Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dixon and Robinson lead domestic challenge in Brighton

Former Commonwealth bronze medallist Dan Robinson and the much-improved Alyson Dixon will this weekend take to the roads alongside Brighton’s sea front in the hope of breaking their PBs and scooping winning time bonuses.

Following the race’s successful inauguration in 2010 when it attracted 12,000 entries, organisers have boosted the elite field in an attempt to ensure that quality matches quantity.

Numbers are up too with more than 13,000 entries booked and the course follows almost the same route as last year, when the men’s winner Serod Batochir ran 2:19:05, but faster times are expected in 2011.

Pacemakers for different finishing times between 2:12 and 2:20 have been laid on by the organisers to help the elite field and there are time bonus awards of $2000 for sub-2:12 (men) and sub-2:35 (women), providing they are top-performances. A sub-2:12 winner will receive $5000 and the women’s winner $3000 if sub 2:35.