Bradford brothers both make the top 10 in the Brighton Half Marathon

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TOP ten finishes in the Brighton Half Marathon – a race with a sell-out 8,000 entries – was achieved by BOTH Lewes Athletics Club brothers David and Matt Bradford.

David was seventh with a time of 72 minutes 30 seconds while Matt was ninth with a time of 73.05.

Other Lewes AC finishers (with positions and times) were: 214th: Josh Burgess 89.11; 250th: Richard Cowper 90.00; 281st: Neil Baker 90.51; 396th: Andrew Masters 93.06; 437th: John Walters 93.54; 593rd: Matt Button 93.54; 676th: Miles Seavill 98.14; 2,470th: Suzanne Holliman 127.10; 3,379th: Don Faulkner 125.32; 5,325: Gilva Wainwright 149.20.

The 21st edition of the Brighton Half Marathon proved to be a huge success, and the new flatter, faster route, mostly along the seafront, prived a hit with runners.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Brighton & Hove to show their support and cheer on the runners, creating a real buzz and a great atmosphere.

Both winners from last year, David Wardle, 35, from Hertfordshire and Fiona Powell, 29, from Brighton, were back to successfully defend their titles. Wardle finished in an impressive 1:06:22, with more than two minutes to spare over Ian Leitch from Brighton’s Phoenix AC. Ben Shearer from Cambridge Harriers was third in 1:10:10, closely followed by Hailsham triathlete Todd Leckie in fourth place.

Powell from Brighton & Hove City AC crossed the finish line in 1:20:57; runner-up Helen Ewing finished in 1:22:45 with Samatha Alvarez from Hailsham Harriers coming third in 1:24:49 and Helen Buller fourth in 1:26:14.

Hundreds of young runners took part in the one-mile Youth Races along Madeira Drive, with the titles being taken by Issac Wright (5:02) and Nancy Jones (5:12) in the 8-11 age category and by Lucien Christofin (4:39) and Holly Beaton (5:11) in the 12-16 age category.

For a full list of results and photographs, go to the website www.brightonhalfmarathon.com

You can also register an interest for the 2012 race there.