The Brighton Marathon takes place each April in Brighton on the south coast of England. The inaugural Brighton Marathon was organised by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and former Brighton club athlete, Tom Naylor.
The first running of the race took place on 18th April 2010, a mere two years ago! The race opened to 12,000 entries, with 7,589 participating on race day. The course start line was at Preston Park. The route took in some of the sights of central Brighton before heading East towards Rottingdean. The race then headed west out to and around Hove, before returning on the seafront and finishing on Madeira Drive, close to Brighton Pier.
In its second year (April 2011), over 8,000 runners took part with spectator numbers estimated at around 120,000. The race has acquired the status of “Britain’s No. 2 marathon” for its profile in the national running arena, for its standard of race organisation and for the publicity generated by the event. More than two hundred charities had runners in the 2011 event and this demand has led to an increase from 3,000 to 5,000 in the number of places being offered to charities in 2012.
The 2012 event has seen a 20% increase on entries to an acceptance of 18,000, putting it in the top 12 running events in the UK.
This is another race similar to Blackpool where Jamie and I will feel we can get a PB (we still haven’t quite decided what that would be, I’m guessing somewhere under 4 hours!) with it being a pretty flat course.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this particular race and maybe even joining us, you can do so via the following link: http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/