Inaugural Brighton Marathon 2010

Steve Ovett starts the race

The inaugural Brighton Marathon was run today in glorious weather and watched by crowds of approximately 80,000 people. Olympic athlete and Brighton boy Steve Ovett started the race from Preston Park. A whopping 7,500 runners crossed the start line in the first 20 minutes.

The winners

The men’s winner was Mongolian Ser-od Ba-otochir in a time of 2:19:05, and for the women  Joanna Bryce finished in 3:03:16. Ex England footballer Danny Mills, raising funds for ASBAH steamed across the finish line in 2:43:14 in his specially adapted set of wheels.

Our heroes

But the two runners we were most excited about were The Mayor, Councillor Ann Norman and her Mace Bearer, Robert Robertson.  This was a fantastic personal achievement for Ann, who was completely without any previous experience, and had no training for the event. She kept going and was still smiling at she passed the finishing line in a time of 08:39:34. Robert’s time of 04:28:45 was really excellent too, again with no experience or training to speak of. Well done guys – we are all so proud of you.

Comments about this page

  • Well done Ann, so pleased I could see you at the bottom of St James’s St. I then waited at the Pier till 12.45 when I got rather hungry and was sad not to be able to see you there or at the finish. Congratulations. What a hero. hope you recover in time for our Lilac Lark Festival. best wishes

    By Pip Shaw (19/04/2010)
  • As the Mayor’s consort I could not be a more proud person. My wife is a very determined woman but I was concerned about her lack of preparation but when she phoned me from Ovingdean and again from Hove Lawns I knew she would do it. I am sure the whole city is also very proud of her. I am afraid I am lost for further words of admiration, so that’s it for now folks.

    By Ken Norman (21/04/2010)

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