Dula became the first Asian athlete to finish in the top three with her second-place finish in 2015. Helen Davies became the first Briton to win in six years with a time of 2:42:40 in 2017, and he retained the win in 2018 with an improved time of 2:38:41.
Elite race winners
|2010||Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od||Mongolia||2:19:05||Michael Coleman||United Kingdom||2:24:38||Christopher Thomson||United Kingdom||2:29:54||Course record|
|2011||Philemon Boit||Kenya||2:16:07||Richard Rotich||Kenya||2:16:32||Anbessy Tolossa||Ethiopia||2:16:54||Course record|
|2012||Peter Kimeli Some||Kenya||2:12:03||Dominic Pius Ondoro||Kenya||2:12:10||John Kelai||Kenya||2:12:44||Course record|
|2013||Dominic Kangor||Kenya||2:10:46||Bernard Rotich||Kenya||2:10:51||Robert Mwangi||Kenya||2:11:26||Course record|
|2014||William Chebor||Kenya||2:09:25||Dominic Kangor||Kenya||2:09:36||Wilfred Murgor||Kenya||2:12:17||Course record|
|2015||Duncan Maiyo||Kenya||2:10:15||Dominic Kangor||Kenya||2:11:52||Mutai Kipkemei||Kenya||2:14:41|
|2016||Duncan Maiyo||Kenya||2:09:51||Raymond Chemungor||Kenya||2:10:50||Edwin Kiptoo||Kenya||2:11:23|
|2017||Stuart Hawkes||United Kingdom||2:27:36||Ollie Garrod||United Kingdom||2:31:32||Jon Pepper||United Kingdom||2:31:56|
|2018||Stuart Hawkes||United Kingdom||2:22:33||Dan Nash||United Kingdom||2:22:55||Kevin Rojas||United Kingdom||2:23:54|
|2019||Peter Le Grice||United Kingdom||2:16:23||Paul Navesey||United Kingdom||2:18:17||Ian Leitch||United Kingdom||2:18:34|
|2010||Joanna Bryce||United Kingdom||3:05:20||Cathy Ulliott||United Kingdom||3:05:42||Louisa Ruderman||United Kingdom||3:13:50||Course record|
|2011||Alyson Dixon||United Kingdom||2:34:51||Lucy Macalister||United Kingdom||2:40:35||Julie Briscoe||United Kingdom||2:41:09||Course record|
|2012||Sviatlana Kouhan||Belarus||2:29:37||Irene Chepkirui||Kenya||2:33:55||Holly Rush||United Kingdom||2:41:22||Course record|
|2013||Eunice Kales||Kenya||2:28:50||Alyson Dixon||United Kingdom||2:31:10||Frashiah Waithaka||Kenya||2:33:31||Course record|
|2014||Alice Milgo||Kenya||2:35:33||Selam Abere||Ethiopia||2:36:37||Rebecca Robinson||United Kingdom||2:37:41|
|2015||Pennina Wanjiru||Kenya||2:34:25||Lishan Dula||Bahrain||2:34:55||Eunice Kales||Kenya||2:53:50|
|2016||Grace Momanyi||Kenya||2:34:11||Asnakech Mengistu||Ethiopia||2:35:37||Peninah Wanjiru||Kenya||2:43:32|
|2017||Helen Davies||United Kingdom||2:42:40||Hayley Munn||United Kingdom||2:46:00||Helen Buller||United Kingdom||2:51:22|
|2018||Helen Davies||United Kingdom||2:38:41||Sarah Webster||United Kingdom||2:49:02||Sara Bird||United Kingdom||2:52:21|
|2019||Helen Davies||United Kingdom||2:34:08||Jill Collett||United Kingdom||2:48:16||Johanna O'Regan||United Kingdom||2:49:41|
23-year-old Sam Harper Brighouse died during the 2013 race after collapsing in Grand Avenue and being taken to hospital. The inquest ruled he died of bowel ischemia and a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage, brought on by an idiosyncratic reaction to hyperthermia, dehydration, endurance exertion, hyperosmolar sports supplements and ibuprofen. The coroner stated Harper Brighouse's preparations for the race were appropriate.
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