The Brighton Marathon will take to the streets for the first time on 18 April 2010. The event, brainchild of Tim Hutchings and Tom Naylor of The Grounded Events Company, was set up due to the shortage of marathons in the UK and the fact that many large races, the London Marathon being one, are massively oversubscribed.
Tom Naylor has been a runner all his life including running for Loughborough University whilst studying at the Business School. He opened a specialist running store called RUN in 2001 and now has two stores. He is looking forward to his new role as course and logistics Director for Brighton Marathon.
Tim has the perfect credentials for setting up a new marathon. He was an international distance runner in the 1980's, having taken medals in the European Championships and Commonwealth Games as well as attaining the silver medal twice in the World Cross Country Championships. He retired in 1991 and became involved with the London Marathon in a number of roles as well as being running consultant to Reebok UK.
The Brighton Marathon was launched on 23 June by multiple athletics gold medalist, Sally Gunnell and the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Ann Norman. The organisers plan to accept 12,000 entries in total for the marathon and by the end of the first day they had received 1,200 entries from the public and only a day later over 2,500 entries had been sold. Entries were not only from Brighton and Hove local residents but there were a considerable number of overseas entrants as well.
The race itself is a fairly fast track with only one or two hills to overcome. It is mainly held on road and tarmac promenade with the last mile being along the sea front, offering up great sea views. The finish is in Madeira Drive, east of the famous pier.
Brighton is easy to access by all means of transport, road, rail, air and even the sea, making it an ideal location for a marathon, as well as its great shops, restaurants, bars countryside and of course the sea and fresh air to entertain both marathon runners and their friends and family who've come along to support them.
The Brighton Marathon is currently operating without a title sponsor, something The Grounded Events Company, put down to the current financial climate and is still open to all offers of sponsorship.