Brighton Marathon Weekend

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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.

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34 Reviews
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Distances in this event

  1. Brighton Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Free
    Tickets & Charity places available
  2. 10K

    Run 10km
    £32.50
    Tickets & Charity places available
  3. Mini Mile

    Run 1mi
  4. BM Ride

    Bike 50km
    £42.50
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THE COURSE

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

COURSE SPECIFICS

Marathon - 26.2 Miles + BM 10k

Start - Preston Park

First Half - You will run 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.

Finish - Same spot as the Halfway point.

The course - Mainly a completely flat road course.

Challenging points - 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 2020 Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races will take place on Saturday 18th April 2020. Entries will open in early 2020.

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 - https://youtu.be/-YJmwTCrUh0

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.

PACERS

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.

FLUID AND FUEL 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.

A list of miles / km with water and/or fuel will be included in your Participant Instructions.

BM Ride Water stations

Water stations will be available at the half way point. We encourage participants to bring with them the nutrition that they require for the ride.

There will be food and drink concessions at the Velo Village.

A recovery area will be available at the finish line with recovery drinks.

HEADPHONES

Personal music devices are permitted whilst participating but it is strongly recommend that you do not use one.

It is important that you are able to hear what is happening around you, including any emergency services that may be operating.

Please note that you will be held strictly and solely liable if found to be responsible for harm to yourself or any third party, as a result of wearing a personal music-playing device. However, we do recommend the earphones with bone conduction technology that allow the wearer to listen to music while still being aware of their surroundings.

CUT-OFF TIME FOR THE MARATHON

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.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY

Non-racing wheelchair users are welcome to take part in the Brighton Marathon and BM10k.

If you wish to enter in a non-racing wheelchair, you will start at the rear of the race for carefully considered health & safety reasons associated with the course terrain and density of runners in parts.

We also strongly advise that you are accompanied by an able-bodied runner throughout the 26.2 miles to support you for the above reasons but you can take part independently if you wish.

Event details

  • Road
  • Flat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Sold out last year
  • Closed roads
  • 18000 participants

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2020 Brighton Marathon Reopening - Register Your Interest! Entries reopen soon for the unforgettable 2020 Brighton Marathon. Dont miss out on your chance to experience the incredible atmosphere, unmissable seaside route and phenomenal crowd support of Brighton Marathon. The only way to join the thousands already signed up, is to Register your Interest. All those who register their interest will then be sent information on how and when to enter.

The Brighton Marathon Weekend is an exciting three-day event that takes place each April in buzzing Brighton. Over 18,000 participants take part across the events, while over 150,000 spectators line the city streets to show their support.

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 born 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.

This is an event for everyone, with something for all ages and abilities. Come and be a part of it.

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 at the start
  • 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
  • Talks from race experts
  • Pacers
  • Training plans
  • Email runner communications and support
Raceday Logistics

RACE PACK COLLECTION

You must collect your Race Pack from the Brighton Marathon Weekend Event Village, on Friday and Saturday, on Brighton Beach. Race Packs WILL NOT be posted

BM10k and Brighton Marathon participants will receive an official event T-shirt prior at Race Pack Collection as well as their race number, timing chip and a kit bag and label.

You must bring:

- Your confirmation email – this was sent to you when you signed up and will be from ‘Grounded Events’. Please either bring a printed paper copy or save it to your smartphone to show to our staff. Your runner confirmation email will be re-sent to you.
- Photo ID (such as a passport or driver’s licence) A colour photocopy will be acceptable. If you do not have a photo ID, please bring with you 2 x proofs of address dated within three months e.g. a utility bill or bank statement.

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.

Corrals:
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

Best times to collect your race pack
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.

Friday
11am – 1pm BUSY (expect queues)
1pm – 5pm SHORT WAIT TIME
5pm – 7pm MODERATE WAIT TIME

Saturday
10am-12pm MODERATE WAIT TIME
12pm – 2pm SHORT WAIT TIME
2pm – 7pm BUSY – expect queues

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.

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

RACE SCHEDULE

Friday

10:00am - 7.00pm: Event Village Open

11.00am - 7.00pm: Race & Rider Pack Collection

Saturday

9.30am - 7.00pm: Event Village Open

10.00am - 7.00pm: Race & Rider Pack Collection

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

Sunday

7:00am - BM Ride Start

9:00am - BM10k Start

9.45am - Brighton Marathon Start

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

6.00am - 6:00pm: Velo 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.

EVENT VILLAGE - Brighton Pier

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

THE VELO VILLAGE (BM Ride) - Hove Lawns

The Velo Village will only be open on the day of the ride itself.

In order to collect your Rider Pack and experience the rest of what the Brighton Marathon Weekend has to offer, please head to the main Event Village located on Brighton Beach, east of the Palace Pier.

Mechanical Assistance

There will be mechanical assistance in the Velo Village and on 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.

BAGGAGE DROP

There will be baggage trucks at Preston Park 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.

You must not place anything more than your provided kit bag on the baggage trucks. Participants will be allowed one bag only, please note that if you attempt to place more than one bag within the baggage trucks (or a bag that is not an official event kit bag), this will be refused.

Full information of the bag drop procedure will be available in your Participant Instructions, which will be emailed to you and placed on the website several weeks before the event.

BM Ride Baggage Drop

There will be a participant bag drop available on the morning of the ride in the Velo Village at Hove Lawns.

We ask participants to only bring a small bag with essential that you will need immediately after the ride, including warm, dry clothes. Non-essential larger items should be left in your hotel, at home, with friends or in the car.

A bag will not be provided - you must bring your own.

THE FINISH

Baggage Collection

Once you have collected your medal you will reach the Baggage Collection Area in the post-finish straight. Please refer to the colour and Collection Point letter on your race number to identify which Collection Point your kit bag is at. In the rare circumstance that you lose your kit bag, please head to the information point at the end of baggage collection where our team will be able to assist you.

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.

First Aid

St John Ambulance will be positioned directly on the finish line should you need medical assistance. There will also be an Advanced Treatment Centre in the finish with ambulances on stand-by for any more serious incidents. Your health and wellbeing is extremely important to us, please do notify a member of the Event Team or Medical Team if you see a fellow runner in need of medical assistance.

Results
Results should appear on the Brighton Marathon website later in the afternoon on Race Day.
You can also see your time from the tracking app.

Kit List

Running gear

Normal running gear is absolutely perfect for this event. Please have suitable running shoes for this event and it is advised that your bring some warm clothing for after the event as it can get quite windy down on the sea front.

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
Spectators

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.

Volunteers

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?
Whilst you can listen to music, you are advised not to. It's important that participants can hear what's happening during the race.
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. https://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk
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: https://raceroster.com. Once logged in, please select the drop down in the top right corner, and then ‘Participant Dashboard’, from here you can update your details.
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Brighton Marathon Weekend weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

12°C
Predicted highs
7°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 10mph

Brighton Marathon Weekend reviews (34)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
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  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

  • Did the Brighton Marathon 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.