By Frederika Cook
More than 1,500 runners ranging from beginner to elite took to the start line for the inaugural Bright10 run on Hove Lawns.
The first 10-mile race to hit the city started at 9am today (Sunday 18 October) and took runners along the seafront before heading around Old Steine and into Marine Parade.
Once at Brighton Marina, runners then returned and completed the circuit along King’s Road, where some road closures were in force.
Hove driver Elizabeth Hibberd, 39, said: “Any event that raises money for charity is good and anyone that drives around here knows alternate routes anyway.
“I think the seafront looks best when it’s busy with people at an event like this.”
Participants were fortunate to be running on a clear morning, with some cloud coverage.
Kat Day, 34, who came from London, said: “Today was perfect running weather as there was no wind.
“Running by the sea is such a treat for me and Brighton is so beautiful!”
Will Drury, 35, from Crawley, who was running in support of the Olive Tree Trailblazers, said: “Today was my first 10-mile run though I did complete the Brighton Marathon in April. The race today was good until the sun came out.”
Competitors were a mixture of professional athletes aiming to improve on their personal best times and those just wanting to do their best for charity.
Partners of the event were the mental health charity Mind in Brighton and Hove and Canine Partners.
Mind director Sarah Danily, 56, said: “We are so proud to have 24 runners fundraising for Mind and are pleased to have been chosen as a partner charity.
“All day the atmosphere has been relaxed and it is the perfect space to promote positive mental wellbeing to the public.”
The smooth-running of the event was also helped by a large team of volunteers, with 50 members of Hove running club The Run Squad lending a hand.
The club’s organiser Nick Rivett, 36, a sports shop owner, said: “We are so proud to support the first local Brighton 10-mile event and happy to pitch in where we can.
“We have 50 volunteers here today and are enjoying the morning.”
The men’s race winner was Ugandan Ben Siwa with a time of 47 minutes and 4 seconds. The first woman was Kenyan Lenah Jerotich who finished in 55 minutes and 58 seconds. Both won the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 4 October.
One of the race directors Gavin Stephens, 38, said: “We want people to go home and remember this as a most memorable event.
“Our first year couldn’t have gone any better. A big thank you to all of our volunteers from Bear-Patrol, Strutt & Parker, Run Squad, BOSH Run, Select Security and Stewarding Ltd, Canine Partners, Mind in Brighton and Hove and all the individuals assisting on the event.
“We’re expecting it to just keep growing.”
Runners and others wanting to get involved next year will soon be able to register their interest via the Bright10 website at www.bright10.co.uk.