Hundreds of runners braved the elements as they took part in the Brighton 10k today.

The annual race along the seafront started in Hove near the Peace Statue and saw participants run to Madeira Drive and back again.

This year, runners had to battle against headwinds of up to 20mph as they passed the halfway point in Madeira Drive and ran west back towards Hove.

The Argus: Ali Trauttmansdorff was happy with her timeAli Trauttmansdorff was happy with her time (Image: The Argus)

Despite the conditions, Ali Trauttmansdorff was happy with her time.

“Even though it was windy it was good and I felt good," she told The Argus.

Ali, from London, often runs at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex so said she is used to the sometimes harsh coastal conditions.

The race is also an English masters qualifier meaning frontrunners were vying for a spot in next year's national representative 10k race. 

The Argus: Chris Hobbs from Preston ParkChris Hobbs from Preston Park (Image: The Argus)

For Chris Hobbs, from Preston Park, this was his first 10k in six years. 

"I play tennis but haven't run 10k for a while," he said. 

"This was my first time running the Brighton 10k. I found out about it online.

"I saw it was very windy and could be a bit wet so I was tempted not to but I'm glad I did. 

"It's a great way to start your Sunday."

Brighton is famed for its hills but this route along the seafront is flat meaning runners can breeze through the first few kilometres with the wind on their side. 

But heading back can be tough against westerly winds. 

The Argus: Miyu, a student from Crawley, runs regularlyMiyu, a student from Crawley, runs regularly (Image: The Argus)

Miyu said she was happy with her time considering the weather and her lack of training. 

The student from Crawley, studying at Imperial College London, said: "I didn't train much because I signed up on a whim. I've run the Brighton half marathon before but this is my first time running the 10k.

"It was a really tough finish against the wind so I am really happy with my time."

The race has been going since 1984 and is coming up to its 40th year, having been cancelled twice due to Covid and weather conditions. 

A spokesman for the race said: "The Brighton 10K is one of the oldest and most prestigious races in the South East.

"It is a city race with a friendly vibe, free runner photography and a fantastic finisher's medal."