Brighton Marathon Weekend announces Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, founder of parkrun, as guest race starter.

By 13th March 2018

Photo from Flickr, courtesy of Bruce Li. Link in later copy.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, founder of the global phenomenon parkrun, will be in Preston Park on Sunday 15th April to send over 15,000 runners on their way as he officially starts the 2018 Brighton Marathon and BM10k.

Paul is excited to have been asked to start the races at the Brighton Marathon Weekend:
“I’m delighted to be involved with The Brighton Marathon and BM10k at every level. These events are critical for so many folks of every ability and from all parts of the country. I get goosebumps just thinking about being at the start line seeing all those people getting ready to challenge themselves. I can’t wait for the day.”

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world (2km for juniors) and will shortly be launching in their twentieth country. parkrun events take place in parkland surroundings and encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians.

Tom Naylor, Brighton Marathon Weekend Event Director said: “It’s fantastic to have this year’s Brighton Marathon and BM10k started by someone who has worked so hard to expand the running community in both the UK and abroad. Many participants in this Brighton Marathon Weekend will have taken part in a parkrun as a part of their training, or been inspired by Paul’s work to take up running. The parkrun ethos of creating a safe and easy running environment has brought communities together, and this vision is very compatible with what the Brighton Marathon Weekend aims to do every April.”


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.

Photos: The photo used here is available in high res from Flickr, caption as follows:
Pic 1: Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, founder of parkrun. Please byline Bruce Li.
Please note for captions or editorial content that the name parkrun is always used with a lowercase ‘p’.

For further information on The Brighton Marathon Weekend:
Denise Tyler
Tel: 01273 201260

For further information or to speak to Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE:
Glen Turner
Press and Media Manager
Tel: 07545 115184

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