The Brighton Marathon and BM10k elite races have once again attracted some of the best runners the UK has to offer. The domestic fields look set to give spectators closely fought, truly competitive races with the possibility of course records in the BM10k.
Tom Naylor, Event Director said: “We gave our British field pride of place in last year’s races which was a huge hit with spectators. We’re showcasing the best of British again this year and looking forward to some tightly contested races. It’s great to see some local runners in contention and we hope everyone will come out and support them. With the right conditions, we could well be looking at some new personal bests for these athletes which would be fantastic for British running.”
With a new start time of 9.45am, the Brighton Marathon will likely see fast racing from several closely matched athletes, both defending champions and debutantes alike. All eyes are sure to be on local runner Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove AC in the men’s race who is back to form after pulling out before last year’s race due to illness. Up against him, Stuart Hawkes of Tipton, last year’s impressive winner of the men’s marathon, will be defending his title against other stiff competition as will Helen Davies of the Ipswich Jaffa club, in the women’s.
Before the Brighton Marathon gets underway, the BM10k race takes place at 9.00am, also a new start time. Last year saw the biggest field yet and with 2018 promising yet another high-quality line-up, the course records of 29:03 and 32:35, set by Adam Hickey in 2016 and Aly Dixon in 2014 respectively, look set to be in real danger.
British internationals Steff Twell and Gemma Steel have won the women’s BM10k race since Dixon’s record was established, but it remains unbeaten.
Both men’s and women’s races are lining up to be amongst the UK’s quickest and most competitive 10k’s of 2018 with many using it as part of their preparations for the “Night of 10,000m PB’s” gathering, due to be held on Hampstead Heath on May 19th, which incorporates the 2018 European Cup and the 2018 European Championship Trial.
The Brighton Marathon Weekend comprises The Cancer Research UK ‘Kids & Teens’ Mini Mile Races on Saturday 14th April, the BM10k and the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April, and the Event Village on the 13th, 14th and 15th April on Madeira Drive.
To see the course for 2018, including details of changes, please follow this link: http://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/course/
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WOMEN’S BRIGHTON MARATHON 2018
Helen Davies, 38, Ipswich Jaffa RC, PB 2:34.11 (London Marathon 2012)
This former Great Britain marathon runner won the Brighton Marathon last year in a time of 2:42:37. Running for Ipswich Jaffa, Helen is currently in impressive form recording a useful 75:51 at the Great Bentley Half Marathon, not so far off her personal best of 72:35 from 2012 in London. Helen will be looking to make it two wins out of two this April.
Sarah Webster, 38, Isle of Man, PB 2:48.28 (Chester 2017)
Sarah made an impressive debut marathon appearance in October 2017 at the MBNA Chester Marathon where she was second in 2:48:28. After leaving the sport as a junior athlete to pursue her current career as a vet, she took competitive running back up in 2014 in order to represent the Isle of Man and qualify for the World Island Games. Four years later, at the age of 38, Sarah could well challenge Helen for the win.
MEN’S BRIGHTON MARATHON 2018
Stuart Hawkes, 40, Tipton Harriers, PB 2:26.53 (Chester 2016)
Stuart ran a timely race to win the Brighton Marathon last year in 2:27.36, less than a minute outside his personal best. He recently set a new 10km PB of 31:47 at the Telford 10k in January which shows he’s in good form. The Tipton Harrier will be aiming to gain yet another victory in Brighton, and improve on his marathon personal best after a series of recent solid cross country races in the Midlands.
Kev Rojas, 36, Brighton & Hove AC, PB 2:18.50 (Berlin 2015)
Very much a local favourite, Kev’s debut marathon was at Brighton 2011, finishing in 2:48:36. He has since gone on to earn international honours over the marathon distance having recorded a personal best of 2:18:50 three years ago in Berlin making him the quickest in the field on paper. After withdrawing from the race last year due to illness, Kev is back fit and healthy and healthy aiming to become the first local male winner of the Brighton Marathon.
