The UK's most exciting new major race was back this year running through Shoreham Port. Around 100,000 spectators and up to 15,000 runners turned out in the glorious sunshine for the second Brighton Marathon.
The 20 to 23 mile section of the course directed runners along Basin Road South in Shoreham Port. Much preparation went into ensuring this stretch was safe, fun and memorable, including moving approximately 1,000 cubic metres of timber to free up space for the runners! One way systems were introduced to control the flow of spectators, music and entertainment was put in place and the port's impressive cranes were set up across the course.
The port's Deputy Harbour Master, Will Barker and Forwarding & Distribution Manager, Kevin Taylor put themselves through their paces to complete the 26 mile course. Will Barker ran the race in support of the Sussex MS Treatment Centre and said "the support from the spectators and the runners with me was marvellous. I found it very challenging but immensely enjoyable". Kevin Taylor took on the challenge with his daughter Amy and managed to raise a staggering £1,400 for the Samaritans charity. Kevin said, "to start with I found it very hard going but I was determined to take part in the race as a runner and raise money for The Samaritans. I'm very grateful for the great support shown to me by colleagues and friends."
Marathon organisers have revealed they plan to make next year's race even bigger, by increasing the number of runners to 20,000. If you would like to be involved in the 2012 Brighton Marathon on 15th April next year please visit the Brighton Marathon Website and register your details - www.brightonmarathon.co.uk