Brighton Marathon

Sun 19th Apr 2020
Preston Park, Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 6SD, UK

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Tickets £27.50–£65, charity places available

Race in the immensely popular Brighton Marathon. This race has everything: live bands, spectator-lined streets and a hero's welcome. Whether you're chasing those PBs or having a crack at your first marathon, join thousands of runners in this lively seaside event.
  • Road
  • Flat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • 15000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Having quickly become the second biggest marathon in the UK, the Brighton Marathon sure isn't one to miss. Bringing in runners from all over the world, you'll struggle to find better crowd support, race atmosphere and ocean views at another 26-miler.

The fast and flat course boasts men's and women's records of well under 2:10 and 2:30, making it one of the fastest marathons in the UK. The marathon was bron in 2010 and has quickly developed into a marathon weekend, made up of the Brighton Marathon, BM10k, Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races and the event village.

Distances in this event

  1. Brighton Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    9:45am Sun 19th Apr 2020
    Tickets & charity places available
  2. 10K

    Run 10km
    9:45am Sun 19th Apr 2020
    Tickets available
  3. Mini Mile

    Run 1mi
    9:45am Sun 19th Apr 2020

Route info

Course Maps
What’s Included


  • Chip timing
  • Inclusion on the mobile app for live tracking and results
  • Official 2019 technical t-shirt
  • Medal
  • Individual runner number and race pack including kit bag for baggage lorries
  • Kit bag transportation to finish
  • Water stations and gel stations
  • Cheer points, bands and music on course
  • Fuel at the finish
  • Access to the Event Village with food, drink and entertainment, live screens and shopping
  • Training plans
  • Email runner communications and support
  • Course Details
  • For the thousands of participants who travel to the start on Race Day from outside of the city, the new start time of 9:45am will increase public transport options and offer a more convenient timeframe in which to arrive ready and prepared to run.
  • To improve our runners’ experience by removing narrow sections of the routeNorth Street and St James’ Street will not be included in the routes.
  • While these are fantastic locations for crowd support, this will reduce the negative impact for many residents and traders on Race Day.
  • Brighton Buses will be able to maintain their usual Race Day service.
  • Raceday Logistics

    The race starts at 9.45am in Preston Park. Please arrive at least an hour early to allow yourself time to find baggage trucks, warm up and use the toilet facilities ahead of the race starting

    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.

    Please note we do not post out race packs to participants. Race packs for all participants MUST be collected at the Event Village on the Friday and Saturday before Race Day.

    Event Village timings will be announced via participant emails and will be published on the website closer to the 2019 event.

    You must not place anything more than your provided kit bag on the baggage trucks. Participants will be allowed one bag only.

    The Event Village is located on Brighton Beach, east of Brighton Palace Pier, and is adjacent to the finish line on Madeira Drive.

    The Brighton Marathon will start in Preston Park at 9.45am. The BM10k will start from the same location at 9.15am.

    The finish is situated on Madeira Drive, with a huge Event Village for runners and spectators to enjoy. Parking will not be available in the immediate vicinity due to road closures so we advise any spectators going straight to the finish to walk from Brighton Station or park outside of the road closures and walk in. Spectator walking routes and crossing points will be available in the Event Programme and on the website closer to the event.


    Although Brighton has an abundance of B&Bs and hotels, they fill up quickly around the marathon weekend so we'd recommend that you book in nice and early!

    We will be providing a Park and Ride service to get runners and their spectators around, but again, this will likely sell out so book in advance.

    NB. No refunds will be given for bus tickets in case you decide not to run or take the bus.

    We strongly advise against travelling into the city centre on the morning of the event as there will be road closures in place and parking restrictions. We thoroughly recommend using the Park & Ride service, to avoid any potential issues with getting to the start on time.


    With plenty of awesome cheering spots, it will be easy to ensure that the runners get lots of motivation and support all the way around the course. More information on the viewing points and the event village is available in the official Event Programme which will posted on the website in the weeks leading up to the race.


    Volunteer registration will open later in the year. Check back soon for the link in order to register your interest in hearing more about becoming a volunteer.


    Earphones -

    We will not stop you from using a personal music-playing device whilst participating but we strongly recommend that you do not. It is important that you are able to hear what is happening around you, including any emergency services that may be operating.

    Pacers -

    There will be pacers available on Race Day – further information will be provided closer to the event. Look out for them in their respective start corrals in Preston Park (or Withdean Park if you are starting from the fast start).

    Water 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.

    All drinks will be provided to runners in cups. Further information on fluid and fuel will be available soon as well as advice on what and how much to drink during your race.

