Record crowds watch Brighton Half Marathon

Besi Besemar February 18, 2013


This years 23rd Brighton Half Marathon was run in perfect weather conditions on Sunday February 17 and saw a record number of runners crossing the finish line. Blue skies, warm temperatures and brilliant sunshine brought huge crowds out to show their support for the runners.

Paul Martelletti from Victoria Park Harriers dominated the men’s field and came first in a gun time of 01:07:30, nearly a minute ahead of runner up Tom Aldred from London Heathside Runners. Ian Leitch from Phoenix AC took third place in 01:08:32.


The Brighton Half Marathon was Emma Taylor-Gooby’s (Worthing and District Harriers) first half marathon race and she not only took the women’s title but also broke the course record after crossing the finish line in a time of 01:18:06. Sarah Hill of Farnham Runners came second in 01:19:23 ahead of Kate Mapham from Ful-On Tri in 01:21:27.

The 1 mile Youth Races saw 383 young runners take part, divided into 4 age categories (7-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 years) with Benedict Pugh (Y15-17) taking the overall male title in 00:05:12 and Nancy Jones (Y13-14) from Brighton and Hove AC the first female to cross the finish line in 00:05:36.

Some famous faces spotted in the running crowds included Albion legend Guy Butters, Danny Price who ran in jeans for Genes Charity and actor Ed Speleers.

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A spokesperson for the Sussex Beacon, said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors, partners, supporters, volunteers and everyone who took part and contributed to the success of the 2013 race, which was the best ever”.

Charity fundraising is a key part of the Brighton Half Marathon, which is organised by and the main fundraiser for  The Sussex Beacon.

WaterAid, RISE and Have a Heart were the official charities of the 2013 race whilst associated charities included Macmillan, Teenage Cancer Trust, Rockinghorse, Shelter, Brighton Housing Trust, Family Helpline, Blind Veterans UK, Amaze, The CAIRN Trust, Chestnut Tree House, HEART UK, British Paralympic Association, CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease), Grace Eyre, The National Brain Appeal, TB Alert, Young Epilepsy, Hamilton Lodge and The Lily Foundation.

Mayor of Brighton & Hove and Sussex Beacon CEO, Simon Dowe present the male race winners
Mayor of Brighton & Hove and Sussex Beacon CEO, Simon Dowe present the male race winners

Partners of the Brighton Half Marathon 2013 included Brooks, Sweatshop, Garmin, Lucozade, The Seattle Hotel, Visit Brighton, Brighton & Hove City Council, Studio57 Clinic, Heart FM, The Argus, Brighton Active, Women’s Running, Men’s Running and Virgin Money Giving.

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