Jackie Hallett took part in this year’s Brighton Marathon joining almost 20,000 other entrants in the 26.2 mile race through the city itself before going out to Hove and finishing along the Promenade at the iconic Palace Pier. The runners are always well supported all along the route by over 150,000 spectators taking advantage of the zig zag route to see all the runners on more than one occasion.
Jackie had an excellent run although it was very warm but keeping a very steady pace throughout she completed the marathon in 5.58.05 and took 3rd place in her age category.
Over in Nottinghamshire the Longhorn event gave runners the choice of distance to choose from. 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon or 60k Ultra set in private areas of Sherwood Forest & the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Hall. The events were run over old military roads, cleared tracks through ancient woodland and grassed paths around the country estate. The route included a few hills to offer a small challenge around the course. In the 5k event Debbie Petley and Maria Baker took part in their second event in one week with their first venture off road. Along with Angela Wilson they all had a good run on this new terrain and keeping together they finished in 45 minutes. In the 10k event Tanya Knight ran strongly to finish in 55.14 and Jamie Stanton who used the run as training for a forthcoming Triathlon had a solid run finishing in 1.08.03. The half marathon saw Dan Clark fresh from his 40th place in our own Boston Marathon have another excellent run to take 7th place in a time of 1.32.39.
The Boston runners cheered each other on as they waited for each to finish.