That's according to the event organisers.
In an amazing weekend of running almost 18,000 runners took to the parks and streets to enjoy another fantastic Brighton Marathon Weekend and over 150,000 spectators came out to support them.
The Cancer Research UK ‘Kids and Teens’ Mini Miles got proceedings off to a sun-soaked start in Preston Park on Saturday with over 3,500 children completing a mile around the park. The competitors and their families created an atmosphere that carried through the weekend, despite the late rain on Sunday.
Weather conditions for the Brighton Marathon were perfect and also promised a fast race. Sent on their way at the new time of 9.45am by parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE there was a PB for the men’s winner, returning champion Stuart Hawkes of Tipton Harriers, who finished in an impressive 2:22:32, just ahead of Cardiff runner Dan Nash, who had a stunning race, leading until mile 25 when Stuart closed the gap and went on to win.
In the women’s marathon it was also a win for a delighted returning Champion Helen Davis, 38, of Ipswich Jaffa RC, who created and held an impressive lead to come in at 2:38:39.
Tom Naylor, Event Director, said: “This has been the best Brighton Marathon Weekend yet. The amazing weather and atmosphere in Preston Park on Saturday with the Cancer Research UK ‘Kids and Teens’ Mini Miles set the tone for the weekend. Yet again, the races have been superb with lots of PB’s, course records and amazing personal stories and the City of Brighton came out in force to support. We’re already looking forward to 2019.”
Beverly Sawyers, Vice President, American Express said: “We’re proud to be Community Partner for the Brighton Marathon Weekend. This year’s event has been an amazing demonstration of the power of the Sussex community, including many of my Amex colleagues, coming together to support local charities and individual endeavour. A huge thank you to all the runners, volunteers and spectators who came out in their thousands to line the route and show their support.”