THOUSANDS of runners took part in this year’s Brighton Half Marathon.

Ross Skelton, from Hastings, claimed his first victory at the annual event, which took place today.

He crossed the finish line in a time of 01:07:48, followed by Marshall Smith (01:08:18) and Simon Heath (01:08:58).

The Argus: Thousands took part in this year's Brighton Half MarathonThousands took part in this year's Brighton Half Marathon

Ross, 28, told The Argus he was looking forward to celebrating his victory with a fry-up and a coffee with his family.

For the women, Charlotte Ragan also claimed her first Brighton Half Marathon win in a time of 01:19:16.

She was followed by Rachel Gifford in second (01:19:29) and Emma Navesey in third (01:19:47).

The Argus: Dame Kelly Homes joined the race after staring the raceDame Kelly Homes joined the race after staring the race

The event, organised by The Sussex Beacon charity, was the 32nd Brighton Half Marathon.

Other charity partners include Chestnut Tree House, Macmillan and Alzheimer’s Society.

This year also saw the return of the wheelchair half marathon after a two-year hiatus.

The Argus: Same runners in fancy dress joined in for the Brighton Half MarathonSame runners in fancy dress joined in for the Brighton Half Marathon

British Paralympic athlete Moatez Jomni clinched first place, with a time of 01:02:15.

Wheelchair athletes Eden Rainbow-Cooper and Gary Cooper came joint second, with a time of 01:13:18.

Gold medal-winning Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes was on the start line to see the runners off their marks, before taking part herself.

Speaking before the race, Dame Kelly said she was “really looking forward” to taking part non-competitively.

She said: “Seeing mass participation events back to their best is fantastic. It has motivated me to get back training and run it too.

“So, my plan is to start the race off, jump down and get involved. I will not be racing – just enjoying the atmosphere.”

The half marathon saw thousands of runners – both beginners and seasoned marathoners –get involved.

Among the non-elite runners were Brighton-based comedians Zoe Lyons and Joe Wilkinson.

The seafront was bathed in sunshine as the race began at 9am on Madeira Drive.

Runners then took off along the route 13.1 mile route, winding their way through the city and by sites including the Brighton Palace Pier, The Grand Brighton, Royal Pavilion, West Pier, Brighton Marina and more.

The 2023 Brighton Half Marathon is due to be held on Sunday, February 26, 2023.

Registration is now open.

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