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For a chance to enter the immensely popular Brighton Marathon you must register your interest by 19th October 2020. General entries reopen soon - but will be extremely limited so don't miss out on the second largest marathon in the UK.

Review summary

35 Reviews
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  • Atmosphere


Ed W
"Really enjoyed this race. Only trained for 2 months so wasn’t super confident..."
"Great event! Thanks so much was great can’t wait for next year. I will try to..."


francis w
"fun day out, made even better by getting my pb and a big pub lunch to..."
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How to enter the Brighton Marathon Weekend

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    Run 10km
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  3. BM Ride

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Brighton Marathon Weekend routes


This is an absolutely spectacular run along the Brighton seafront with an unrivalled atmosphere that will carry you from the start to finish.


Marathon - 26.2 Miles + BM 10k

The course begins at Preston Park and the first half will take runners through in the town of Brighton for 8k before heading out on to the seafront. Then a lovely run along the seafront.

BM 10k - Finish along the seafront

Halfway point
- An absolutely incredible atmosphere as you head pass the pier.

Second Half
- You head back into the town for an incredibly flat 8k and then you go through an industrial park before you head back out on to the seafront for the final 6k.

The course finishes at the point as the Halfway point.

The start you will run up a fairly steep hill for about 500m. The run along the seafront is relatively undulating. Depending on the wind you could be running the final 6k into quite a strong headwind. Other than that this is a very fast course with a good chance of smashing a PB.

Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races

The 2021 Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races will take place on 17th April 2021.

The event is open to 7-17 year olds and gives over 2,000 youngsters a chance to experience and participate in the Brighton Marathon Weekend. Starting and finishing in Preston Park, the races take place over a one mile course within a race village complete with entertainment, stage, screen and food & drink. There is something for all the family to come along and enjoy.

Youtube video of the Mini Mile Race -

BM Ride

Minimum age as of date of event: 14 years old

Taking place on Sunday a few hours before the BM10k and Brighton Marathon, BM Ride will offer cyclists of all abilities the exclusive opportunity to enjoy the sights of Brighton city centre and the seafront on closed roads over a 50km distance.

Whether a keen cyclist who is heading out for a group ride, a family wanting to ride together or someone looking for a new challenge, BM Ride will have something for you.


The Pacing Team, powered by 2XU, will be running with you on Race Day – further information on the times they will be pacing will be in your Participant Instructions, issued in the months preceding 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), they will have balloons attached to them.


The roads around the course must follow a strict re-opening schedule. We have worked this out so that even if someone was just continually walking fast (and we do not advocate 'walking' – we expect every entrant to be able to jog for at least significant portions of the race), they will be able to finish the race on the actual road surface of the route.

However, anyone moving around the course at slower than 6 hour 40 pace (that is slower than 4 miles an hour), may be told to move on to the pavement and in effect regard themselves as a pedestrian. Most of the last five miles are not on public roads, so this should not be a problem.

BM Ride cut-off time

The ride takes place immediately before the BM10k; in order not to disrupt the BM10k, riders will be expected to maintain an average speed of 18km / 11 miles per hour.

A sweep vehicle system will be in place to collect any riders who fall behind this time limit or otherwise cannot continue due to injury, fatigue, mechanical failure, etc.

Meeting Friends and Family

After you collect your bag, the first area you will come across in the Event Village is the Gatwick Runner Arrivals Area, which will have numbered (1-12) flags making it easier for you to find your supporters. This is the best place to arrange to meet friends and family after the event. Make sure you agree a number with them to meet at before you start. Please bear in mind that many will finish later than their predicted finishing time. It will also take you at least 20 minutes to collect your finisher items from the Baggage Area and to reach the Gatwick Runner Arrivals Area, so please factor this in.

BEACH VILLAGE - Brighton Pier

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

Mechanical Assistance

There will be mechanical assistance on and off the route to assist with any breakdowns. We do suggest, however, that you ensure that your bike is in good working order before the BM Ride and that all participants carry spare inner tubes in case they get a puncture.

BM ride pack

The following items are included in your Rider Pack:
- Wristband – must be worn in order to gain access to your start pen
- Bike number – attach to your handlebar
- 2 x cables ties – use to attach bike number to your handlebar
- Bag drop label – to attach to your bag

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Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • Inclusion on the mobile app for live tracking and results
  • Official technical t-shirt
  • Medal
  • Individual runner number and race pack including kit bag for baggage lorries
  • Kit bag transportation to finish
  • Toilets
  • Water stations and gel stations
  • Cheer points, bands and music on course
  • Fuel at the finish
  • Access to the Beach Village with food, drink and entertainment, live screens and shopping
  • Training plans
  • Email runner communications and support
Raceday Logistics



10:00am - 7.00pm: Beach Village Open

11.00am - 7.00pm: Race & Rider Pack Collection


9.30am - 7.00pm: Beach Village Open

10.00am - 7.00pm: Race & Rider Pack Collection

10.00am - 4.00pm: Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races


6:45am - BM Ride Start

9:00am - BM10k Start

9.45am - Brighton Marathon Start

8:30am - 6:00pm: Beach Village Open

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.

