A record number of runners gathered on Brighton seafront to celebrate the 25th birthday of the city’s annual half marathon.
From its humble beginnings of just 200 entrants in 1990, the race now boasts 12,500 participants seeking to claim victory over the scenic 13.1 mile route. To mark the quarter-century celebrations, runners were showered by confetti canons as the starter’s pistol was fired.
Paul Martelletti, Run Fast athlete and winner of the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Brighton Half, quickly established his place in the front group. By mile eight Martelletti had pulled away and set about establishing a comfortable lead which he maintained all the way back from Hove to the seafront finish line, taking his third win and setting a new course record of 65:48 – four seconds faster than 2014 and almost a full minute ahead of the second finisher, Brighton & Hove Athletics athlete Kevin Rojas.
Currently in training for the 2015 Manchester Marathon, this is Martelletti’s third half marathon win of the year so far, having already triumphed in Wokingham and Watford. To see more photos from this race visit Team Run-Fast on Pinterest.
There was success for another of Run-Fast’s British team at the Bourton on the Water 10k where 35 year old Rachel Felton took first place in the women’s race and ninth out of 570 overall, an impressive placing at a race with a predominantly male front end.
Rachel will line up alongside Paul Martelleti at the Vitality Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March.