Thousands set to take on iconic Brighton Marathon Weekend

Published on
April 4, 2024
Festival of running taking place in Brighton across the weekend with more than 17,000 people expected to take part across three events

The Brighton Marathon Weekend returns this Saturday and Sunday (6 and 7 April), with thousands of people due to take part across the three events that make up this iconic festival of running.

The weekend begins with the new-look Brighton Miles, a free community event for everyone, on Saturday 6 April. On Sunday 7 April, the BM10K sets off from Hove Lawns and the iconic Brighton Marathon starts in Preston Park. Both events are set for a spectacular seaside finish at Hove Lawns.

About 1,000 people are expected at the Brighton Miles on Saturday 6 April. Previously a child-only event, the Brighton Miles was relaunched as a community event for everyone with free miles for adults, children and young people, families and communities. Multiple Paralympic gold medallist David Weir is set to start the waves and hand out medals throughout the day. One-mile waves take place from 10:30 to 14:15, with people able to enjoy the free festival of activity from 10:00 to 15:00 in Preston Park. There will be taster sessions from Brighton Table Tennis Club, VYD Football and Nam Yang Martial Arts Club, as well as music, and interviews with special guests.

The next morning, almost 3,000 people are expected to take on the BM10K. Starting at 08:45, the BM10K takes runners east along the coast, past the Pavilion and up St James’s Street before turning west and ending at Hove Lawns. Local legends from the popular Brighton Table Tennis Club, co-founder Tim Holtam and coach Harry Fairchild will be the Official Starters of the event. Among the runners will be Riley Martin from London, who will be the youngest participant in the event (turning 16 on Event Day) and will be running with his three siblings (all aged 16-22).

A further 13,000 people are set to take on the Brighton Marathon. Starting at 09:45 on Sunday, runners will set off from Preston Park and pass Brighton’s most iconic landmarks and seafront attractions before finishing at Hove Lawns. Paula Radcliffe, the former marathon world-record holder and Children with Cancer UK ambassador, will be the Official Starter of the Brighton Marathon. Among the 13,000 runners will be Samuel Woodward from Brighton, who turns 18 on Event Day and is the youngest participant taking on the course.

A total of 271 charities have places in the events, with participants raising money for an array of causes. Among the participants taking part are Becky Alexander from Hastings, a mum who is raising money for Active Hastings in memory of her son Josh, and Chris Tevill from Wilmington and London, who is aiming to be the fastest person to complete the marathon on crutches and is raising money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.  

To read more inspirational stories from the 2024 Brighton Marathon participants, click here.

Participants across the weekend will experience the improvements that have been made to each of the three events and get a sneak peek at the new look and feel that is coming in 2025. New initiatives have also been introduced to make the events more sustainable, and to make the events more inclusive and welcoming to all.

For more information about the Brighton Marathon route, click here. For more information about the BM10K route, click here. For a map showing the road closures in the city on Sunday 7 April, click here.

Entries for the 2025 Brighton Marathon, taking place on Sunday 6 April 2025, will be opening on Sunday 7 April 2024.


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