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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.

Review summary

4.4
59 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Adrian B
"Great course, organisation and atmosphere. 1 more water station would be good..."

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Will D
"This is the fourth year Ive run Brighton Half, and Im already looking forward..."

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Paddy C
"Wonderful atmosphere. 2nd half is nice and flat. It's easy to overdo it and..."
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Distances in this event

  1. Brighton Half Marathon

    Run 21.097km
    Up to 0% off
    £38–£40
    Sold out, Charity places available
  2. Youth Race Brighton Half

    Run 1mi
    £9
    Sold out

Brighton Half Marathon routes

The route

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.

Event details

  • Road
  • Flat
  • Closed roads
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Sold out last year
  • 12000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

The next Grand Brighton Half Marathon is on Sunday 25 February 2018. The start and finish of the race are on Madeira Drive next to the Steve Ovett statue

Our Youth Race runners will run 1 mile on the course of the Half Marathon route, finishing to glory on the finish line of the main race on Madeira Drive, Brighton. The race is a unique and fun chance for athletes in the making to experience the buzz of a big race.

Raceday Logistics

Race day timings

6.30am Park and Ride site opens

7:00am Race Village and Help Desk tent opens

8:15am Road closures start

8:30am Half marathon runners proceed to start pens

8:57am Wheelchair Race starts

9:00am Half marathon starts

9:20am Youth Race starts

11:00am Half marathon prize presentations

Road closures

In order for The Grand Brighton Half Marathon to be safe for everyone involved we need to close some roads. We work closely with Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council and The AA to ensure that there is minimum disruption across the city.

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.

Other roads adjacent to these roads may be affected.

All closure points will be marshalled. If you require more information please email: [email protected]

IMPORTANT: Please note that the course and timings are provisional at this stage and may be subject to change.

Volunteers

450+ volunteers support us each year in many different roles.

We have lots of volunteers on race day, from helping out with road marshalling to handing out drinks at the drinks stations, medals at the finish line and helping in our baggage facility. We’ll do our very best to allocate your preferred role and will contact all registered volunteers in January 2018 with further information.

FAQs

Rules of the race

The 2018 Brighton Half Marathon is currently organised and administered by The Sussex Beacon Limited (Charity Number 298388) whose registered office is at Bevendean Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 4DE. (“we” or “us” which expression includes our employees, event officials, authorised agents, sub-contractors or volunteers).

Please note that our intention is that a new Community Interest Company (not-for-profit organisation) will operate the 2018 event under license to the Sussex Beacon. Your event registration will be transferred to the CIC at the date of incorporation.

Personal health and fitness

You understand that participating in this event is potentially hazardous, and you should not enter and participate unless you are medically able and properly trained.

We recommend that you consult your doctor prior to undertaking training for a half marathon. It is your responsibility to make sure you are medically fit and capable of running the Brighton Half Marathon. We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to stop any runner from taking part if we deem him or her unfit to run, including mid-race removal from the course where necessary.

Medical treatment while attending the Brighton Half Marathon

By entering this event, you are confirming that should you require any medical treatments during your attendance at the event, whether before, during or after the actual run, they may be administered by the events’ official medically qualified personnel.

Entry

You must not under any circumstances give your race number to anyone else. Amongst other potential problems, doing so may cause problems of identification for the event medical services in the case of any accident or injury. Any attempt to do so will result in immediate disqualification of the individual(s) concerned and ejection from the event.

Bikes, stilts, roller skates, skate boards, buggies, etc

Participants are not permitted to use any of the above or similar in the event and those attempting to do so will be prohibited from starting and may be forcibly removed from the course mid-race where necessary. Likewise, anyone attempting to start or join the race in any outfit that we, in our absolute discretion, deem unsuitable and/or dangerous to other competitors or spectators, will not be allowed to start the event or, if on the course, may be forcibly removed from the event.

Toilets

We know there can never be enough toilets, but we try to ensure that you don’t have to queue too long on race day. In addition to the existing public toilets at the Colonnade Cafe and Peter Pan playground there are portable toilets and urinals at the following locations on Madeira Drive adjacent to the start pens.

Baggage

The baggage marquee will be clearly marked in the race village. Rather than accessing via Madeira Drive, we encourage runners to access baggage from the road overhead, Marine Parade, to avoid crowds. Attached to the bottom of your race number is a perforated baggage label. If you wish to use our baggage facility this should be detached and looped around the handle of your bag before handing it over.

Cancellation of the event

We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to cancel, delay or postpone the event due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances out of our reasonable control. In such cases we will endeavour to inform participants as quickly as is possible. Where the event has to be cancelled, delayed or postponed due to circumstances outside of our reasonable control (including for the avoidance of doubt due to adverse weather conditions or as a result of instructions from the emergency services) we shall not be liable for any inconvenience, expenses, costs, losses or damages suffered by participants. Where the event has to be cancelled, delayed or postponed due to circumstances that were within our reasonable control, our entire liability in respect of any inconvenience, expenses, costs, losses or damages suffered by you as a result will be limited to the entry price you have paid to take part in the event.

Finisher pack

Only those who finish the Brighton Half Marathon will be entitled to a Finisher’s Medal. Please do not ask for more than one as marshals have been instructed to only issue one per person and of course your receiving more than one, may deny another Finisher from receiving this item.

Use of image

By taking part in the event you grant full and irrevocable permission to us, as organisers of the Brighton Half Marathon, and any third parties authorised by us to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, website images, recordings or any other record of this event that may include your image.

Race numbers

The race number you will be given relates to the predicted finishing time that you put down on your entry form. Please complete the relevant medical details on the back of the race number if you have any medical condition or are taking any medication(s).

Timing chip

Timing chips will be attached to your running number, which will be sent in your pack.

Animals

Animals will not be permitted on the Brighton Half Marathon course. We are unable to allow guide dogs on the course but can offer a free place to guide runners. E-mail us at [email protected]

Refunds / Cancellations / Transfers

The moment you enter our race we start to incur administration costs and banking charges, simply in processing your entry and payment. We also incur further charges in administering cancellations and processing refund payments.

No refunds are given. This applies also if the race has to be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances outside our control, for instance due to a bomb scare. Your entry fee is invested in the cost of staging the event, and the main costs to contractors, suppliers, administration etc. are already committed well before race day.

Furthermore most races do not offer any form of refund at all if a runner decides to cancel their place because of injury, illness, lack of training or change of plan. There are many other instances of higher priced services, such as plane, train or theatre tickets where no refunds can be given for cancellation in these circumstances.

We reserve the right to refuse or cancel applications, including duplicate applications, or alter the date of the event, the course route or distance.

No transfer of entries from one runner to another will be authorised or permitted.

Duplicate entries

Duplicate entries made in genuine error will be refunded in full.

We reserve the right to cancel all entries and donate all entry fees to one of the race charities where we have reason to believe that duplicate entries have been deliberately made by an applicant with the intention of subsequent re-sale – i.e. ‘ticket touting’.

Where duplicate entries are made for different categories of entry we reserve the right to decide which category of entry will apply and which will be cancelled. For instance where an applicant has applied for both a general public place and a reserved fundraising place (e.g. official race charity or corporate challenge) we will normally decide to cancel the general public place in favour of the fundraising place.

Brighton Half Marathon weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

8°C
Predicted highs
4°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 11mph

Brighton Half Marathon reviews (59)

4.4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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 letsdothis.com 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

    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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