Brighton Marathon Information

Brighton Marathon Information

Brighton Marathon

The Brighton Marathon is a flat and fast course, celebrated for its support you receive from the spectators along the route. Rest assured, our race organiser’s extensive experience in staging a similar race with over 25,000 runners (Brighton Half Marathon) guarantees you will enjoy both the stunning views as well as the friendly atmosphere. The sun was shining in Brighton for the 37th annual Brighton Marathon. I was lucky enough to be covering it on behalf of Runners World.

The marathon is a beautiful race with a great atmosphere, super nice people, good organization, and an incredible feeling on finishing, Brighton Town Press ( If you run that's great! I'm not going to say anything but if you're thinking of running, then here is an article on the Brighton Marathon from the Telegraph. There's a video at the end worth watching too. The Brighton Marathon, the brainchild of chairman Derek Mitton, was first held in 1980 and has been thrilling participants – both elite runners and those taking part for fundraising – ever since.


The BM10k is a staple of Birmingham’s elite runners. Elite training groups such as 1/4 Marathons are usually led by Run Birmingham’s very own coach, Ricky Nye. The first mile is downhill on 5th Avenue South in downtown Birmingham and the rest is a challenging loop around the base of Red Mountain. The highlight for many spectators, though, takes place at the top of the mountain where the elite runners twist and turn their way to each checkpoint along an incredible single-lane dirt road that winds its way down the mountain side.

The Buffalo Marathon, now named the Erie County Medical Center Buffalo Marathon & Half Marathon, has grown significantly since its inception in 1973. Today it is one of the largest events of its kind in the country, hosting over 10,000 participants from every state in the United States as well as from over 50 foreign countries. The Buffalo Marathon offers a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5K and a children’s race. BM10k is a 10k cross-country mountain bike race held in Boulder, Colorado.

The race takes place on a 7. 4 mile loop that follows the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on open and closed dirt trails. It is the sister race to the more popular UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event, XC World Cups, as well as USA Cycling National Championships. The guys in the video below were likely part of a stacked field of runners that vied for a top time on the 1-mile straightaway at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

How did they fare? Well, they don't explicitly say. As of this writing [June 24, 2017], none of the top 10 times this year have been posted online. ". This past weekend, the nation’s top runners descended on Terre Haute for the Big Mac Meet of Champions. Within hours, the race previews started coming out. However, there was one detail that seemed to be missing from many of them: how to pronounce the race. The famous Black Mountain 10k is a yearly event put on by the Wilmington Track Club in November.

Bm Ride

According to maps from the Ordnance Survey, Brighton & Hove is one of the flattest cities in Britain. The terrain may be flat, but without any elevation, unfortunately there’s no such thing as a “flat ride. " Therefore, most of the rides we do here at BM Cycle Club are challenging, and will make you squeal like a child on a candy store rampage. You've heard of the big Ride like the Escape or The Big Wheel.

Well now it's time to see what Brighton & Hove has to offer on 2 wheels for the rider with ambition, enthusiasm and a sense of adventure, but without the serious trail and cyclocross baggage. The Brighton Mini-Marathon (BM Ride) is an approximately 18-mile long ride around the city of Brighton & Hove, taking place on Sunday 7th October 2017. Riders can choose between a full, 80 mile round trip, or a shorter 50 mile route.

Brighton & Hove is hosting the sportive event Bike Morpheus Cycling Events. The event starts at 7:00am and registration fee is £20. This ride is located in Upper Lake Road, Lewes just a 10 minute ride away from Overleaf HQ. Taking place in 2013, BM Ride will see cyclists ride through the streets of Brighton & Hove as we ring in the New Year. It will be a non-competitive traffic-free leisurely ride designed to raise money for local charity.

The British Airways Ride is the UK's largest charity cycling event. It takes place over two days in May, on closed roads in the centre of Brighton & Hove. This run was started in 1981 and has been going strong ever since, quickly becoming the most recognized race in the area. This year is a bit different for me. I’m no longer running it to raise money for charity, but instead I’m running it to get fit and support my local team.

Mini Mile Races

The Mini Mile is the perfect opportunity for children aged 7 to 17 to get involved in the Brighton Marathon weekend and run a mile course in these age-related races with prizes up for grabs. Taking place the day before the Brighton Marathon and BM10k, they too can experience all the fun and atmosphere of the Brighton Marathon Weekend. Runners hit the 1 mile track at Preston Park as part of a mass start event on Saturday 1 April 2017 from 9:30am, with runners of all abilities welcome to take part.

Celebrate the closing day of the Brighton Marathon and Brighton 10K with a mini-mile race at Preston Park. Organised by Brighton & Hove City Council Events Team in partnership with The Spring Runners, this free, fun event is for children aged 7-17 who want to get involved with the Brighton Marathon Weekend and run a mile course. Fancy a new challenge? Do you like to be outdoors? Want to get fit and healthy? Are you planning to run the Brighton Marathon or BM10k? Then why not enter one of our Mini Marathon races, on Saturday 17th April 2018.

