Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Brighton Marathon breaks its own records

by Jian Farhoumand.

Photographs by Jian Farhoumand

This year's Brighton Marathon broke many of its own records.

Firstly, the race on 6th April drew a record number of contestants, peaking at 8,670 on the Preston Park start line with over 8,000 reaching the Madeira Drive finish line on Kemp Town seafront.

Secondly, the race drew a record number of supporters, with literally tens of thousands flocking to the seafront and lining the route to support their friends and families and cheer on their favourite athletes.

Thirdly, many of the runners were raising money for charity and it's estimated that over 400 various charities were sponsored for this year's race including Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, WWF and the NSPCC.

Fourthly, the race saw its own previous PB beaten by eventual champion William Chebor. Kenyan athlete Chebor crossed the finish line in a blistering 2hrs:9mins:25secs.

His time might have been even faster had he not stopped at the seven-mile mark to tie a shoelace.

Founded in 2010, the Brighton Marathon has gone from strength to strength each year and this was the fifth consecutive year that the race saw its previous record broken by its incumbent winner.

Special mention must also go to Dominic Kangor – a fellow Kenyan runner and last year's champion – who pushed Chebor throughout and reached the finish line only eleven seconds behind him.

Kangor beat his own winning time from last year of 2:10:46 with a new PB of 2:09:36, but was still not quite fast enough to catch Chebor over the 26.2 mile (42.2km) race.

"I didn't expect to win," said Chebor. "It was at the 37km mark that I managed to break away from Dominic. It was very competitive."

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