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Brighton Marathon Weekend

3 races scheduled · 18000 participants · Sun 12th Sep 2021 · Brighton
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About this event

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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The Grounded Events Company is a dynamic young company, responsible for organizing and delivering a number of successful mass participation events in the UK.

Established in June 2007 by Tim Hutchings (CEO) and Tom Naylor (Managing Director), The Grounded Events Company Ltd. is responsible for producing a number of successful, mass participation sporting events and other community initiatives.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Fri Sep 10 2021

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
Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry
9:45am Sun 12th Sep 2021

Run 26.2mi

BM10K
9:00am Sun 12th Sep 2021

Run 10km

BM Ride
6:45am Sun 12th Sep 2021

Bike 50km

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4.7
34 reviews
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Angus
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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!… read more
Strava
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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! … read more
francis
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2018
fun day out, made even better by getting my pb and a big pub lunch to celebrate! Would definitely recommend … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.… read more
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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.… read more
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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… read more
Route description
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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

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

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.

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

Angus
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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!
Strava
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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!
francis
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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 - Charity Entry 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
Ed
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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!
Mike
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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.
Madeleine
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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!
Stephen
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4.3
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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.
Sylvie
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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.
Lisa
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry 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.
Sarah
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
This is definitely my next choice after London Marathon, and less stressful too! The start area is very calm and well spaced out. The course is beautiful, just beware the sneaky little hill at mile 4, before you get to the big hills of the cliff tops. I've run Brighton twice now and the organisation impressed me both times. Plenty of drinks and amazing crowd support.
Chay
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4.3
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Very much a half and half race. First four are narrow city streets. Make sure u want a fast start to get in a earlier corral.. Once on the sea front its long stretches of road. That seem to on forever. First 13 miles are undulating Second is pretty flat.. Crowds on the city parts, Hove road and Final mile are brilliant but the rest are fairly quiet in comparison. Its very well organised but prepare for a walk at the finish to get to your meeting point.
Mina
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4.3
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
It was tough but Ive enjoyed the experience, I will definitely do it again.The atmosphere was great.
Shelley
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4.3
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Brighton was my 1st marathon; fabulous organisation from start to finish and post race comms too. Hillier than I was expecting so was even more challenging. Great medal, goody bag and t shirt.
Mathew
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3.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Great crowds, would have preferred bottled water on the course. Really resented having to pick up the bib in person the day before which is an utter waste of time and money. Good finisher shirt. Bit windy on the day, but that's just bad luck.
Faye
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5.0
Did the BM10K in 2019
Unfortunately I couldnt do the marathon this year, but I was able to switch and do the 10k. Really helpful member of the team told me how to transfer my race. Friendly helpful volunteers again from collecting my number up until I crossed the finish line. Bag did arrive later than planned, but received an apology straight away along with an explanation. Still loved the run and atmosphere
Faye
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2018
This was my first road marathon and it was really well organized. From getting my race number to crossing the finish line couldnt fault anything. Helpful friendly volunteers and amazing support around the course. Would really recommend this race
Amy
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Fantastic race, and great wide, road spaces. A really good vibe at the start. The bag drop could have been better organised (for the largest start groups), but otherwise perfect.
Vida
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
It was my first marathon. Loved it. I found the industrial are quite hard as there were not too many supporters and views are not the best there. I was pleasantly surprised that instead of plastic water bottles paper caps were used.
Mark
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Overall a very well organised event. The only minor niggles are getting a Participant t-shirt, rather than a Finisher one, and the 'Dead Zone' around the power station in the latter part of the race. But the crowds along most of the route, and all the residents getting involved in supporting the hordes trampling through their neighbourhood disturbing their Sunday are absolutely fantastic. And if your name is visible on the front of your running vest/ costume, you're guaranteed to get plenty of personalised encouragement. An excellent event.
Chris
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
This was the 2nd year I have run this race and it has a great atmosphere and energy. The only complaint I have is the lack of energy gels handed out on route and would advise carrying your own, although there were plenty of people handing out jelly babies......
Paul
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2018
A really well organised event, a superb scenic route that's well supported, fantastic to finish on the beach and a brilliant medal, such a beautiful part of the country to run a marathon in!
Denny
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Well organised event, lots of support. Mostly along stunning coastline, and you can still see the sea in the industrial wasteland at miles 21-23
eddie
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
I will always remember the strong headwind for the last 5 miles. The course is great apart from the area around the industrial estate (20 miles Ish). Fantastic support and very well organised.
Hannah
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4.3
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2016
This was my first marathon and I'm glad that it was. It was so well organised and everything ran very smoothly. When I signed up I didn't know that you had to attend an expo to collect your number before you start! Would have been nice if it was clearer. The start was well controlled and you started fairly quickly. The course itself was okay, it got quite tough and dull around mile 21 where it does into the industrial estate but the rest was great as the spectators lifted you. Overall I enjoyed the race and still run with my shirt with pride.
Matthew
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3.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Good but hard marathon, miles 20-23 very boring and lonely out by the power station. Atmosphere is amazing on Madeira drive and by the pier but you need some family out at power station to keep you going. Prepare well as lots of hills in first half and wear sun cream even if cold and cloudy as we still got burnt lol
Emma
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Very well supported marathon. Didnt like mikes 22-24 though through a fishy yard! From a spectator opinion it was well organised too.
Mark
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Great well organised and supported marathon one of my favourites to run really good course and seems to have great weather every year I've ran it
Joe
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
The organisers of Brighton marathon surpassed themselves in 2019. The crowd atmosphere and support from locals has always been incredible, but the organisers were hands-on with race packs, extra porta-loos, plenty of water and even gel packs.
Mark
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4.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2018
Really well organised race, excellent amenities at the start line.Brilliant support around Brighton, a bit quieter at the extremities of the course.
James
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3.7
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Good marathon bag drop terrible ! I ended up hiding me bag In a bush ! A bit hilly the route but crowds were good
Elise
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
The people of Brighton are AMAZING! So much support on every part of the course. The volunteers were great, organisation fantastic. Loads of toilets, water stations, gels etc. And the supporters tripled this by giving out sweets, oranges, bananas, drinks and the like. My only one small gripe was the finish line was a bit underwhelming, and the photographs didnt show the finish banner, so they couldve been taken anywhere on the course. Other than that, a great marathon.
Jules
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5.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2019
Beats London In my experience and has a more relaxed and warm atmosphere.... If you want a fun marathon with huge support along the entire route, plus excellent support crews try this instead of London, or do it as a warm up...
Leigh
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4.0
Did the Brighton Marathon - Charity Entry in 2013
A very well organised marathon and some very good support in places. Miles 21-23 through an industrial area were very tough, but the only downside of a very good marathon.
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Logistics and schedule

