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Beautiful sunshine for Brighton Half Marathon

A glorious day for runners at Brighton Half Marathon Credit: ITV Meridian

Runners are being greeted by beautiful sunshine this morning as 12,000 of them get ready to pound the streets of Brighton and Hove today. The city's annual half marathon was launched in 1991 when it had just 200 runners competing. It's now one of the country's most popular seafront road races.


Olympian "gutted" to quit race

Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi wins the Bupa London 10,000 in London. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mara Yamauchi, the British number 2 has withdrawn from the Olympic marathon just 9.4 kilometres into the race. The 38-year-old Oxford athlete had been hampered by a bruised heel in the build-up to the Games and, although determined to get to the startline, was clearly not fit.

Ethiopian's Tiki Gelana, in her first major championship, crossed the finish line on The Mall in two hours 23.07 minutes, an Olympic record, with Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo taking silver and Russia's Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova the bronze.


Oxford athlete pulls out of marathon

Oxford's Mara Yamauchi was forced to pull out of the Olympic marathon after less than 10 kilometres after suffering from a bruised ankle.

She tearfully stopped at the side of the road 9.4km into the race after deciding she could not go any further.

Britain's medal hope Paula Radcliffe was forced to withdraw with a foot injury earlier in the week. The race was won by Ethiopian's Tiki Gelana.

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