Choosing your start corral:

On arrival at the Race Pack Collection marquee, please join the Brighton Marathon queue. You can choose the lane that corresponds to the time you predict you will finish now you have completed your training. Do not worry if this is different to the time you submitted when signing up. The desks and queues will be colour coded to match the Start Corral / finish time you choose. If your chosen corral is already full, you will be allocated the next available, slower time.


Red - Under 3:30:00
Blue - 3:30:00 - 4:00:00
Yellow - 4:00:00 - 4:30:00
Pink - 4:30:00 - 5:00:00
Green - Over 5:00:00

Race pack collection:

Pack's must be collected on Friday 16th April and Saturday 17th April 2021.

Please note that there will be times that are busier than others, and you can expect to queue for longer if you arrive during peak hours.

11am – 1pm BUSY (expect queues)

12pm – 2pm SHORT WAIT TIME
2pm – 7pm BUSY (expect queues)

Kit List

Fancy dress

Yes, this is allowed of course, but please bear in mind the race day weather conditions and appropriate fluid intake should your fancy dress layers leave you needing extra hydration.

Please contact the office should your outfit in anyway be restrictive to your running or may in any way impact upon any other runners in the event.

BM Ride

A full suggested kit list will be provided as part of the Rider Information Guide nearer the event, however the key things you will require are as follows:
- A bike in good working order
- A helmet
- Spare inner tubes in case you get a puncture
- A bike bottle with water / energy product of your choice
- Warm clothes for after the ride


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear headphones at the Brighton Marathon?
Please do not use a personal music-playing device whilst participating in the event as it is important that you can hear what is happening around you, especially when it comes to maintaining social distancing.
Can I defer my place at the Brighton Marathon?
Yes, you can defer your entry to the following year if you can't take part due to illness, injury or other unforeseen circumstances.
Where can I find results for the Brighton Marathon?
You can find finisher photos and results on the Brighton Marathon Weekend website after the race.
Does any of the entrant fee for the Brighton Marathon go to charity?
No, the entrant fee goes towards the cost of putting on the event. However the event works closely with local, national and international charities in helping them to raise millions of pounds for their causes. Each year, around 300 charities benefitted from an association with the event.
What is the minimum age for Marathon and 10k Participants
The minimum age for marathon participants is 18 on race day, and participants for the BM10k must be 17 on race day.
How can I change my race time for the Brighton Marathon?
You can change your estimated finish time by accessing your account via: Once logged in, please select the drop down in the top right corner, and then ‘Participant Dashboard’, from here you can update your details.
What does registering my interest mean?
Registering your interest means you will have the opportunity to purchase general entry when we reopen at 8am on Thursday October 22nd. You will not be guaranteed entry by registering your interest.
What is the Beach Village?
The Beach Village is open all weekend and is an event on its own, and is host to race pack collection, retail, massage, and food & drinks as well as the big screen and Charity Village.
Are there any restrictions on the kind of bike I can use for the BM Ride?
This year is the first time a limited number of E-bikes will be permitted. They must comply with current UK/EU legal requirements for 'electrically assisted pedal cycles' (EAPCs). If you wish to participate on an e-bike you much inform us at [email protected] prior to purchasing your ticket.
What do I do if I can't collect my race pack?
You can nominate someone else to collect your race pack such as a friend or family member

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Brighton Marathon Weekend reviews (35)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest in 2020

    I raced my first ever Virtual Brighton Marathon on the 4th October 2020. Hideous weather with rain and winds up to 40mph. I set a route from Littlehampton to Brighton the. back into Hove to finish.
  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest in 2019

    Really chuffed to get my first marathon done and what a great day out! Lovely course - I particularly enjoyed running along the coast - well organised and great supporters!
  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest in 2019

    My fifth full marathon and one of the best! also a great excuse for a pub lunch in Brighton! Bring on the next one!
  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest in 2018

    fun day out, made even better by getting my pb and a big pub lunch to celebrate! Would definitely recommend
  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest in 2019

    Great event! Thanks so much was great can’t wait for next year. I will try to beat my Personal best next year
  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest in 2019

    Really enjoyed this race. Only trained for 2 months so wasn’t super confident about it by the crowd were awesome and got me through it!
  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest in 2019

    First time running the Brighton Marathon and loved it. Great pre race information and organisation on the day. Loads of toilets before the start and well organised starting corrals. The course itself, whilst having a few hills in places, wasn’t as bad as expected. The elevation is all in the first half of the race. The section put by the power station was as to be expected given it comes at the point where your legs are starting to really feel it. Strong head wind on the return leg from the power station was a real battle but once got back towards the city the crowds started to build and will you on the way. The crowds were brilliant - loads of support for majority of the route, particularly in the city itself. Have signed up for 2020 and very much looking forward to it.
  • Did the Brighton Marathon - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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 - Register Your Interest 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.
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