County news: Organisers hail ‘superb’ city marathon as ‘glorious celebration’ of running

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell
Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell
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Organisers of the Brighton marathon lauded the ‘superb’ event as a ‘glorious celebration’ of running in the city (Sunday, April 17).

Duncan Maiyo overcame a tightening left hamstring to retain the men’s title at the 2016 Brighton Marathon.

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

While Grace Momanyi made it a Kenyan double as she claimed the women’s crown with her first ever marathon victory at the IAAF Bronze Label Race.

Adam Hickey broke the men’s course record to win the BM10k, the domestic 10 kilometre curtain-raiser to the main race, and Gemma Steel was an easy winner of the women’s title in 34:11.

The marathon may have been run in under blue skies, but the weekend action started in hail, wind and rain on Saturday with the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races when 2,500 young people raced around Preston Park.

“This has been a superb Brighton Marathon Weekend,” said event director Tom Naylor.

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

“We had a personal best for defending champion Duncan Maiyo, a course record for Adam Hickey in the BM10k and a record field as the Brighton and Hove public turned out in their thousands to cheer on all of our runners. Every one of them is a #BrightonHero.

“Even the awful weather on Saturday couldn’t dampen the festival spirit and today has been a glorious celebration of running in the city.”

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Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Brighton Marathon 2016. Photo by Eddie Mitchell