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Brighton Marathon

Quick facts

Location Brighton, United Kingdom

Distance Marathon

Date April

About Brighton Marathon

The Brighton Marathon is a road race run over the distance of 42.195 km or 26 miles and 385 yards. It takes place each April in Brighton on the south coast of England. The inaugural Brighton Marathon was organised by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and former Brighton club athlete, Tom Naylor.

The first running of the race took place on 18th April 2010. The race opened to 12,000 entries, with 7,589 participating on race day.In Year 2 (April 2011), over 8,000 runners took part with spectator numbers estimated at around 120,000. The race has acquired the status of “Britain’s No. 2 marathon” for its profile in the national running arena, for its standard of race organisation and for the publicity generated by the event. 

More than two hundred charities had runners in the 2011 event and this demand has led to an increase from 3,000 to 5,000 in the number of places being offered to charities in 2012.The 2012 event has seen a 20% increase on entries to an acceptance of 18,000, putting it in the top 12 running events in the UK. In September 2011, The Brighton Marathon was granted coveted Bronze Medal status by the World governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Practicalities

Aid Stations

We will have a mix of water and HIGH5 products available across the Brighton Marathon course, located on or very close to the miles as detailed below. The BM10k runners will have water made available to them only and a recovery snack at the finish.

Award Medals

BM10k and Marathon participants will receive a technical finisher t-shirt, medal and a variety of finisher goodies once you have crossed the finish line.

Equipment Storage

There will be baggage trucks at Preston Park open from 7am that will take your belongings to the finish line where you can collect them. Please make sure you have attached your baggage sticker to your kit bag which you will be given with your Race Pack.

Brighton Marathon Route Map

Brighton Marathon Route Map

Start:

Preston Park

Preston Park, Brighton, United Kingdom

Finish:

Madeira Drive, close to Brighton Pier

Madeira Drive, Brighton, United Kingdom

Difficulty

flat

Highlights

Raves on the beach, Graham Greene novels, mods and rockers in bank-holiday fisticuffs, naughty weekends for Mr and Mrs Smith, the UK’s biggest gay scene and the Channel’s best clubbing – this coastal city evokes many images for the British. But one thing is certain: with its bohemian, hedonistic vibe, Brighton is where England’s seaside experience goes from cold to cool.

Brighton is without doubt Britain’s most colourful and outrageous city. Here burlesque meets contemporary design; grotty hostels share thin walls with kinky boutique hotels; microbrewed ales share bar space with ‘sex on the beach’; and stags watch drag. The city returned the UK’s first Green Party MP, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with unusual gusto, and according to the 2001 census, it has the UK’s highest Jedi population.

The highlight for the sightseeing visitor is the Royal Pavilion, a 19th-century party palace built by the Prince Regent, who kicked off Brighton’s love of the outlandish.

Overview

The course start line was at Preston Park. The route took in some of the sights of central Brighton before heading East towards Rottingdean. The race then headed west out to and around Hove, before returning on the seafront and finishing on Madeira Drive, close to Brighton Pier.


Brighton Marathon Trivia

There was a 20% increase on entries for the 2013 edition up to a maximum of 18,000, putting the race into the top 12 running events in the UK.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.