Brighton bounces back
The prestigious Brighton 10K returns after a two year absence
Established in 1984, Brighton 10K is one of those 'does what it says on the tin' events. The race has been around for almost 40 years and is organised by runners for runners. It's a flat out, flat and fast blast out and back on the spectacular Sussex seafront of Brighton and Hove organised by Brighton and Hove Athletic Club.
The 38th Brighton 10K is back on Sunday (20th November) after a two-year absence due to Covid restrictions, resulting in all the usual headaches for organisers, including refunds. The good news is that the athletes have returned in their droves and 2022 looks to be a bumper edition of this prestigious race.
As always there are some hurdles for the Brighton 10K team to overcome and this year there is extensive development taking place at the usual start and finish area on Madeira Drive, which includes building the Sea Lanes Open Water Swimming Centre and restoring the 858m long Victorian cast iron Madeira Terrace Arches.
As a result, the organisers have flipped the course so the new start/finish is on Hove Lawns, which is usually the halfway point. The route takes runners in a westerly direction to the first turn point at St Aubyns Road, then east towards Brighton centre passing Palace Pier and Sea Life Centre. The turn for home is on Madeira Drive and the i360 observation tower is passed at 8K before a final 2K around Hove Lawns to finish on Hove Promenade.
The defending champions from 2019 are Brighton Phoenix athletes Finn McNally (30:23) and Beth Kidger (34:20) as nearly 200 runners beat 40 minutes. Weather conditions on Sunday morning are expected to be a cool 10C with a westerly breeze, which might be a bit of a battle on the return journey.
Course/event records are held by Rob Denmark (28:59 in 1993) and Louise Damen (33:14 in 2010) and both are expected to remain intact for another year – although you never know. Elite athletes that have recently reached the standards set are given free or half-price entry while the rest of us can sign up for £24/£26.
Full details and entry details are available at the Brighton 10K website here
Previous results and 2019 race report at runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy Brighton 10K on Facebook