These mini mile races are open to children aged 7-17 and last for one mile. They take place on Saturday 14th October 2015 at Preston Park and run alongside the Brighton Marathon 10k. The race times are. Mini Mile is a mini version of Brighton Marathon where children aged 7-17 can get involved and run 1 mile course at Preston Park the day before the Brighton Marathon and BM10k. In 1913, a new company called Brighton.


The Beach Village sits on the promenade towards the sea, giving yougreat views of the finish line. It's the perfect place for out of town visitors who can make their base at this location while staying in Brighton for marathon weekend. So if you've got friends and family coming from afar, this is where they can experience everything that Brighton Marathon Weekend has to offer. On the Sunday, post-race festivities will take place in the Car Park, where awards will be presented, goodybags picked up, and foodand drink available.

It will also feature the Big Finish Line Party, performed live by Jake Bugg. Following the Party the Beach Village Car Park will transform into a festival site with over 60 streetfood vendors and bars until late. Seeyou there. The Beach is also a hub of activity during the weekend, hosting the huge entertainment line-up and so many fun family activities for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great place to come and soak up the atmosphere.

The Village will be open from earlymorning on Friday,and you'll be able to get your hands on any last minute bits and pieces you need for your race. The Beach Village is the start and finish ofthe race, as it doubles up as the marathon startlineand the venue for Marathon Pack Collection. Openfrom 6am-9pm on Saturdayandfrom5am-10pmon Sundaymorning, there is plenty going on here, withfood and snacks available until 5pm before itturns into a fully fledged party venue from6pm-1030pm.

Enter With A Charity Place

There are many worthy causes that the Good2Give. org platform is helping to raise funds for, including Carter's Appeal, the British Heart Foundation and Carer's Trust. Competitive times are expected at the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 13 April 2021 particularly in larger races where multiple charities participate. Running requires considerable mental strength and endurance, so we should all feel privileged to have taken part in this great event. It offers a fantastic physical experience, a chance for people from all walks of life to come together and unite as one behind a common cause.

Our centrepiece event in 2021 is the Brighton marathon, this year we will be celebrating 10 years of operations from our base at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. For this reason we are making our entry for this year’s race free for all our members to celebrate this outstanding milestone.  It will be the 37th Brighton Marathon and it always attracts a massive crowd of runners. After making many memories over these past 37 years, I am proud to say that CoVID has been central to that story and I can’t wait to add one more tale to the Brighton Marathon mythology books.

I run two half marathons and a 10k every year for a local charity called "Plymouth Family Lives". I have been doing this since my two children were born in 2008 and I raised over £2000 last year. Unfortunately, Plymouth Family Lives closed its doors at the end of last year due to lack of funding due to the COVID-19 outbreak (the government felt that charities were having more than enough trouble raising money so they decided to stop the flow of money).

In 2021, in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, we will hold the Brighton Marathon again. We are delighted to confirm that we support the same three charities as last year: Wooden Spoon, Charlie's Project and Victim Support. This year’s marathon has been held in aid of these charities and so all funds raised will go directly to them following the event. Below you can find links to their websites. This unique fundraising page is only open to runners who will run the Brighton Marathon in 2021 (or both marathons if that's your thing).

It’ll support our three official charities, chosen following their vital work during and after the epidemic which struck Brighton on Sunday 11th November. TheVillageis located next to the Finish Line at Madeira Driveand will house all of the above, as well as camping. Camping is dedicated to 2012 runners only, and based on a first-come-first-served basis. A shuttle bus service will be running to and from the village to the start line with race number collectiontaking place there too.

Start And Finish Locations

Get to the start early and enjoy the Brighton Sea Life Centres boat ride along the Brighton seafront on your way to the start. Take in a little more of the race course which includes some spectacular scenery – sea, sand, cliffs and the famous Brighton Palace Pier. After years of fierce competition you will see routes improve and new participants take part. The event also attracts thousands of spectators so get out early to secure your place at the route.

We would advise that you get to the start line 15 minutes before your category has been scheduled for its check-in period so you don’t miss out. The routes of each event will take in much of the western half of Brighton and Hove, including Park Crescent, Western Road, Old Steine, Hove Lawns,The Level, Preston Park as well as Hove Lagoon. The journeys will wind through the city and suburbs with spectators able to see much of the city and coastline.

Park & Ride

Our aim is to get you to and from the race instunning surroundings on a more relevant route that doesn't take you through Chesterfield. A Park & Ride facility will be provided at Stonegravels, about 20mins drive from Ashbourne in the stunning National Trust property of Haddon Hall. Buses will run from there to Ashbourne, taking you through some more of our gorgeous Derbyshire Peak District countryside. Buses will run from Stonegravels to Ashbourne from 10.

00am onwards, picking up runners at various points along that route, until the last buses leave at 3pm. See map below for relevant pick-up points. The Park & Ride is an excellent way to spend the morning of your race. Instead of getting up early and dealing with parking and traffic, just cruise in, park your car, grab a coffee, and relax on the coach bus to the Start and from the Finish. Shuttle buses will be available at six designated locations:in the Laurentians (St-Jovite), north of Montreal (Delson), west of Montreal (Terrebonne), east of Montreal (Vaudreuil-Dorion), South ofMontreal (Anjou) and West Island (Dollard-des-Ormeaux).

