Brighton Half Marathon

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Enjoy this stunning seafront half marathon. Great for all runners, this scenic, almost-flat route sticks to the seaside with great views throughout. Come for the finisher’s medal and the opportunity for a post-race dip in the sea.
Youth Race Brighton Half, and Brighton Half Marathon
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Sun 10th Oct 2021
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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<5m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Madeira Dr, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2, UK
Start times
Brighton Half Marathon:
Youth Race Brighton Half:
Races summary
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Youth Race Brighton Half
Brighton Half Marathon
Route information
Miles 1 – 3
Starting on Madeira Drive, you’ll turn right at the SeaLife Centre, towards Ovingdean, passing regal Royal and Lewes Crescent architecture on your left.
Continuing on Marine Drive and the bracing cliff tops, the race will head towards the Blind Veterans UK centre, where a sharp turn on the road before the Greenways Roundabout will bring you back west towards Brighton, enjoying wonderful cliff top and panoramic city views.
Miles 3 – 7
Picking up the pace as you run past the iconic blue railings on Marine Parade, spot Brighton Palace Pier on your left.
At Aquarium Roundabout the race heads north, past the grandeur of the Royal Pavilion towards the majesty of St Peter’s Church. Turning at Gloucester Place, you head south back down Grand Parade to the Old Steine before turning right onto Grand Junction Road.
In mile 7 you’ll hit The Grand Hotel Brighton (our headline sponsor) – look out for their Community Stage full of entertainment to pep you up! The course heads towards Hove next, and you’ll be able to spot the West Pier on the horizon, plus the British Airways i360
Miles 7 – 13.1
Once past the two piers, you will head into Hove along the Kings Road with the majestic cream regency architecture on your right and the sea on your left. Past the King Alfred Leisure Centre, you will run to Hove Lagoon before turning left onto the seafront.
A great two mile run past the colourful beach huts of Hove will bring you back to the Peace Statue, where the race re-joins the road for the last dash past cheering crowds to the finish on Madeira Drive.
Drinks Stations
Drinks stations will be positioned at miles 2,6, 8, and 11. High5 will also be available in miles 8 and 11.
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What's included
  • Fully marked course
  • Water stations
  • Pacers
  • First aid support
How to get there
Madeira Dr, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2, UK
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Start Address: Madeira Drive, Brighton
Getting to Brighton & Hove is easy but it’s good to be prepared for race day by getting your travel arrangements sorted as soon as possible.
The city is served by a direct rail link from London, the Eurostar Service at St Pancras, as well as being easily accessible from the major ports of Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton and the local port of Newhaven.
The start and finish is situated on Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront between Brighton Pier and Brighton Marina.
There is no parking on Madeira Drive, and the course will be closed from 8:15am. There is a Park and Ride service available, which can be booked in advance
Locations for the park and ride will be available closer to the event date.
Parking in the city: If you are looking to park in the city, there are NCP car parks in the centre of Brighton and roads close to race village where you may be able to park – please note however that these get busy so we advise arriving early. There are also private car parking spaces available to book at
If you are coming to the race village from the train station, take Queens Road south to the seafront, turn left and head towards Brighton Pier. The start will be clearly visible on the East side of the pier.
Coaches into the city typically drop off at Poole Valley, which is very close to race village. Check the National Express website for coach services:
Event day logistics
07:00 Race Village and Help Desk Tent Opens
09:00 Youth Race Starts
09:27 Wheelchair Race Starts
09:30 Half Marathon Starts
14:00 Race Village Closes
Road closures
In order for The Grand Brighton Half Marathon to be safe for everyone involved there will be road closures.
The following roads will be closed (timings are approximations only):
  • 04:00-18:00 – Madeira Drive
  • 08:15-10:00 – Old Steine, Marlborough Place, Gloucester Place, Grand Parade, Pavilion Parade
  • 08:15-11:15 – Marine Parade, Marine Drive
  • 08:15-13:00 – Kings Road to West Street (Westbound & Eastbound lanes)
  • 09:15 – 12:00 / 13:00 – Kings Road, Kingsway (Westbound lane only)
Wherever possible, alternate routes will be advised and signed on the day of the event.
