Brighton Half Race Preview

This weekend thousands of runners will take to the streets of Brighton and Hove for one of the first big half marathons of this year – The Grand Brighton Half Marathon. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re running or spectating.

There’s a lot going on throughout the morning in this 29th edition of the event. The Wheelchair Race starts just before the runners set off, there’s the Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay and the Youth Races. The event is organised by and is the main fundraising event for The Sussex Beacon, a unique centre providing innovative services to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV. Other charity partners include local charities Chestnut Tree House and RISE and national charities Macmillan and Alzheimer’s Society.

Four times race winner Paul Martelletti (Race Number #1) is back and look out for Josh Lunn (#128) and local Crawley athlete Paul Navesey (#101), who is in great form at the moment. The women’s race is also very strong again this year – Steph Davies, (#11) Rose Penfold (#13) and Emily Proto (#12) are all in good form, as is Caroline Hoyte (#731) from Arena 80 who is making a return to the half marathon for the first time since 2011.

Entry is closed – it sold out in the Autumn – but you can show your support for the event by lining the streets of Brighton and Hove on Sunday and cheering on the runners on their half marathon challenge.

The Grand Brighton Half Marathon starts and finishes on Madeira Drive, where the race village and charity village are also located. The main race starts at 9:30am.

Go to the website for full race details, route maps and timings:

Runners Brighton Half
This is how happy runners look at the Grand Brighton Half!

Race day key timings

07:00: Park & Ride sites opens
07:30: Race village and help-desk tent opens
07:45: Baggage facility opens
08:15: Road closures start
09:00: Runners proceed to start pens
09:00: Brighton Half Youth Races start at Hove Lawns
09:27: Brighton Half Marathon Wheelchair race starts
09:30: The Grand Brighton Half Marathon race starts
09:30: The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay starts
10:00: Youth Race winner presentations in Youth Race marquee
11:30: Elite winner presentations
11:15 Wheelchair Race presentations
11:30: Corporate Relay presentations
14:30: Race village closes

Cheering points for spectators

  • By The Grand hotel, which is hosting this year’s community stage featuring The Sundaes (sets at 10:45 and 12pm).
  • East at Marine Parade: Crowds are busiest around race village and Aquarium roundabout, so head east along Marine Parade for a guaranteed chance to spot runners in the early miles of the race and on their way back towards the Pier.
  • Hove seafront: Cheer on runners on Kings Road in miles 7 to 8 then nip across Hove Lawns to see runners on the Promenade for the final stretch in miles 11 to 12.
  • West at Hove Lagoon: See runners as they make the turn back into the city for the final leg of the race.
Spectators Brighton Half
Runners will enjoy fantastic support at the Grand Brighton Half!

The Grand Community Stage line up

This year The Grand’s Community Stage is located outside, on the second floor balcony of the hotel, so you can watch the band perform from the seafront. The headline act is Brighton-based pop trio, The Sundaes, as seen on BBC1 Saturday night entertainment show, ‘All Together Now’.
10:15 – 10.45: Compere Dolly Rocket
10.45 – 11.30: The Sundaes first set and dancers on the green
12:00 – 12.45: The Sundaes second set and dancers on the green

Road closures

The following roads will be closed (timings are approximations only): 02:00-19:00 – Madeira Drive 08:15-11:40 – Old Steine, Marlborough Place, Gloucester Place, Grand Parade, Pavilion Parade 08:15-11:15 – Marine Parade, Marine Drive 08:15-13:30 – Kings Road to West Street (westbound & eastbound lanes) 08:15-13:30 – Kings Road, Kingsway (westbound lane only)
Wherever possible, alternate routes will be advised and signed on the day of the event. All the road closures will be staffed by event stewards. Other roads adjacent to these roads may be affected.

Download the full race guide.

Good luck to all the runners! We will be there reporting back. If you’re using this race in your preparation for a Spring marathon, you might find our ‘My First Marathon‘ series helpful!

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