The Brighton Marathon (26.2 miles), which was first run in 2010, has established itself as a major event in the city's annual calendar, is counted as one of the top 12 running events in the UK, and in 2011 was granted Bronze Label status by the IAAF, the International Association of Athletics Federations, meaning that it is recognised as a leading road race on the international circuit.
It has an impressive maximum of 18,000 entrants. General entries are oversubcribed very quickly. Charity entries are available for a longer period.
There are, in fact, three race events in total over the course of the marathon weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The marathon is held on the Sunday and starts at 9-15 am. It is preceded at 8-30 am by the BM10K, which is a serious running event, and also includes an elite field of runners. In addition, on the Saturday there are the Mini Mile Races at Preston Park for ages 7 to 17 in four age groups - around 2,500 entrants altogether.
The Mini Mile races are held at Preston Park on the Saturday, which is were the marathon and BM10K start. There is a carnival atmosphere at the Park with entertainmant, food stalls, etc.
The course of the marathon starts at Preston Park, runs through the streets of the city, and ends in Madeira Drive, which is also the location of the Beach Village, more after-race entertainment and food, plus the beach and the sea! It's just possible that the Drive will be bathed in warm, spring sunshine. Then again it might not be...
Yet more: on the Friday and Saturday there is a free Brighton Marathon Exhibition at the Brighton Centre, with lots of running gear on display and on offer.
With 20,000 plus runners in total, and 100,000 plus spectators, there is also a large role for volunteers, without which the event probably could not be staged. There are many different volunteer roles and besides the satisfaction of being part of one of the city's largest community events, volunteers get a Team Brighton Marathon hoodie and an invite to the post-event Volunteer Thank You Party.
2016 Brighton Marathon
On Sunday, 17 April
Organiser: Brighton Marathon