Brighton and Bos­ton marathons, plus Na­tional Road Re­lays, Garmin Great Ire­land Run and Sportshall fi­nal

SOUTH COAST CITY READY FOR DIS­TANCE RUN­NING FES­TI­VAL

Athletics Weekly - - TO­GETHER WE RUN -

THE Brighton Marathon or­gan­is­ers are again hope­ful of putting on four top class al­lBri­tish races this week­end.

The qual­ity looks es­pe­cially good in the BM 10km.

The women’s en­try in­cludes 2014 Com­mon­wealth 10,000m fourth placer Kate Avery who looks like she is im­prov­ing her form race by race.

Her op­po­si­tion in­cludes Char­lotte Arter, who was a fine 31st in the re­cent World HalfMarathon Cham­pi­onships.

Phoebe Law is bet­ter known for her cross-coun­try form rather than her road form, as she is the reign­ing Na­tional, In­ter-Coun­ties and South of Eng­land cham­pion. She won the lat­ter at Brighton in Jan­uary and was third in last year’s 10km race but has im­proved con­sid­er­ably over the last 12 months.

Char­lene Thomas, a for­mer Euro­pean Team Cham­pi­onships 1500m win­ner, will be a dan­ger­ous com­peti­tor with a fear­some kick and she re­cently won the Dews­bury 10km.

The men’s 10km en­try in­cludes Sam Stabler.

The re­cent win­ner of a top class Ar­magh 5km in North­ern Ire­land, he will start as favourite and his op­po­si­tion in­cludes for­mer Na­tional cross-coun­try cham­pion Char­lie Hul­son.

Olympic marathoner Scott Over­all and lo­cal favourite Rob­bie Fitzgib­bon of Brighton Phoenix, who brings 3:36 1500m speed to the event, are oth­ers who could place highly.

In the marathon, 2017 win­ner Stu­art Hawkes re­turns and he will be up against 2:18 lo­cal run­ner Kev Ro­jas and 66-minute half-marathon run­ner Shaun An­tell.

He­len Davies also re­turns and the 2:34 marathoner will start favourite to de­fend her ti­tle in style.

Event direc­tor Tom Nay­lor, 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.”

This year the marathon starts at 9.45am. The elite start at Withdean Sta­dium but the masses be­gin their fast 26.2mile jour­ney from Pre­ston Park. The 10km starts at 9am.

The Can­cer Re­search UK Kids & Teens mini mile races be­gin in Pre­ston Park at 10am on Satur­day.

The event also in­cludes a note­wor­thy event vil­lage, ad­ja­cent to the fin­ish line on the sea front and that is open from 10am-7pm on Fri­day and 9.30am-7pm on Satur­day and 8.30am-6pm on Sun­day.

Run­ners will be hop­ing for great weather again

He­len Davies: reign­ing cham­pion

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