On Race Day, participants and spectators can make use of our Park & Ride service which will offer shuttle buses to the Start and from the Finish. Those travelling to the race by car are encouraged to park their vehicle in one of the selected car parks and take the bus in. With our Park & Ride, you avoid the need to find parking close to the event venue. There will be a shuttle bus service available from the Park & Ride site to both Start and Finish.


Trains to London are expected to be very busy at Championship times and there is a good chance that the Brighton Train Line will be very busy too. If you are travelling by train, then it’s advisable to get the earlier service if you can especially if you are travelling eastbound, avoid peak departure times at all costs. Trains. We add extra trains during major events at the Amex Stadium, so it’s worth being aware that a number of services will be diverted for the duration of the event.

To ensure a reliable service and to provide for demand, we advise you make full use of TravelWise to plan your journey to the stadium this weekend. Racegoers are strongly advised to allow extra time for their journey to the station on Sunday. The racecourse is only a short walk from either Brighton or Preston Park, and there will be plenty of opening hours information available closer to the time. If you are planning to visit the racecourse by car, may we advise that customers should approach from the A23 via Lewes Road and not via Old Shoreham Road as the Old Shoreham Road will be closed for Race Festival revellers.

Buses / Coach

Brighton & Hove Bus Company will be running a limited number of replacement bus services on Sunday 14th May to help customers avoid any disruption. These temporary replacements will operate from around 10am up until about 7pm, and will be the only bus services serving the Race Route in Brighton & Hove. Customers are encouraged to allow sufficient time for their journey, as the buses will service the usually bus-free race route. Saturday 24th May 2017 will see the annual Brighton & Hove Motor Club Car Show hit the streets of Brighton.

This event is held on the Promenade and results in road closures with some bus diversions, so check your bus timetables before you travel on Race Day. On Race Day, the Stadium is effectively a "ring" road surrounded by road closures. If you plan to use a coach service you will need to arrive at one of the three designated coach parking areas within these diversionary routes. Full bus service will be in operation on race day, but please continue to check with Brighton and Hove Bus Company regarding any possible diversions that may occur.


If you are staying just for the day, then it will be most convenient to travel by rail from London. Even if you have a car, there is no free parking near the venue and all reasonably priced car parks are within a mile of the venue. London Gatwick is the closest airport and is 30 minutes away by train (trains run direct from the airport to Brighton mainline station) or 35-40 minutes by car.

Only a small number of flights arrive here but there may be better prices if you can arrange to fly into other airports in London. Buses run from both Heathrow and Gatwick to Hove every 15mins  (every 20mins on Sundays), costing £6. 60 (adult single) each way; this. Many people get scared before their first time travelling to an airport. For the most part, you’ll find that travelling from Brighton to London Gatwick is pretty straightforward and easy, although it can seem like a lot of things are happening all at once if you're not familiar with airports.

Below is a breakdown of the travel process. By road, you will come off the M23 (or A23 out of London) at Junction 10. Either follow the A278 towards Brighton (6 miles) or the A27 towards Lewes (17 miles). All of Brighton’s major car-parks are on the edge of the City Centre. London Gatwick is the closest airport and is 30 minutes away by train (trains run direct from the airport to Brighton mainline station) or 35-40 minutes by car.

Milton Keynes is only a 20-minute drive away and nicely located for us, as it's one of the cheaper London airports. Brighton & Hove Bus Company will be running their full service on all major bus routes during Sunday 9th October, with the exception of the following. If you're using public transport, you can check the Brighton & Hove Bus Company website for more information on local bus services. The Brighton Mainline train service will operate a full service between London Victoria and London Charing Cross all day.


The fastest route by taxi is the M23 motorway, exiting at Junction 11, following A27 through Seaford and Lewes, then joining A271 towards Brighton. A local alternative may be to exit M23 at Junction 9A onto the A25 towards Worthing. After a period of dual carriage way it becomes an extremely winding road making progress slow and potentially dangerous. M25 by-pass is another option, busy but passable. If you are in Eastbourne, Hastings or Bexhill the quickest route may again be the Motorway.

Find a hotel near the start area where you can be dropped off early on race morning and explore the city, including going to the beach, or maybe sight see further along the coast before returning closer to your run time. Taxis are expensive by British standards so if you're more than two people sharing a taxi would be cheaper for everyone. JATO'S taxi services will be running a free pick up service on the morning of Sunday 5th May from about 6.

30am on Race Day from near the finish area in Madeira Drive ( Garson Park), to hotels and youth hostels in Hove, to return you to the Start line area near the Pavilion by Madeira Drive. All UK taxi firms are required to store your details on the National database. In our experience there is no problem in relaying these details to the supporting crews at Brighton marathon providing you have detailed the services you require  in advance.

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