On 28th February, thousands of runners headed to Brighton for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon. Former GB athlete and Sussex local, Sally Gunnell OBE, sounded the starting klaxon to get the runners on their way around the seaside city and a sea of confetti got the race off to a colourful start.
The event is popular with charity runners through to seasoned half marathoners and the 2016 race field was the largest in the event’s history, with many local, national and international runners taking part.
In the men’s elite race, Paul Martelletti stole the show, taking home his fourth successive title and breaking the course record to finish in a time of 01:04:53.
In the women’s elite race, Leigh Lattimore, a seasoned 5,000m and 10,000m XC runner, showed a storming finish in her first ever half marathon, finishing in a time of 1:15:52, breaking the course record by over two minutes.
Now in its 26th year, the much-loved race is organised by The Sussex Beacon, a Brighton-based charity which provides a range of services for men, women and families living with or affected by HIV across Sussex. 2017 registrations will be opening soon.