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Brighton Half Marathon

1 race scheduled · 12000 participants · Sun 27th Jun 2021 · Brighton
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About this event

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.

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Tickets available until Sun Feb 02 2020

What's included:

  • Fully marked course
  • Water stations
  • Pacers
  • First aid support
Brighton Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 27th Jun 2021

Run 13.1mi

Youth Race Brighton Half
9:20am Sun 27th Jun 2021

Run 1mi

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4.4
59 reviews
Will
Star
4.7
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!… read more
Paddy
Star
4.3
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… read more
Adrian
Star
4.7
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!… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.… read more
FAQ
Where can I find results for the Brighton Half Marathon?
Results will be posted to https://www.brightonhalfmarathon.com/ after the race.… read more
FAQ
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.… read more
Route description
Route description

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.

Will
Star
4.7
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!
Paddy
Star
4.3
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
Adrian
Star
4.7
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!
Ben
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5.0
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!
Debbie
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4.7
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!!!
Isabel
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2.3
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.
Guy
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4.7
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.
Li
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4.7
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!
Kate
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Nothing
Julian
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4.7
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.
Laura
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4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
No, the website was very helpful and all of the communication was great.
Kate
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4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
It was a great race, I always enjoy the Brighton half. Not sure about the course, I guess it breaks the monotony of running from Rottengdin to the lagoon.
Lara
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Be good to have names printed on running number. Good course, really well supported, great atmosphere, nice medal.
David
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3.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Getting to and from the bag drop off takes such a long time due to its location being so far from the start/finish line, plus the crowd of runners, means if you dont factor in an extra 20mins for this you dont have enough time to warm up. Be nice to have some gels at at least one station, perhaps by the 10mile station
Ali
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3.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Trying to get to the bag drop, start line (correct pen) and portaloos was impossible. Bag drop was 500m past the start through the narrowest of walk ways with no signposting or Marshall and huge queues when you actually got there. Despite getting to the venue with plenty of time, we almost missed the start and had to weave throu hundreds of people in the first 5kms to get up to pace as we started with the 1.45-2 hour group (we were both aiming for 1hour 34). Great spectators atmosphere but the start ruined it. No free t-shirt either.
Olle
Star
4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Really enjoyed the event and the run. I may have missed a map or email along the way but a better map or signposting of the event village would have been massively helpful. Signs on Marine parade pointing out where the luggage tent was would have been great.
Mike
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4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Good event, well organised and easy to enter and exit on the day. Baggage collection after the event was a little hectic but understandable with x1,000 runners hitting the collection tents within minutes
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
I've run this half on numerous occasions and the only thing that keeps me coming back is that it's 3 miles from my door. Otherwise it's far too expensive with far too many runners as the course gets crowded, made even worse this year by the change in route.
Amin
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4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Overall it was great. The only downside was that there were not enough water stations. The weather did get warm and I wouldve liked a few more extra water stations.
Alex
Star
4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Great weekend! Stayed down in Brighton in a hotel opposite the start line! Everything worked well! Didn't use the luggage drop this year as foundckast year it's quite a long way from the finish!
Craig
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
traffic was a nightmare around Brighton which is to be expected so just be aware and plan accordingly.
Russ
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4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
I find the bag drop essential as you get so cold so quickly afterwards. But it was carnage pre race getting too it then back on yourself to the start line. Main reason was due to the number of non runners/ dogs/ prams etc. It was a great day though, very enjoyable thank you
Simon
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
First ever visit to Brighton and what a fantastic way to see Brighton on a very bright and chilly Sunday morning.
Stuart
Star
4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
No all good
barry
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4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Brilliant!
Nigel
Star
5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Amazing race. Awesome organisation
Phoebe
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4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
It wasnreally good even though I didnt have a great race personally. It was a little crowded for the first 4 miles or so but thats my only downfall really!
Alun
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4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
I do like this race; a tough first half to the course. Great organisation apart from one aspect. The start area is impossible! We arrived at 8.20am. We managed to change, drop off bags and get to the loo, but I made my section at 8.58am. You need to stop supporters from being in the start area before the race. Runners get stressed out trying to navigate slow moving supporters with push chairs, dogs and small children. After the race - fine!
Mark
Star
4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Race was well organized, good atmosphere, well posted and great all round. However no free t-shirt which would have been nice given the cost of the event
Tom
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3.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
It takes a long time to get to the bag drop and toilets then back to the start pens due to congestion of runners and spectators.
Harriet
Star
5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Dont get to the start too early as its cold! The hairpin turn 5 or so miles in is so sharp, great support from the crowd and fab snacks and medals
Sam
Star
