Thousand take part in Brighton Half Marathon

Posted On 17 Feb 2013 at 11:42 am

The first runners have made it home the Brighton Half Marathon which started at 9am today (Sunday 17 February).

Paul Martelletti, a 33-year-old London runner from New Zealand, won the race in 1 hour 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

The first woman home was Emma Taylor-Gooby, 32, from Worthing, who set a personal best in 1 hour 18 minutes and 6 seconds.

More than 10,000 runners entered the race and more than 8,000 were believed to have started in Madeira Drive where the finishing line is as well.

Thousands lined the streets along the route which sticks mostly to the seafront.

The half marathon, which is in its 23rd year, is the primary fundraiser for the Sussex Beacon, which cares for men and women with HIV.

The runners follow a route from Madeira Drive to the Old Steine, past the Royal Pavilion and up to St Peter’s Church.

At Gloucester Place the runners head south down Grand Parade and the Old Steine then turn left along Marine Parade.

The race then heads out towards St Dunstan’s in with the turn back towards Brighton at the Greenways roundabout.

It follows the seafront road to Hove Lagoon before returning along the promenade until the Peace Statue on the border of Brighton and Hove.

The final stretch is along the seafront road to the finish line in Madeira Drive.

The organisers said that some streets would be closed for a limited time. They are

  • Madeira Drive from 4am to 4pm
  • Old Steine, Marlborough Place, Gloucester Place, Grand Parade and Pavilion Parade from 8.30am to 10am
  • Marine Parade and Marine Drive from 8.30am to 11.15am
  • Kings Road and Kingsway (westbound lane only) from 8.30am to noon

All the road closures are staffed by event stewards and in places by Sussex Police.

Traffic may be affected in neighbouring roads.


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