24th February 2019 was the 29th year of The Grand Brighton Half Marathon. One of the first major half marathons in the running calendar, the race is now one of the most popular races in the UK.
This year 7391 runners competed on an unseasonably warm and sunny February morning. Great Yarmouth Road Runners were represented by Anita Betts (running her third consecutive Brighton half) and Alison Bilyard and Linzi Clarke both running the course for the first time.
The race started at the Brighton Palace Pier, turning right at the Sealife centre then headed straight up the undulating Madeira Drive out towards Rottingdean before turning back into Brighton city centre, past the iconic Royal Pavilion and then out on the flat roads towards Hove. Turning around at Hove Lagoon and heading past the brightly coloured beach huts on Hove seafront, the runners re-joined the main roads and finishing again outside Brighton Palace Pier.
Alison Bilyard smashed her previous PB by an enormous 7 minutes to finish in 2:23:24, closely followed by Linzi Clarke taking nearly 2 minutes off her PB to finish in 2:23:51. Anita Betts finished strongly in 2:42:18. Adele Godbolt was unable to run her fourth consecutive Brighton half so stepped up as race photographer and roving reporter accompanied by her ever loud and present cow bell to spur in the GYRR ladies.
This highly enjoyable race is well supported by crowds along the route and one that we would recommend running.
Report by Adele Godbolt