A record number of participants, another massive spectator turnout and new course records were the highlights of the fourth edition of the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 14th April 2013.
Kenyan runners Dominic Kangor and Eunice Kales became the new Brighton Marathon champions, both setting course records for the distance.
Kangor, in his first race outside East Africa, won the men’s race in 2:10:46, while Eunice Kales competing in her debut marathon won in a time of 2:28:50, running the second half more than a minute faster than the first.
British runners Alyson Dixon and Jon Pepper also recorded personal bests. Dixon improved her lifetime best by more than three and a half minutes, finishing second behind Kales in a time of 2:31:10. Pepper, a member of the Brighton Phoenix running club, ran 2:20:30 seconds in his second marathon, an improvement of 78 seconds.
The excellent results mean that the Brighton Marathon has established itself as the second best event in the UK and an impressive 11th in Europe as the spring marathon season comes to a close.
The race enjoyed coverage on the giant screens in operation on Grand Avenue, at the Finish and in the Beach Village. As in previous years, tens of thousands of spectators lined the streets of Brighton and Hove to support the runners, as the early-morning wind and cloud gave way to bright sunshine at lunchtime when the mass of participants started arriving back at the finish in Madeira Drive.
Earlier in the day record numbers of around 2000 Mini Mile participants contested a series of 12 races over the last mile of the marathon course, cheered on by British international StephTwell who also acted as race starter.