Brighton: A Runner’s Paradise

Strap on your running shoes and get training! The second annual Brighton Marathon is set for 10 April 2011 and last year’s super sunny inaugural event was met with such enthusiasm that this sophomore race is expected to receive over 100,000 visitors supporting over 15,000 runners. For those not running, line up along the 26.2 mile route for a view of the action, which starts at 9am with a run around Preston Park, heading past the Brighton Pavilion, along the coastal roads and through the South Downs.

Prime location is, of course, along the last mile on the seafront toward the finish line in Madeira Drive just past the Brighton Pier. Spectators can catch running by top runners from Brighton, Britain and internationally, and also plenty of fancy-dress madness by those running to raise money for charity. The Brighton Marathon has already become a full weekend event, with the Running & Outdoor Lifestyle Exhibition on all day the previous day, 9 April 2011, at the Brighton Centre. Open from 11-5pm, entry to the exhibition is free and offers up the chance to catch interviews with running celebrities and attend seminars on health and fitness.

The Brighton Half Marathon is set to hit the city for the 21st time on 20 February 2011, and though there are no more spaces available for runners, this all-day event is an inspiring Brighton tradition for spectators and runners alike. From just 200 runners way back when, the race has grown to over 8000 entrants, and qualifies as one of the largest running events in Southeast England. This year marks the launch of a new half-marathon route starting and ending at Madeira Drive.

Spectators wishing to take part in the action should line up anywhere en-route, which passes the Royal Pavilion, goes past St Peter’s Church, back down the Grand Parade to the Old Steine, up the Marine Drive along the cliff tops, back down past both Brighton and West Pier into Hove and back along past the beach huts of hove to finish on Madeira Drive. An eco-friendly event, runners and spectators at the Brighton Half Marathon will not be bombarded with leaflets and all left over food, drink and blankets go to local charities.

Top Flickr image by WillyG
Bottom Flickr image by Rock Paper Image

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