My friend Lauren and I recently travelled down to Brighton to watch her boyfriend take part in the marathon. We woke up to clear blue skies and blazing sunshine which was perfect for us wandering around Brighton, but not so perfect for those having to run 26 miles!
I had been to Brighton a few times before but had never actually walked around during the day so the marathon provided the perfect opportunity, allowing us to support from the sidelines whilst fitting in a bit of sightseeing.
Brighton has some beautiful and grand buildings which looked even more enchanting against the bright blue skies.
The marathon has been running in Brighton since 2010 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, after London. 150,000 spectators watch over the weekend with the added bonus of a walk around the streets and along the beach for a break in between cheering on loved ones.
I really felt for the runners doing it in the heat, especially those running with bulky costumes to raise as much money for charity as possible. It was so inspiring to see people really pushing themselves to their limits.
Despite our guilt, our tummies were rumbling and it would have been wrong to visit Brighton and not try their fish and chips.
Fish and chips always taste better when looking out to sea and breathing in fresh salty air.
It felt like an old fashioned English Summer holiday with sun, sea and striped deck chairs.
The only thing missing was ice cream, which was easily rectified.
We wandered down the sea front and settled on a vendor selling the ‘best ice cream on the beach’. I went for a tub of mint chocolate chip and we found a nice sunny spot to enjoy our treat.
We wandered down to the water’s edge but we weren’t quite feeling brave enough to dip our toes, so we just admired the view instead.
There was such a lovely atmosphere around the sea front. It was full of happy and excited people, enjoying the sun and cheering on loved ones.
All supporters can download an app which tracks your selected runner so when we could see Mike nearing the end of his run, we made our way to the finish line. They have seating by the finish line so we took our seats and looked out for him while cheering on the other runners. I really enjoyed watching people’s faces as they crossed the line, they were clearly so exhausted but some of them found some extra energy and determination to sprint the last 10 metres.
It’s amazing what people can do when they work hard for something and have the motivation and drive to push themselves through months of training and hard work. I’m not sure I would ever do a marathon but I really enjoyed watching it and drawing motivation to push myself in other areas.
Well done to anyone else who has completed the marathon this year or is due to take part in the upcoming London Marathon and I hope that everyone has been able to enjoy some of the lovely weather recently!