The Inaugural Brighton Marathon attracted 7,589 runners who took 20 minutes to cross the start line.  Amongst them were the 50 runners who should have been in Boston on Monday and Vienna on Sunday.  Brighton Race Director Tim Hutchings decided to accept these late requests owing to the unusual circumstances of the Europe-wide ban on flights due to the volcanic ash in Iceland, between flights and affecting marathons abroad.


The temperature at the race start was a chilly 5C, warming to 15C at midday, but much warmer in the bright sunshine and cloudless sky, giving perfect running conditions for the thousands lining the route. In all, 7,426 participants finished the race.


The start was in Preston Park on a route that highlighted the seaside city’s best features. Described as flat and fast, with some undulations, most of the race followed the waterfront, with turning points at the power station and Rottingdean. Runners twice passed the picturesque Royal Pavilion and finished in Madeira Drive, near the famous Brighton Pier.


Mongolian Ser-od Ba-otochir claimed the inaugural Brighton Marathon title in 2:19:05; Second was Medway’s Michael Coleman in a time of 2:24:54 and local boy Chris Thomson of Brighton and Hove AC came third in 2:29:54.

 

 

The women’s winner was Jo Bryce, 43, of Burgess Hill in a time of 3:05:20, followed by Brighton’s Cathy Ulliot (vet 45-49) in 3:05:42 slotting in as 11th fastest in the country in 2010. Polly Mosely was third in 3:11:58.


At 2:10pm on Monday afternoon Matthew Rhodes broke the tape to emotional scenes to finish his own personal Brighton Marathon; almost 24 hours after the main race finished. 

 

Rhodes, 35, is partially sighted and was also paralysed down the right side of his body in a motorbike accident, was accompanied over the second half of

the marathon by a police escort and five RAF policemen from the South Downs Branch. At the finish he was presented with a cheque for £500 by running club Arena80 and a cheque for £425 by the RAF. The money goes to Rhodes’ charity, St Dunstans and Guide Dogs.

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