In its short existence the Brighton Marathon has experienced a meteoric rise, firmly establishing itself amongst the UK’s top-drawer events: a seaside setting, stunning views over the Channel, a fervent crowd and quality organisation all combine to make Brighton a must for any ambitious marathon runner.
There were new course records to celebrate at the third Brighton Marathon in 2012, an IAAF Bronze Label event, as Kenya’s Peter Some lopped over four minutes off the old benchmark with an excellent 2:12:03. For the women, Belarus’s Sviatlana Kouhan slashed five minutes off the previous best with 2:29:37 to cap a memorable day.
This year over 9000 started the race in Preston Park and a good 36 per cent of those were women. While Scope is the national charity partner for next year, all told there were 337 charitable bodies generating valuable funds in the 2012 edition. Though places have rapidly filled in the wake of this year’s successful event, there are still plenty on offer from the charities which advertise in the local media as well as the event website.
Sunday April 14 2013 provides Brighton with another significant milestone as for the first time there will be television coverage. National television’s Channel 4 has agreed to broadcast a highlights package that will include not only the Marathon, but also the Mini-Mile. “After just three years of the Brighton Marathon, this is a wonderful leap forward for the event,” declared race founder, Tim Hutchings.
The Mini Mile is the curtain raiser to the day’s action attracting over 2000 youngsters aged seven to 17 who get to battle over the final mile of the marathon route. Their unbounded enthusiasm is a fitting hors d’oeuvres for the main course as upwards of 100,000 locals, family members, fans and visitors gather on the city’s world famous sea-front to cheer on the elites, club and charity fund-raisers.
Prior to the big day, there is an exhibition which in only its second year experienced impressive growth as footfall increased significantly from 7000 from 17000 with the new two-day format proving a big hit for exhibitors and public alike. With more stalls than ever projected for 2013, the exhibition promises to break new ground yet again.
In addition, from November through to March three training days are staged for beginners through to the serious club runner. For information on training days and to contact charities go to: www.brightonmarathon.co.uk.