Wow, what a day! Thousands of runners joined us to run the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2015 today, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the race.
A sea of confetti got the race off to a colourful start to mark the milestone birthday, and thousands of runners from PB chasers to charity runners to half marathon first timers took to the streets to run 13.1 miles around the city’s landmark sights.
In the elite field, Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) took home his third successive title – and broke the course record – shaving four seconds off his winning time in 2014 to finish in a time of 01:05:48. Second place went to Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove Athletics, who in great form finished with a personal best of 01:06:46. Last-minute entrant to the field Kenyan runner Leonard Bett took third in 01:08:19.
In a nail-biting women’s race, 2014 winner Sarah Hill dominated in the early part of the race, but Julia Davis of Mornington Chasers claimed the women’s trophy with a storming finish in 01:18:23. Runner up Hill was hot on her heels in 01:19:15, and Emily Proto of local club Arena 80 came third in a time of 01:19:45.
Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets, raising vital funds for over 50 charities, including local charities Chestnut Tree House, RISE and Rocking Horse and national charities including Laureus, WaterAid and Scope.
Celebrity runners in the race included Gethin Jones for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, while sprightly runner George Frogley celebrated his 80th birthday today, sporting the number race number 80 and running with his daughter.
Our partners for this year’s race included Vitality, Nick Rivett Sport, Russell New, Aftershokz, FlipBelt, Visit Brighton, Brighton & Hove City Council and Studio57 Clinic.
A very big thank you to all of our runners, charities, sponsors and partners for helping to make a great race. See you in 2016!