4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Despite the artic breeze blowing it was a gorgeous sunny day when I arrived at 8am. Needless to say no-one wanted to take off their tops and leave them at the well signposted bag drop :-) Dropping your gear off was easy and then we made our way to clearly marked pens (by colour). AFter the excitement built, we were off...The race itlsef was very well organised, route was clear although I missed the mile markers after 10 miles...but by then my mind was elsewhere...like being able to continue into the wind for the last few miles. The crowds were unsuprisingly deepest in town but also it was great to have crowds cheer us on as we headed uphill out of town towards Saltdean. Oner the leg into Hove the crowd thinned out a bit but we did get a few cheers and very welcome water/fizzy sports drinks handed out.
ben
Star
4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Overall really good. Start / Bag drop could have been much better organised by having a one way system, only people can come in from the back
Phyl
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4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Good race, though bag drop was too far from the start/finish
Tim
Star
4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
It was a fast course and the atmosphere was top notch - welldone. Shame about the road surfaces and the pot holes but I understand the council are awful with helping out with this kind of thing!
Kevin
Star
4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Bag drop was very far from the start, so only arrived in pen with a few minutes to spare.
Clare
Star
3.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
It was so busy at the start I didnt get time to go to the toilet before the race or put my bag in the drop area. I had to leave my bag under a table in the Macmillan tent. If I carried on walking to the toilets I would of missed the start. It was a good atmosphere just could of had more toilets spread around and the bag drop not so far out.
Andrew
Star
4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Overall very well organised and run, only one issue, it was difficult to get in the start gates the marshalls were over zealous in trying to make runners get in via the specific entrance points which were few and far between - there was really no need to be like that, I ended up jumping the barrier to get in my gate
Haydn
Star
5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Only criticism I would have is that the starting pen was crowded.
Mark
Star
4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
The only problem, small one, is getting to the baggage drop before the race. it is so busy
Paul
Star
4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Need to work out how to stay warm on the start.
Shawn
Star
4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
There are plenty of water stations. It would be ideal is fuel gels were offered.
Aoife
Star
5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
I wish I had recovered from injury sooner as this is a perfect course for a PB. Hydration is well provided around the course.The crowd AND marshals are amazing, even when you're close to giving up they'll spur you on.Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and scenery.
Bruce
Star
5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Well organized great fast route and well be back.
Graham
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4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Did the race in 2016 when they messed up the distance so used the discount offered to enter 2018. Not a fan as if you are local then the course is boring (much prefer Hastings). For those from out of town then very enjoyable route, not as flat as some people think.Expensive considering no shirt this year, pretty well organised although access to start pens could be better, the rout change made it better than last time I ran it. Water station at Hove Lagoon caused congestion as it is very narrow there and runners crossing to get drinks without looking saw a few trips.
Steve
Star
5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
total elevation gain and course on Strava
Alex
Star
3.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
The bag drop areas were a long way from the start line and with limited pavement space (between the start pens and the hospitality tents) and large crowds, took ages to get to and caused some unneeded stress before the race. It would have been easier to have walked along Marine Parade and down the steps rather than have to push through the crowds of people not actually running the event.Also, the bag drop tents don't have any queuing system in place. My recommendation to runners would be to not bother joining any queue - any queue loosely in place when I finished and went to collect my bag quickly disintegrated as new-comers just pushed to the front.Finally, great that sponsors give our their product along the course, but really have to question why 500ml bottles of Lucozade are given out along the course. I saw hundreds and hundreds almost full bottles discarded.
Daren
Star
3.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Baggage drop was chaotic. Most competitors arrive from the western end of Marine Parade, but had to walk to the far end of Marine Parade to get to baggage drop through all the waiting runners and huge crowds. How about a one way system to get in/out of baggage drop or relocating baggage area?
Sara
Star
3.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
No
Anneka
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Excellent- other than being freezing! Always needs more toilets.
Ciaran
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Good course but very busy at the start. Bring your own gels as they are not provided like in some races
Nicolas
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4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Great. it was cold though, but not much you can do about it :)
Gilles
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4.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
N/A
Chris
Star
4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Be prepared for the wind, as with the location some of the race will have the wind in your face.
Aimee
Star
4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
It was a really good race. It's the first time I've run it but speaking to others who had run it previously starting with the hill was the preferred route.The last 5km into a headwind along the sea front was tough.
Joe
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Great atmosphere!
Robin
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4.3
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Great course overall- out on the quietest leg first, then back into the town, then out along the seafront and back, with a steady wall of supporters in the last few miles, and well supported throughout. Fab event - my second time and probably not last. Very well organised and supported.
Tessa
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5.0
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Loved every minute, preferred the course this year I liked going straight out over the marina.
Gareth
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4.7
Did the Brighton Half Marathon in 2018
Love this race, though the course is not perfect, its not far off... and love the atmosphere.
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

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: [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 this event each year in many different roles.

There are 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 the baggage facility.

If you're interested in signing up then follow the link here:

https://lets-do-this.typeform.com/to/jcfjO1LA#eventid=61060

How to get there

The Sussex Beacon, 10 Bevendean Rd, Brighton BN2 4DE, 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.

Car

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 https://www.brightonhalfmarathon.com/race-day/travel/

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 yourparkingspace.co.uk.

Train

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.

Coach

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: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.
FAQ
Where can I find results for the Brighton Half Marathon?
Results will be posted to https://www.brightonhalfmarathon.com/ after the race.
FAQ
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.
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