Brighton Half Marathon 2022 confirms the return of the wheelchair race and the elite field line up at this weekend’s race.
The race team welcomes the return of the wheelchair race this year, after being postponed in 2021. Starting just ahead of the main half marathon event, the wheelchair race is a highlight for spectators throughout the 13.1 mile course. The wheelchair race* will have the largest ever field, including four Team GB athletes – Dillon Labrooy (M), European Para Championships Bronze Medallist, 24, from Surrey; Fabienne Andre (F), Double European Gold Medallist, 25 from East Sussex; Moatez Jomni (M), IPC Athletics World Champion Bronze Medallist and IPC European Champion, 33, from London; and Eden Rainbow-Cooper (F), 20 from Hampshire – alongside previous Brighton Half Marathon race winners Gary Cooper (M), Ellie Page (F) and Rob Smith (M), as well as first time wheelchair racers. It promises to be a great race – starting at 8:57am. Look out for the course record being broken!
In the elite field Kevin Moore (2020 winner) is returning from Ireland to run again. Paul Navesey, our winner from 2021 and 2019 – and course record holder – is returning, running with the race number #1. His sister Emma Navesey is a strong contender in the women’s field too, running with the race number #11. Ollie Garrod also returns, who was the winner of the Brighton Marathon 2021. In the women’s race, local favourite Emily Proto has been close so many times and has been on the podium in several race years – could this be her year?
The Brighton Half Marathon is organised by Brighton-based charity The Sussex Beacon, which provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex and the race is the charity’s largest annual event. Other charity partners include local charities Chestnut Tree House and national charities Macmillan and Alzheimer’s Society.
The Brighton Half will see thousands of runners – both beginners to the distance and seasoned half marathoners - taking to the streets of Brighton and Hove. The race starts for runners at 9am on Madeira Drive before winding its way around some of Brighton’s most iconic sites including the Palace Pier, The Grand Brighton, The Royal Pavilion, The West Pier, Brighton Marina, and the colourful Hove Beach Huts.