Six spectator spots: where to watch the Brighton Marathon

Published on
March 29, 2023
Our top tips of great places to watch the Brighton Marathon from to support the participants

The Brighton Marathon Weekend is almost here, with the Mini Mile on Saturday 1 April and the BM10K and Brighton Marathon on Sunday 2 April.

With thousands set to take part in the marathon, supporters and spectators will flock to the roadsides to cheer on their friends and family and encourage the participants.

Telling your friends where they can expect to see you can be a great way to help give them a boost around the course, and having a plan of where to stand can really take the stress out of the spectator experience, allowing you to really enjoy the city and the day.

Here are our top tips of great places to watch the Brighton Marathon: 

1.    The London Road – if you’re heading to the Start with your participant, you’ll have time to make it to the London Road before they arrive as they’ll head north before turning back towards the sea.

2.    The Level – participants will circle the Level, giving you plenty of places to set up to cheer them on. You’ll also be able use the play park and café, making this a great spot for families.

3.    Marine Parade/Marine Drive – if you live in the east of the city, this area is often less supported by spectators so you can find yourself a prime spot and offer some much-needed support for the participants on the undulating coast.

4.    Kingsway by the seafront’s iconic sights – the seafront is always busy with spectators with participants going in both directions. Near the Lanes and with much of Brighton’s well-known landmarks, it’s a great place to hunker down and soak in the atmosphere.

5.    New Church Road – Hove always comes out in droves to support the marathon, making this is a great place to spectate from and really feel like a part of the community.

6.    Hove promenade – place yourself at the promenade by Hove Lagoon or Hove Lawns to help participants along the final stretch before the Finish Line.


Check out the Brighton Marathon route to plan your spectator spot.

Wanting the set up somewhere to cheer on both the marathon and 10K participants? We recommend supporting from along the coast, as the course takes participants from Hove Lawns, east to Marine Parade, and back again. Check out the BM10K route

There will be road closures, so please check the road closures and plan your travel accordingly.

Please note: the route can get very busy with participants and spectators. If you’re wishing to cross the course, please make your way to one of the crossing points. These can be found at:

·     Preston Road by Preston Park

·     Church Street

·     Aquarium Roundabout across Marine Parade

·     Madeira Drive north to south crossing, by theAquarium Roundabout

·     Kings Road outside Leonardo Hotel

·     West Street underpass

·     Regency square underpass

·     New Church Road will have maintained pedestrian access

·     Grand avenue near the bottom

·     Third avenue by Hove Lawns

·     Various crossing points will also be open along Kingsway


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