Thousands raise millions for charity running Brighton Marathon

Posted On 17 Apr 2016 at 4:21 pm
Brighton Marathon runners make their way along York Place. Picture by Thomas Rush

Brighton Marathon runners make their way along York Place. Picture by Thomas Rush

Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on runners in the Brighton Marathon.

The 26-mile course saw more than 11,000 competitors hit the road for charities today.

It was a double win for Kenya as elite runners Duncan Maiyo and Grace Momanyi crossed the line in 2:09:54 and 2:34:16, respectively.

See all our pictures and videos on the Brighton Marathon Live story.

Thomas Roach was the first charity runner to reach the finishing line, after starting the race at Withdean Park with the women’s elite runners.

He vowed to run as fast as possible for Sussex Wildlife Trust and completed the course in two hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds.

One supporter made sure Mr Roach reached his £750 target once he crossed the line.

“Tubby’s” message on their donation said: “Just seen your time and placing from today Thomas. Definitely worthy of a donation to get you over your target total.“

During a weekend of events, including mini-mile races for children on Saturday, 16 April and the shorter BM10K on Sunday, 17 April, runners have raised more than £35million for charities.

Brighton Marathon Runners make their way along Preston Road. Picture by Becky Snowden.

Brighton Marathon Runners make their way along Preston Road. Picture by Becky Snowden.

See the day unfold on our live post with videos and photographs taken throughout the morning and early afternoon from our reporting team Brighton Journalist Works NCTJ students Isabella Cipirska, Thomas Rush, Becky Snowden and Frances Solomon.

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