Article by BHM
February 27, 2023 at 5:19 pm
Wow, what a day Sunday 26th February 2023 was. Thank you to everyone who came along to this year’s Brighton Half Marathon and Youth Race.
Over 10,000 runners (pre-pandemic levels) turned out for our 33rd race, organised by local HIV charity – The Sussex Beacon. It was a chilly day, but it certainly didn’t put off the runners, or the crowds!
This year’s race was jam-packed with highlights. A world record (with a fridge) was made, people ran for Ukraine, our Youth Race was back, players from University of Sussex Men’s Rugby Club ran for Grassroots Suicide Prevention and we were joined by local GB athlete – Beth Kidger!
The day started off with our Youth Race, (back after three years away) at 9AM down on Hove Lawns. This year’s official charity partner for the Youth Race was Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Hundreds of children and teens aged 7 – 17 turned up to race along a 1-mile stretch and were cheered on by this year’s Youth Race starter – GB athlete Beth Kidger.
Next came the wheelchair race which started at 9.27am on Madeira Drive by Brighton Half mascot Beaky and Allison Ferns from BBC Radio Sussex. By 9:56 all of this year’s runners had set off, including the elites.
In the wheelchair race Gary Cooper of Coventry Godiva Harriers took first place in the men’s race with a time of 01:05:30, his personal best for the Brighton Half. The women’s wheelchair race was won by Ellie Page, also from Coventry Godiva Harriers who finished in 01:25:56.
In the men’s race, Cal Ross of Leeds City AC, took first place with a time of 01:06:37; second place went to Marshall Smith of Ashford AC, who came home in 01:06:41; third place went to Simon Heath of Brighton Phoenix, who finished in 01:07:01.
The women’s race was won by last year’s winner, Charlotte Ragan of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, who finished in 01:18:24, followed by Ruby Whyte-Wilding of Lewes AC in 01:18:30. Third place went to Amy Harris of Brighton Phoenix in 01:19:17.
We can’t not mention that Corporal Sam Hammond, AKA Man Vs. Fridge, who ran the race in aid of SSAFA, went and only set a world record for running with a 26kg fridge on his back in 02:04:13.
Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets of the city, raising money for over 20 charities, including The Sussex Beacon, Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan, Say Apashia, Venkat Memroial Trust, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, Raystede and many more.
Thanks once again to everyone who took part in this year’s event – runners, sponsors, charity partners and volunteers.
Next year’s race will be taking place on Sunday 25th February 2024. Entries will be opening soon!