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Brighton Marathon Weekend hosts several thrilling events over the festival weekend for all ages and abilities, showcasing Britain's 'hippest' city with its picture-perfect beachfront views, pier, promenade and Victorian heritage.
Whether you're soaking up the city to coast scenery in the full marathon or going for a fast time in the 10K, you can expect an exceptional event experience with sea views and roaring crowds as your constant companions.
This year, the event will enjoy a revamped course meaning wider, flatter, leafy city roads and plenty of crowd support throughout the tougher later miles. If you're looking for an all-round exhilarating run - you're in the right place.
Enjoy sun, sea, scenery and socialising in Britain's 'hippest' city.
Running events and activities for all ages and abilities with thrilling crowd support.
Now featuring heaps of spectator whoops and applause in the later marathon miles when the going gets tough.
Think big in Brighton with a quality experience for your next major city run.
This event is part of Brighton Marathon Weekend.
The Brighton Marathon Weekend Expo is an exciting show and features:
The 2023 Brighton Marathon will start at Preston Park, and the route goes into Withdean before turning back down London Road towards the city. Once past the Pavilion, the route goes up into Kemptown and then follows the coast to Ovingdean before a final turn back for a breath-taking view of the city, following the coast along the promenade and into Hove before finishing at Hove Lawns.
Every year thousands of runners take part in the Brighton Marathon and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in this highly sought-after event and much more.
Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:
Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.
Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey!
When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.
When you're partway through your run and your energy is flagging, what you need is a boost from cheering spectators to keep you moving. Many charities set up a cheer station along the route, keeping an eye out for you to send up a huge cheer as you run past!
Many charities will provide refreshments and a post-race sports massage for their runners. This is the perfect way to recover alongside other people who have run for that cause.
You won't be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.
Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if general entries are closed.
Running and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?
The race itself was fantastic... Support and marshalls around the course were amazing, a very local feel. The finish of the race is along the promenade and with the weather being nice it made it that little bit more special. I really enjoyed this race and would return to it in the future. Ryan B
Race itself was amazing. Course is a little hilly for the first 10 miles but nothing to be scared of. No steep hills at all. Scenery is breathtaking. I love Brighton. Aid stations are extremely well marshalled and are frequent... What is outstanding about the event is the support. There are so many people to cheer you on. Even in the furthest parts of the course when you need the extra boost the most. I can’t thank enough the residents of Brighton and all that came to support the runners. You can feel that the city is excited for the event. Michael P
Good marathon, a few hills early on the course, but the scenery is beautiful. It was wonderful to run along the coast. Great local support as well with families giving out sweets and oranges. Andrew W
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