Hundreds of people in fancy dress turned out on Saturday for the second year of Brighton Run2Music on Madeira Drive.
As the clouds cleared and the sun came out, the fun kicked off with JP Omari warming up the 5k and 10k runners to the funky sounds of the 70’s and 80’s whilst Jack the Lad joined in motivating the runners with his witty commentary.
Prior to heading off to the start line, the runners were entertained by professional dancers on stage from the Marta Scott Dance Company in stunningly colourful outfits, youth street dancers from Urban City Dance and some well-known tunes from DJ Juke of York. At the bottom of Duke’s Mound, musicians from the music college BIMM played popular acoustic songs that kept the runners motivated to climb the challenging Duke’s Mound Hill.
Half Marathon Runners, Jeff Finney, 52, and Alison Osborne-Roberts 50 had travelled all the way from Swindon to participate. Jeff had just this week competed in the Philadelphia Broad Street Run 10 miler with 40,000 runners before making his way to Brighton to run for his chosen charity The IBS Network. Jeff said of Brighton Run2Music, “It was a very intimate event with lots of interaction & comradery between the runners. Due to the course being laps, runners were acknowledging each other, which doesn’t usually happen in races, it made it really special. It was like running with a group of friends.
Jeff continued, “The special attention from the Jack the Lad was amazing. At every lap he made a comment about the runners to keep us going. He missed me crossing the finish line and then turned round and saw me and announced over the speaker “Jeff has finished everyone!” which really made my day. Urban City Dance were amazing, they put on a really good show. All in all, it was a fantastic day. Jeff has currently raised £1,000 for IBS Network.
Megan Gerrie, 41 from Harlington, Bedfordshire was running the 21K as Scary Spice with her three girlfriends dressed as the remaining group. Megan said “I have never done Brighton Run2Music before but I have done quite a few events and this was by far the most fun in terms of the music, which was amazing. I usually have my headphones in but I didn’t need them. I liked the hill (Duke’s Mound) as it was really nice to come back down and see the Brighton seafront in front of you. Also, the warm up was wonderful!”
By the time the 21k runners were half way round the course the rain started which was a welcome respite from the sun. Neil Gow, 21 from London came in at 1:26 and the female winner Ellie Welham, 21 from Hove in a time of 1:40:48
Surprisingly, the winner of the 5K was 12 year old Alyssa Ellis from Brighton and member of the running group RunPals who completed the 2 lap course in 23 minutes. She came in a mere 25 seconds behind the male winner 21 year old Liam Light from Peacehaven. The men’s and women’s 10k was won by Ellie Welham, 21, from Hove in 1:40:48 and Neil Gow, 21, from London in 1:26:00.