All the road closures will be staffed by event stewards.
All closure points will be marshalled. If you require more information please email:
IMPORTANT: Please note that the course and timings are provisional at this stage and may be subject to change.
Is there a minimum age requirement for the Brighton Half Marathon?
Yes, runners must be 17 and over on race day for the Half Marathon. There is also a youth race available for those between 7-17.
Where can I find results for the Brighton Half Marathon?
Results will be posted to after the race.
Is there a cut-off time for the Brighton Half Marathon?
A sweeper bus will follow runners at a 3.5 hour pace. Any runners running slower than this will be asked to move to the pavement to complete the event.
59 reviews
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2019
This is the fourth year Ive run Brighton Half, and Im already looking forward to a fifth. The course is pretty flat, but does undulate, keeping it interesting. Being on the coast, theres always the threat of a stiff breeze (and being in the UK, as with any race theres always a threat of rain) but even so, the support is fantastic and covers almost the full length of the course (which is fully closed roads). My only gripe would be the water - Im very glad they moved on from the awful pouches used a couple of years ago, but the compostable cups they used this year were under-full and difficult to drink from - a particular issue on a warm race-day like this one was. As I hope most people do, I support minimising the environmental impact of the race, but I think in this case theres a middle-ground to be found. Overall its a great race though - which I guess is why 12,000 people entered (and 9,000 ran) this year!
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2019
Wonderful atmosphere. 2nd half is nice and flat. It's easy to overdo it and leave nothing in the tank in the miles at the beginning
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2019
Great course, organisation and atmosphere. 1 more water station would be good and squeezy plastic bottles instead of cups would be much better!
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2019
Big fan of the Brighton course, maximising the unique feel of the alternative area. With local DJ Fatboy Slim kicking off proceedings and the course encompassing the Marina, centre and coastline. Recommend getting to the event early as its busy and if you are chasing a time, get to the front of your wave early enough not to get stuck in traffic that skied your opening few miles. Look forward to seeing more of my running buddies there next year!
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Have run this race for the second year running and myself and friend had a great time! We made a weekend of it to so was even more enjoyable. Very well organised, fantastic support and marshals on route full credit to.. The only minor problem we did incur was the distance between the bag drop off point to the start of the race. It was very congested and we really struggled before the race to get through which left us with only minutes to get to our pen before the start of the race. We hadnt given ourselves time to walk such a long distance between the both and it was completely blocked with runners trying to get through both ways. Other than that we had a fantastic time. All booked up already for 2019!!!
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
I really didn't enjoyed Brighton Half 2018. There were too many people for the course, for example pre race it was getting very dangerous with the amount of people, both runners and spectators. I (alongside others) really struggled to find the baggage drop, even though I arrived with over an hour to prepare. I had to sprint to the start.Finishing, I had to wait over 30 minutes in very cold conditions in a queue to get my bag and warm clothes.
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Small detail, but it would be good to include estimated transfer times from the park and ride sites. It all ran very smoothly, but I had to ask around a lot beforehand to work out when I needed to arrive at the park and ride. Finding and getting to your start pen through the crowds was a bit hit and miss. I'll know what to look out for next time, but it was a sea of people crammed into a very narrow walkway by the charity village and I don't think many had a clue which way they were supposed to be going. Other than that, all good.
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
The baggage drop/collection is so far away from the start point. There is always a huge bottle neck in order to get to the baggage area due to the narrow pavement available to walk on,, and queues for toilets// people going to the charity tebts. The baggage drop could akso be better sign posted!
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
GreatWell organised, plenty of vocal support, drink stations and especially liked the bands playing along the course.A slight downside is the bottleneck of people as you walk along Madeira Drive to the bag drop and then back to the pens. It is a bit stressy.Thats the only one though.
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Recent Questions
Denis Fowle
It says sold out ? Will any other places become available? I can't run for a charity as already run for one. " Lilac's little legs" find her on Facebook. Please let me know. Thanks
Steph Ede
Hi there. Just to let you know that you can still enter the Brighton Half Marathon with a 'Standard Entry' and raise money and run for a charity of your choice
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