On Sunday thousands of runners took to the streets for Brighton’s third marathon. Shoreham Port worked closely with the event organisers to prepare the 20 to 23 mile strip of the course, which directed runners along Basin Road South adjacent to the Port’s vast array of terminals. Turning a commercial port into a safe area for thousands of runners is no easy fete and much time was spent preparing the ground and defining the course. A sweeper truck was arranged to clear course and the Port liaised with all of their stakeholders and tenants to coordinate the road closure.
Each year the Port encourages and supports their staff to enter the race. Two Port employees took on the challenge this year, both of whom successfully completed the gruelling race and raised money for their charities of choice.
Shoreham Port had a busy afternoon balancing the frequent leisure craft movements alongside the hundreds of spectators that came to the Port to watch the race. The spectator experience is improving year on year and this will continue to be a focus whilst planning next year’s event. The Port is going to look into other options such as atmospheric music for those waiting at the lock gates.
Julian Seaman, Harbour Master commented “with the help of the marathon organisers and following an extensive clean up, the Port was back in action and ready to start discharging a commercial vessel by 8pm. The Port is committed to supporting community events whilst ensuring excellent service levels are achieved for our valued customers. Thanks go to all staff that helped the event to run so smoothly”.
Next year the Brighton Marathon will take place on 14th April 2013. For more information on the Brighton Marathon please refer to the official website - www.brightonmarathon.co.uk.