Brighton Half – a spectator's view

At short notice I was available to support our runners in the event but given the weather a day earlier, how long it might take to get there was another matter. Thankfully given the rapid change in the weather it all worked out fine. Staying locally on Saturday I decided to walk the two miles to the seafront and the start. Side roads and pavements were icy / frosty but cleared nearer to the seafront.

Despite the many thousands in the event, I managed to see many before the start including Ben Duncan who was previously a member but still wearing his vegan runners vest.

The course from the seafront consisted of 3 loops, making it easy for photographers and supporters. Taking a photo of every member or vegan runners vest was going to be difficult but I had four opportunities.

Many of our runners were at their best and the conditions made it easier to achieve their goals. John Bateson led our members home in 1.19.53, a satisfactory performance for John. Dave Arnold achieved possibly an age group best of 1.29.00. Christopher Stevenson ran his first half marathon at the 2013 event and this year lowered his time by a further 6-7 mins to 1.29.54. Similarly Rafal Tkaczyk lowered his personal best achieved at Watford two weeks earlier by another 2 minutes to 1.31.23. Jonathan Wilkes has been focusing on marathons and ultra and returning to the half after a long break, achieves a large PB, now down to 1.38.03. Mark Wood only joined VRUK in the week leading up to the event and running his 2nd half was delighted with a large improvement, down to 1.42.57. In total VRUK had 8 members under the 1.40. Continuing in a similar theme, Siobhan Carleton-Green broke the 1.50 for the first time, now down to 1.49.57 and Evelina also broke the 2 hours for a PB of 1.59.17.

Later the club had a great response to the meet-up at the VBites near the finish with 20 present including children and supporters.


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