    Deferrals -

    If you purchased a general entry into the Brighton Marathon but find yourself no longer able to take part due to illness, injury or some other unforeseen circumstance, you have the option to defer your entry to the following year.

    If you have a charity place, you are not able to defer your entry. The entry is owned by the charity who may wish to fill that spot with another runner, however they may be happy to guarantee you one of their spots for the following year’s event.

    Age restrictions -

    The minimum age for marathon participants is 18 on race day – We cannot make any exceptions to this.

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    Reviews (28)

    4.6 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2018

      My first marathon! Absolutely loved it, lovely atmosphere and supporters all the way round the course! can't wait to run it again!
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2019

      Really good course with a central section which gives good access to spectators for multiple sightings. Great crowds as a result and nice route along the coast and beach front. The industrial zone toward the end is tough though, few crowds out there and a head-wind nobody asked for.
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2018

      Brighton was an amazing venue to get to, wonderfully organised and super support along the way. I felt encouraged every step of the way, even when I was struggling from mile 20 with hip trouble, i was spurred on by the crowd. When I finally finished, the staff that handed me my medal made me feel special and like I was the only one who had participated, I also felt it had been totally worth it and it inspired me to energize my running journey to do more.
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2019

      My third time running this marathon, and probably my favourite time too! Race pack collection was quick and painless the day before the run (although I was an Amex cardholder entrant, so I didn't have to join the main queue - I would highly recommend this if the option is available to you) and getting to the start line was relatively pain free as well. The Amex cardholders get their own pen at the start line, with shorter toilet queues and access to Nuffield Health physios before the race, and volunteers are on hand to help with your bags if you're running out of time (I've only handed my own bag into the bag drop once over the three years I've done this!).The course starts off hard, with an almost immediate uphill, before flattening off for a while. The views over the marina on your way out and back from Ovingdean are only spoilt slightly by the undulating course at this point, and once you get back to the seafront proper for the halfway point, the crowds are out in full force. The circuit around Hove tends to be party central, with many people setting up camp in front of their houses, but there was plenty of sweets and orange segments for the taking. The lap around the power station at the far end of the course is the hardest section, with supporters being few and far between.But that final run back along the seafront to the finish line makes it all worth while. It always amazes me how often I see the same signs over and cover again, since the parts in town are so close to each other that supporters can easily move between them to cheer you on at different points, and this final stretch is the pinnacle of that support. And when that finish line comes into view? Perfection, with a short flat sprint to finish off.Bag collection is well arranged across the finish line, with it being turned around slightly this year so you collected your stuff to use the reusable bag provided as your swag bag. And there was so much free stuff being given out (mostly of the food and drink variety), it almost makes those 26.2 miles of torture worth it. The event village on the beach is heaving by the end, but there are numbered flags set up on the beach for easy meeting points to help you find family and friends. Make sure to arrange this beforehand, as phone coverage is spotty at best down on the beach with that many people all trying to get hold of each other.All in all it was a great day, and I really enjoyed the run this year.
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2019

      This is definitely my next choice after London Marathon, and less stressful too! The start area is very calm and well spaced out. The course is beautiful, just beware the sneaky little hill at mile 4, before you get to the big hills of the cliff tops. I've run Brighton twice now and the organisation impressed me both times. Plenty of drinks and amazing crowd support.
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2019

      Very much a half and half race. First four are narrow city streets. Make sure u want a fast start to get in a earlier corral.. Once on the sea front its long stretches of road. That seem to on forever. First 13 miles are undulating Second is pretty flat.. Crowds on the city parts, Hove road and Final mile are brilliant but the rest are fairly quiet in comparison. Its very well organised but prepare for a walk at the finish to get to your meeting point.
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2019

      It was tough but Ive enjoyed the experience, I will definitely do it again.The atmosphere was great.
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2019

      Brighton was my 1st marathon; fabulous organisation from start to finish and post race comms too. Hillier than I was expecting so was even more challenging. Great medal, goody bag and t shirt.
    • Did the Brighton Marathon in 2019

      Great crowds, would have preferred bottled water on the course. Really resented having to pick up the bib in person the day before which is an utter waste of time and money. Good finisher shirt. Bit windy on the day, but that's just bad luck.
    • Did the 10K in 2019

      Unfortunately I couldnt do the marathon this year, but I was able to switch and do the 10k. Really helpful member of the team told me how to transfer my race. Friendly helpful volunteers again from collecting my number up until I crossed the finish line. Bag did arrive later than planned, but received an apology straight away along with an explanation. Still loved the run and atmosphere

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      John W11th May
      Hi can you let me know when the park and ride will be available to book please thanks


      Steph E13th May
      Hey there, just to let you know that the park and ride booking will open in early 2020. All the best!

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