BRIGHTON CELEBRATES IN STYLE WITH NEW COURSE RECORDS
There were new course records to celebrate at the third Brighton Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label race, as Kenya’s Peter Some lopped over four minutes off the old benchmark with 2:12:03.
Second was Dominic Pius Ondoro, Kenya, just nine seconds in arrears and with a personal best by over two minutes.
Commonwealth champion, John Kelai, also of Kenya, was a detached third in 2:12:43 while the inaugural Brighton champion, Mongolia’s Serod Batochir, also finished inside the old record with 2:13:01.
Meanwhile Belarus’s Sviatlana Kouhan slashed five minutes off the previous women’s best with 2:29:37.
It was an impressive display by the Belorussian who ran almost the whole of the second half of the race on her own.
Kenyan Chepkirui crossed the line second in 2:33:55, another PB, but was unwell and unable to speak to the press.
Third was Britain’s Holly Rush in 2:41:22, well outside her best: “I am very disappointed with my form,” she said. “I was going to pull out at 11km, I felt unwell, but I decided to carry on, but then my pacer felt bad as well. This was not my day.”
The leaders went through the half way mark by the Grand Hotel on the sea front in 65:49, at just under 5min mile pace while the women went past in 73:38.
At mile 24 it was down to two as Some and Pius Ondoro finally broke clear from the Commonwealth champion and Mongolian.
With just over a mile to go, Some put in his final effort to create the all important gap. The first Sussex runner home was James Baker of Chichester in ninth with a 2:30:30 personal best, while the first local woman was Kim Lo of Haywards Heath, seventh in 3:09:44, a personal best by no less than 15mins.