Managing our environmental impact at the 2024 Brighton Marathon Weekend

Find out what steps we are taking to manage the environmental impacts of this incredible event and how you can help – whether you’re taking part or watching.

  • Our entry system offered everyone the chance to opt out of a T-shirt and plant a tree through our partnership with Trees Not Tees
  • Runners were also offered the chance to opt out of a medal
On the day
  • The finisher’s medal is made from recycled zinc alloy*
  • Kitbags are made from sugarcane, a type of bioplastic that is recyclable
  • Event T-shirts are made from 100 per cent recycled polyester
  • There will be tap water refill stations at each Start Area and at the Finish for both the 10K and the Marathon. Water will be available at refill points at Preston Park for the Brighton Miles too
  • For the 10K there are two water refill points on the course
  • At the Marathon, tap water refill is provided at six locations around the course for runners who are carrying their own container (hydration vest or hand-held running bottle)*
  • For runners choosing bottled water, Buxton Natural Mineral Water bottles are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic (excluding cap and label) and are collected separately, returned to Buxton and recycled into new bottles. These are 250ml bottles, specially produced for London Marathon Events by Buxton and are designed to help save water and plastic
  • HIGH5 gel wrappers can be dropped in clearly marked drop zones along the course where they will be collected and returned to HIGH5 for recycling.
  • Electric vehicles, provided by Rivervale, are used on course as lead vehicles and make up the majority of the operational vehicle fleet for this event
  • Volunteer-run recycling stations will be used to improve recycling rates
  • Clothing dropped at the Start areas is collected by the Salvation Army to be sold in their shops or recycled*
  • Cups used at HIGH5 stations are composted
  • Recycle your unwanted trainers with JogOn – bring them to the drop-off point at Preston Park
  • Finisher trophies are made from plastic collected from the sea along the south coast of the UK
  • Bike parking is available at Preston Park and Hove Lawns

Please play your part

We need your help to make sure the 2024 Brighton Marathon Weekend events have a positive impact – both for people and for our planet.

Low-carbon travel

The easiest way to get to and from the 2024 Brighton Marathon Weekend (or to travel around, if you are supporting someone) is by public transport or by bike (although be aware that many roads are closed on Event Day). If you are travelling from outside of the Brighton area to take part in the event, why not use the train?  Brighton Station is only an 18-minute walk away from Preston Park (where the Marathon and Mile events start) and about a 25-minute walk from Hove Lawns (the 10K Start and Finish, and the Marathon Finish). We are also offering Park and Ride at four locations – if you are using these, please try to car share. There is bike parking at Preston Park and at Hove Lawns.

Hydrate your way

By wearing a hydration vest, using a bottle belt or carrying a hand-held water bottle, you can hydrate when you want to, and you won’t waste precious water.

  • You can refill with tap water on the 10K at 3.5K and at 8K.
  • You can refill with tap water on the Marathon route at, approximately, Miles 7.5, 10, 15, 18, 20.5 and 24.
  • Pick up a replacement bottle at one of the eight Buxton Natural Mineral Water drinks stations.

Drink, Drain, Drop

The Buxton Natural Mineral Water bottles can only be recycled if they are empty. Please help us by squeezing the water you don’t want to drink out of the bottles before you throw it in one of our clearly marked drop zones after the water stations. Using the drop zones helps us to collect the bottles for recycling and reduces the danger to other runners from bottles strewn across the road.

Clothing at the Start Line

Clothing at the Start Line with our clothing collection partner, the Salvation Army. Look for the designated drop zones and for the friendly Salvation Army volunteers who will collect unwanted clothing for resale in their shops or for textile recycling.

Use our volunteer-run recycling stations

If you have waste you want to dispose of, please go to a recycling station and hand your waste to our team of volunteers who will put it in the right bin to make sure we recycle as much as we can.

Thank you

To find out more about how we are working to improve our environmental performance

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