The 2023 Brighton Marathon Weekend (BMW) began in Preston Park today (Saturday 1 April) when more than 1,000 children took part in the Mini Mile.
Children ranging in ages from school Years 3 to 12 took part in a series of Mini Mile waves which were officially started by Brighton & Hove Mayor Councillor Lizzie Deane.
In total, 1,048 children completed the event which was free for all to enter.
This year is the start of the new era for the BMW which is being organised by London Marathon Events (LME) for the first time in 2023 after the world-famous mass participation events company took over the events last December to ensure they could go ahead.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of LME and the Brighton Marathon Weekend, said: “The Mini Mile has been an incredible start to the Brighton Marathon Weekend. It was amazing to see so many children and young people enjoy taking part and we are now looking forward to similarly inspiring scenes at tomorrow’s Brighton Marathon and BM10K.”
Andrew Battley, Charity Events Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, the Official Charity of the Mini Mile, said: “There were lot of smiling faces today which is why the Mini Mile is such a good event for Chestnut Tree House to be part of. Our charity wants to bring smiles to the children we look after and bring that vibrancy which the Mini Mile brought to so many children and young people today.”
The Mini Mile was the start of a packed weekend of events that form part of the 2023 Brighton Marathon Weekend.
The iconic Brighton Marathon starts in Preston Park tomorrow (Sunday 2 April) at 09:45 with more than 12,000 people registered to take part. The marathon then follows a route that heads north of Preston Park to Withdean, before heading east along the coast, back towards Hove and then along the seafront again where the Finish Line will be on Hove Lawns for the first time.
Many of those taking part in the Brighton Marathon tomorrow will be doing so to raise money for charity with a total of 130 charities having places in the event.
The BM10K starts and finishes at Hove Lawns with the event getting under way at 09:00.