Shaun Antell, 30, Bideford AAC, PB 2:44.58 (Taunton 2010)
Since Shaun last completed a marathon in 2011 in a time of 2:48.21, he has made great progress, taking his half marathon time down from 73:19 to 66:38. As he returns to running the marathon distance, this improvement could well make him an outside threat in this closely contested fight for the title.
WOMEN’S BM10k 2018
Kate Avery, 26, Shildon AC, PB 33:05 (Darlington 2014)
After a difficult 2017 racing year, 2014 Commonwealth Games 10,000m fourth placer, Avery is looking like she could be back to her best for the BM10k with encouraging performances at the European Cross Country Trials in November and again at the Armagh International Road 3k in February. A track 10,000m personal best of 31:41 from 2015 will make her very tough to beat and a new road 10k PB looks almost inevitable
Charlotte Arter, 26, Cardiff AC, PB 33:03 (Leeds 2015)
After two years training at altitude in New Mexico, USA, Arter can boast a track 10,000m best of 32:37. Now working in Cardiff under the tutelage of Welsh National Endurance Coordinator, Chris Jones, things appear to also be going extremely well for Charlotte. Off the back of a magnificent 71:31 Half Marathon personal best at the Big Half in early March, she has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain.
Phoebe Law, 21, Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers, PB 33:57 (Brighton 2017)
This Junior International crowned a remarkable winter by becoming the UK Senior Inter Counties Champion a few weeks ago. This win completed a hat-trick of senior victories having already won the Southern and National English Cross Country Championships earlier on in the calendar year. Phoebe has also placed 10th at the U23 European CC Champs, and earned silver at the British Universities CC Champs this season. She is however, no stranger to the 10km distance, finishing 3rd here in Brighton last year (34:01) and has ran 33:00 on the track last summer when placing 4th for the GB U23 team at the European Champs in Poland.
Charlene Thomas, 35, Wakefield District Harriers, PB 33:32 (Dewsbury 2016)
As a world class 4:03 1500m runner for Great Britain, Charlene brings a very different flavour to the women’s 10k, as her endurance potential is relatively untapped. She will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with in the women’s race. She was not stretched when recently winning the Dewsbury 10K by almost a minute, so can certainly be a threat.
MENS BM10k 2018
Scott Overall, 35, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, PB 28:49 (Manchester 2011)
One of the stars of UK marathon running in recent years, Overall caused a huge splash in his marathon debut in Berlin 2011, placing 5th with a world class 2:10.55. He competed in the London Olympics of 2012 for the GB team, but comes to his inaugural Brighton run with his eye firmly on first place. His personal best of 28:47 set in 2011 is the quickest in the field and he goes into the race not only as the most accomplished athlete, but one in fine form after his 65:11 Half Marathon at Wokingham on 18th February.
Sam Stabler, 25, Wreake & Soar Valley AC, PB 29:13 (Leeds 2017)
After great form in November on both road (see PB) and cross country (3rd at the European CC Trials beating some big names), this chemical engineer represented Great Britain at the 2017 European CC Champs the following month. After injury hampered Sam’s Christmas training period, he has bounced back superbly, winning the Armagh 5k International Road Race in Northern Ireland on February 15th and placing 2nd at the UK Inter Counties Cross Country. With track 5,000m & 10,000m PB’s of 13:30 and 29:03 showing his class, he will certainly be in contention for the win and a potential course record.
Charlie Hulson, 25, Sale Harriers, PB 29:12 (Telford 2018)
Charlie has represented Great Britain on numerous occasions, most notably at the 2015 World CC Championships in Guiyang, China. This February he finished a very close 2nd to Sam Stabler at the Armagh 5k and in January set a new 10k PB with a hard fought win at the Telford 10k. This talented athlete will be looking to stick to winning ways on April 15th and recent times suggest he’s one of several who could threaten the course record in Brighton.
Robbie Fitzgibbon, 22, Brighton Phoenix, PB 30:05 (Trafford 2017)
Ranked 6th in the UK over 1500m, with a personal best of 3:36 in 2017 (worth around 3:53 for the Mile), this Brighton-born international athlete is stepping up distances to test himself on the roads in preparation for another summer track in the middle-distances. Coached by Jon Bigg, the Phoenix AC athlete will be aiming to put a local vest on the podium.