SCHEDULE:

Friday

10:00am - 7.00pm: Beach Village Open

11.00am - 7.00pm: Race & Rider Pack Collection

Saturday

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

Sunday

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:
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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:
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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
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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.

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)

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

Volunteers are a focal point of all Grounded Events Company events. As such, they are always on the look-out for more helping hands.

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

https://lets-do-this.typeform.com/to/jcfjO1LA#eventid=20081

How to get there

Preston Park, Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 6SD, UK

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Address: Preston Park, Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 6SD, UK

New start time: For the thousands of participants who travel to the start on Race Day from outside of the city, the new start time of 9:45am will increase public transport options and offer a more convenient timeframe in which to arrive ready and prepared to run.

Hotels: Although Brighton has an abundance of B&Bs and hotels, they fill up quickly around the marathon weekend so we'd recommend that you book in nice and early!

Parking and public transport: We will be providing a Park and Ride service to get runners and their spectators around, but again, this will likely sell out so book in advance.

NB. No refunds will be given for bus tickets in case you decide not to run or take the bus.

We strongly advise against travelling into the city centre on the morning of the event as there will be road closures in place and parking restrictions. We thoroughly recommend using the Park & Ride service, to avoid any potential issues with getting to the start on time.

Train: Please be sure to check the National Rail website when booking your tickets and closer to the event for any potential service alterations that may affect your journey.

On arriving at Brighton station, the seafront and city centre are just a ten minute walk away. There is also a taxi rank and bus service immediately outside the station forecourt but please note that there will be road closures in place on Race Day.

Bus or Coach: Bus services run across the city, also connecting with many local towns and villages. Please check the Brighton & Hove Bus Company website for the most up to date travel information and full timetables. There are also transfer coaches from London and Gatwick available to book.

Taxi: If you require a taxi for travel to or within Brighton & Hove, you can find a list of taxi companies on Yelp.

Air: London Gatwick is the closest airport and is 30 minutes away by train (trains run direct from the airport to Brighton Station) or 35-40 minutes by car. London Heathrow is about 2 hours away by train or coach. Visit National Express for details of coaches that run from these airports to Brighton, and for drop off points in the city.

BM Ride - Park & Ride

BM Ride participants are advised to use the Mill Road Park & Ride site, which is within a short cycle of the Beach Village. Participants will be expected to park and cycle to the start line, as bike transport will not be provided.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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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