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MAKING A MARATHON

DAVID SMYTH MEETS THE ORGANISERS OF TWO RELATIVELY NEW BUT VASTLY DIFFERENT MARATHONS TO LEARN WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE A MUCH-LOVED EVENT

Amarathon doesn’t usually start in a pub. But that’s sometimes where they begin, years before the inaugural bang of the starting gun.

In the case of two relatively new Sussex marathons – the Moyleman, which loops around Lewes and first took place in 2015, and Brighton, which has been the UK’s second biggest marathon since 2010 – the pub was where those first speculative conversations were had. Could this be done? Why hasn’t anyone done it before? Could we do it?

It’s a tale of two cities – well, one city and a market town. The two races couldn’t be more different. Brighton sees about 12,000 runners trotting along the famous seafront, cheered on by a further 60,000 in an event that rivals Pride and the London to Brighton Bike Ride as one of the largest events in the South Coast tourist destination’s calendar. In its fourth year, the Moyleman has grown from 90 participants to 350 and follows the trails in the hills surrounding Lewes, 10 miles east of Brighton, including a sizeable chunk of the South Downs Way. The spectators are mostly sheep.

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About Men's Running

The March issue of Men’s Running was designed with New Year motivation in mind. Whether you’re a persistent pavement pounder, or are completely new to running altogether, this issue is packed with expert advice on becoming a tougher, stronger, quicker and happier runner - from 14 easy-to-adopt ways to boost performance, to a three-page spread on learning to grit your teeth, push your limits and realise your true potential. We’ve also got exclusive reviews of the latest short-sleeved tops, shorts and running socks - with the best product in each category receiving the MR ‘Best in Test’ seal of approval. For a rarely covered behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to organise a large-scale race, head to our ‘Making a Marathon’ feature, and of course we’ve also got the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you hit the ground running in 2018.