More than 10,000 people participated in Brighton Marathon and BM10K, first launched in 2010. More than 7,000 people finished the iconic Brighton Marathon at a brand-new Finish Line at Hove Gardens, cheered on by huge crowds lining the 26.2-mile route.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Brighton Marathon Weekend, said: “When London Marathon Events took on the Brighton Marathon Weekend, we knew it was a special set of events, but today has surpassed our expectations. The Brighton Marathon and BM10K truly celebrate activity and this incredible city of Brighton.
“To see so many people on the streets and at our new finish area at Hove Lawns, cheering on thousands of participants throughout the day, many of them raising crucial funds for charities, has been a special experience. We are already looking forward to how we can build on this and make the Brighton Marathon Weekend even more spectacular in future years.”
The first person across the line at the 2023 Brighton Marathon was 22-year-old Marshall Smith from Ashford AC, making his marathon debut, who finished more than 12 minutes ahead of the field in a time of 2:24:07.
Smith said: “When I started thinking about doing my first marathon, I decided it had to be in Brighton, and I’m glad I made that decision. The crowd was absolutely electric all the way around the course, and they really got me through. In fact, it seemed the further into the race I got, the louder the cheers got. It was everything I thought the Brighton Marathon would be and more.”
The women’s winner was Helen Reid (2:55:11), who commented: “It was a total surprise. I had a little injury coming into today so I was not expecting this. It was a great event with fantastic support.”
1 Helen REID 02:55:11
2 Lucy BARNES 02:56:10
3 Fay HUGHES 02:56:42
1 Marshall SMITH 02:24:07
2 Barney REED 02:36:16
3 Axel FINKE 02:36:44
A total of 130 charities had placed in the event, which was organized by London Marathon Events (LME) for the first time after the world-leading mass participation events company took over the Brighton Marathon Weekend last December, ensuring the events could go ahead.
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