This was the first year that Brighton Marathon have offered a 10k option – and what a brilliant idea. From mingling with the marathoners in Preston Park, to having time to refuel and then going to watch them coming in down on the seafront – what a fantastic day. Not to mention inspiring for those Jo’s Thing runners who have never run more than 10k before. This gave them all a taste and my cunning plan worked – we have a few entries for next year’s full marathon 🙂
There was extra excitement in the Andrews household this weekend as not only was little Olive (age 9) running the mini mile event, but it was also Matthew’s birthday on marathon day.
This was also the first year that the mini mile was held in Preston Park rather than the seafront and what a huge improvement! Not only did it mean that parents could see their little runners a handful of times during their mile, but it also meant we could be there at the start AND the finish. All much more contained, better atmosphere and all round fabulous!
The kids were great in their runs, but the thing which really got me this year (which was not as noticeable when it was held on the seafront) was the fantastic support the kids were providing for each other. There were several Jo’s Thing clients’ kids running – and they were all cheering each other on with as much enthusiasm as they put into their running. Lots of very proud parents there today!
And then it was onto the BM10k race. This was the first 10k for a couple of the Jo’s Thing ladies – and brilliant they were too! What a perfect day; 10k, Bill’s for a double celebratory breakfast (post race highs all round AND a very happy birthday boy!) and that was followed by a trip down to the seafront to see Nicola finish her first marathon. Talk about emotional – Ros and I both burst into tears as we saw her pass at the 25 mile mark! So chuffed and so proud. Well done Nicola!
And well done to the Brighton Marathon organisers; another cracking event.