London to Brighton ultramarathon
The London to Brighton ultramarathon is one of the high points on the UK ultra running circuit, and one which is also very popular with cyclists and motorists over the year. Starting on Westminster Bridge the event finishes at The Level in Brighton for a total distance of 54 miles 198 yards. Historically the event has been ongoing since 1899 although the decision by the Road Runners Club to cancel the 2006 event had put its future in doubt. However, this year’s event will take place as normal on 20 September and is likely to attract hundreds, not thousands of runners.
The winning runner is likely to complete the course in under six hours and while there is a 10 hour time limit after which time the event will not be marshalled, there will no doubt be other ultra runners finishing the course after the limit. Many feel it would be a shame to say goodbye to this particular ultramarathon which is one of the more prominent in the UK and one with the longest history.
Even though there has been a significant increase in the number of ultra runners in the UK it is still one of the niche sports, which certainly requires more coverage and more runners. Whether this will be forthcoming in the future remains to be seen but hopefully the London to Brighton ultramarathon will continue for many years to come.