The Brighton Half Marathon is the first major running event of the year on Madeira Drive. Race day in 2015 is Sunday, 22 February. The Brighton Half Marathon (that is, 13 miles) is a very successful, well established and popular (c12,500 runners) event. In 2016 it celebrates its 26th anniversary!
The Half Marathon is a charity race. It was started in 1990 by a few volunteers aiming to raise money to support the building of the Sussex Beacon, then an AIDS hospice, today a specialist centre for men and women living with AIDS.
Today the Sussex Beacon remains the event organiser, and the event is its main charity fund raiser. But many other charities benefit from the race.
Strictly speaking, the race is called the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, because Vitality - the new name for health and life insurance from the PRU - is the event sponsor. The race is part of the Vitality Run Series of 8 running events across the country.
The race course starts and ends in Madeira Drive. Apart from a short journey inland, passed the Royal Pavilion and up as far as St Peters Church and back, this is a seafront race. Going east, runners go as far as the Blind Veterans UK centre at Ovingdean (formerly known as Dunstans). Expect spectacular cliff top views of the English Channel. Then on the return journey, they carry on along Brighton and Hove's promenade as far as Hove Lagoon, and then back to the Finish Line in Madeira Drive.
The minimum entry age is 17, but there is also a 1 mile Youth Event in four categories (7-10, 11 - 12, 13 - 14 and 15 - 17 years old). Entires are limited to 500 runners.
And there is also a special category for Elite Runners, who, if they can make the grade, are guaranteed a free place in the race.
Like all well organised running events, preparation and training is encouraged. You can download a 16 week training plan from race organiser's website.
Even if you're not planning to take part in the race, you can still be involved in what is a large and exciting community event. Each year 450 plus volunteers help to deliver this exciting running event.
26th Brighton Half Marathon
On Sunday, 28 February 2016
Organiser: The Brighton Half Marathon