Man of the moment Prior to start Brighton Marathon

Brighton Marathon

Hero of the hour in England’s final Test match against New Zealand, Matt Prior, is the Official Starter of the 2013 Brighton Marathon.

Fresh from his exploits down under Prior will be on the start line in Preston Park on Sunday 14 April to send the field of 10,000 on their way in the fourth Brighton Marathon.

“Matt is clearly one of England’s sporting superstars at the moment and he underlined his status as the world’s best wicket-keeper and batsman with his match-saving third Test batting performance against New Zealand recently,” said Brighton Marathon Race Director Tim Hutchings.

“The fact that he was educated at Brighton College and plays for Sussex makes him very much a local gem for the city and we are incredibly privileged to have him as our Official Starter this year.”

Previous starters have been athletics legends Steve Ovett and Steve Cram while Albion manager Gustavo Poyet did the honours for last year’s event.

Local boy Prior, 31, attended Brighton College and went on to join Sussex County Cricket club in 2001 and has been there ever since.