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The Brighton 10k has been held since 1984, and every year around 2,500 runners head to the coast to chase a PB on this super-fast course. Fiona Bugler talked to fellow runners about their race


Claire East’s race


“I just wanted to get round!” Time: 44:20 Claire East, 40, is married to Mike East, a former 1500m international Olympian. They met at the Mountbatten centre, Portsmouth’s local track. Claire has a history as a track runner and an 800m PB of 2:11. She decided to run Brighton as she was there for the weekend


“I run when I can – and as I have young kids I can only run once or twice a week. I wasn’t planning to race but as we were there with Mike’s work, I gave it a go! “Not being able to run too often is a


blessing in disguise, as it meant I had a rare injury-free period. When the children get older, I hope I can run a bit more and build a more substantial base. “When I race, I get very competitive


with myself, push hard and get injured. But for this race I really did just want to get round and feel okay afterwards. I have only run 10k twice, including two years ago when I had to spend the afternoon in bed after the race! “I was feeling tired before the race.


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We had been out with friends on the Friday and didn’t get to bed until 12.30am (I’m normally in bed by 10pm)! We had a full family day on Saturday, and a second late night (our youngest had decided she wanted to sleep with me). “The race was great but my lack of mental strength threatened to kick in at 7k. The longest run that I have done in the past year is five miles. To change my mind-set I thought about my friend who runs even more rarely than me! She was running the Gosport Half on the same day (she enters half marathons for fun), and her theory is, it’s all mental so stay positive. I thought of her having to run 13.1 miles and me just six – it worked!”


THE RACE: BRIGHTON 10K


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