Brighton Marathon 2018 Results: Men’s and Women’s Top Finishers

Brighton Marathon 2018 Results: Men’s and Women’s Top Finishers

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  A general view of the Color Run presented by Dulux, known as the happiest 5km on the planet on September 20, 2014 in Brighton, England. Runners of all shapes, sizes and speeds start wearing white clothing. At each kilometre a different colour of powder is thrown in the air with the runners becoming a constantly evolving artwork. At the end of the course runners are greeted by the Color Festival where the air is filled with music and stunning coloured powder bursts creating a vibrant party atmosphere.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Dulux)

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Stuart Hawkes emerged victorious in the 2018 Brighton Marathon with a time of two hours, 22 minutes and 34 seconds on Sunday, retaining his title and beating last year’s winning time by more than five minutes.

Hawkes became the first English runner to win the marathon in 2017 and edged Dan Nash—who had led the race from the first mile—with a personal-best time in the final stretch to make it two victories in as many years.

Per runner biography website Strava.com, Hawkes’ best marathon time prior to Sunday’s triumph was two hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds, making this his new best time by a big distance. BBC Sussex’s Neil Munday captured his winning moment:

Helen Davies was the fastest woman to finish and ran across the line in two hours, 38 minutes and 43 seconds, making it two athletes from two to retain their crowns in Brighton on Sunday.

And, like Hawkes, Davies kept her title while beating last year’s time by a significant margin of three minutes and 57 seconds, per Athletics Weekly:

More than 12,000 runners turned out on England’s south coast for one of the sunnier locales in the country’s marathon circuit, and the dry conditions held up well for the 26.2-mile journey, via the BBC’s Sara Smith:

Cardiff runner Nash set off from the start at Preston Park as the early leader and maintained an advantage for the overwhelming majority of the race.

Approaching the halfway stage of the race, he held a lead of around one-and-a-half minutes over Hawkes and the rest of the chasing pack, which included locally based runners Jeff Pyrah and Kevin Rojas.

Crisis threatened when nature called for Nash, however, at the 12th mile:

That was the first of two toilet breaks for Nash in the space of three miles, per the Brighton Marathon Twitter account, although he was able to retain the lead nonetheless.

Hawkes advanced his pursuit and was neck-and-neck with Nash entering the final mile, where in similar tactics to last year, he made a clinically timed press for the win. He had praise for close competitors and second-place finisher Nash post-race:

Davies did what Nash could not and managed to keep her cushion out in front for the closing stages of the race, with Sarah Webster the woman closest on her tail for great portions.

However, Ipswich’s Davies didn’t fade and held on to blast her 2017 time out of the water, while Webster went on to finish second in a time of two hours, 48 minutes and three seconds, almost 11 minutes slower than the women’s victor.

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April 15, 2018 at 05:09AM

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