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Brighton Journal | 22nd February 2020

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Hundreds of people ran to the sound of music

Lorraine Bigi

Last Saturday (11 May) saw the second edition of Brighton Run2Music, a running event where contestants dress up and run to the sound of 70s and 80s pop music.

800 runners showed up for the event, either competing for the 5K, 10K and 21K run.

The event provided lots of entertainment while the runners were warming up, with performances from professional dancers from the Marta Scott Dance Company, youth street dancers from Urban City Dance and a DJ set from Juke of York.

Jeff Finney, 52, and Alison Osborne-Roberts, 50, are two half marathon runners who travelled from Swindom to participate to Run2Music.

Jeff, who ran for his chosen charity The IBS Network and raised £1,000, said: “It was a very intimate event with lots of interaction and comradery between the runners. Due to the course being laps, runners were acknowledging each other, which doesn’t usually happen in races, it made it very special. It was like running with a group of friends.”

Another contestant, 41-year-old Megan Gerrie who dressed up as Scary Spice, said: “I have never done Brighton Run2Music before but I have done quite a few events and this was by far the most fun in terms of the music, which was amazing. I usually have my headphones in but I didn’t need them.

“I liked the hill (Duke’s Mound) as it was really nice to come back down and see the Brighton seafront in front of you. Also, the warm up was wonderful!”

Brighton Run2Music is organised by the team behind the Brighton and Hove Triathlon, and consists of three running distances. Neil Gow, 21, from London, is the winner of the 21K, completing the run at 1:26. The female winner is Ellie Welham, 21, from Hove, in a time of 1:40:48.

The winner of the 5K is a talented 12 year old Brightonian, Alyssa Ellis, who is also a member of the running group RunPals. The male winner is Liam Light from Peacehaven.

Finally, the 10K was won by Josh Brooks, 16, from Lancing, and Dominique Coleman, 35, from Brighton.

The event was supported by three official charities: Rockinghorse, Rhythmix, and Martlets Hospice.

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