CHARITY supporters joined the crowds lining Basin Road South on Sunday to cheer on runners in the fifth Brighton Marathon.
Making its annual visit to Shoreham Harbour, the event saw hundreds gather near Carats Café on Southwick Beach to give encouragement to nearly 9,000 runners, despite the gusty weather conditions.
Charles Sharpe, communications manager at Carats Café Bar, said: “By virtue of its position close to the end of the 26.2 mile-long race, this coastal section of the course has been dubbed ‘The Road to Hell’, as it incorporates a loop alongside many industrial buildings within the port and marks the turning point back towards the finish on Brighton seafront.
“The race itself saw William Chebor and Alice Milgo as the men’s and women’s victors respectively but the true winner must undoubtedly be the more than 400 charities that stand to benefit from the fundraising, which the vast majority of the participants bring about.”
Highlights of the race will be shown in an hour-long TV special on Channel 4 on Saturday at 7am.
n Turn to page 21 to read more on some of the charity runners and page 101 for the club runners.