Five thousand runners complete Brighton Half Marathon

Posted On 21 Feb 2011 at 1:16 am

More than 5,000 runners took part in the Brighton Half Marathon yesterday (Sunday 20 February).

And a team of 250 volunteer helped ensure that everything ran smoothly.

The race is the main annual fundraising event for the Sussex Beacon, the Brighton charity which cares for people with HIV and AIDS.

St Dunstan’s home for blind ex-servicemen, with its landmark building in Ovingdean, and Water Aid were among other charities to benefit.

The race organisers recorded 5,504 finishers, with David Wardle, an Essex club runner, finishing first in 1 hour 6 minutes and 22 seconds.

See the full results by clicking here.

The 13 miles of the course are mostly flat. The runners took in Old Steine and Grand Parade and ran along the seafront from Roedean in the east to Hove Lagoon close to the Portslade boundary in the west.

Thousands lined the streets of Brighton and Hove – especially near the start and finish in Madeira Drive – to watch the race, which is in its 21st year.

The organisers are hoping that the runners will raise even more than the £82,000 total from last year.

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