Sunday 14th April 2019 marks the very special, tenth anniversary of the inaugural Brighton Marathon race and the beginnings of the Brighton Marathon Weekend.
In 2010 the first Brighton Marathon and the first ever marathon in the city of Brighton & Hove was staged. Officially started by Olympic gold medallist and former resident Steve Ovett, a total of 7,427 finishers crossed the line, while just under 500 runners took part in the first edition of the youth event, The Mini Mile Races. Since then the event has grown substantially to become the Brighton Marathon Weekend with the introduction of two additional events (BM10k and BM Ride) and the bespoke built Event Village on Brighton Beach. Participants across all events now totals nearly 20,000 people while the Event Village welcomes over 125,000 people across the weekend.
Organisers, The Grounded Events Company are thrilled to reflect on the past ten years and the remarkable development of the Brighton Marathon Weekend.
- Brighton Marathon will be the 8th largest Marathon in Europe
- The BM10k race will see over 3,000 people taking part
- Over 2,500 children will take part in the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races
- 2019 will include the inaugural BM Ride, the city’s first ever closed-road cycling event
Since 2010, the event has seen a number of loyal participants, volunteers, supporters, sponsors and partners return each year to show their support. In 2019, those who will be finishing their 10th Brighton Marathon will be hailed as the ‘10/10’ runners and will receive an additional special 10/10 medal, and a 10/10 T shirt upon completion of their Marathon.
Event Director Tom Naylor says, “Every year we are truly grateful to all those who return to show their support or take part again. We would like to say a special thank you to those that have been with us since the very beginning; it is an honour to welcome you back. Above all, we are humbled by the sheer volume of people that have been able to positively change their lives or the lives of others, through taking part. Whether fundraising for charities, volunteering or improving their own health & fitness, many thousands of people have found strength, inspiration and motivation at the Brighton Marathon Weekend. We look forward to building on the last ten years to continue to make the Brighton Marathon Weekend a bigger and better event.”
American Express, Community Partner for the Brighton Marathon Weekend have also been involved since the first Brighton Marathon.
Beverly Sawyers, Vice President, American Express said: ‘This inspirational event has been proudly backed by American Express from the very start in 2010. From supporting the amazing Team Brighton volunteer programme, to Amex colleagues participating as runners, volunteers, manning water stations and lining the route year-on-year to cheer on family members and friends. We’ve seen the event grow into one of the region’s biggest annual sports events and the UK’s second largest marathon. The importance of the event to the city cannot be underestimated, attracting huge visitor numbers and supporting hundreds of local charities. As official Community Partner we’re hoping to see the whole community once again out in force behind the event, in celebration of this milestone 10th year.”