Well before the horn blows sending the Marathon thousands on their way from Preston Park to Madeira Drive, Brighton and Hove’s spectacular sea-front is already awash with the throbbing atmosphere of the Mini Mile.


From 8.30am onwards, hundreds of eager 7 – 17 year olds dash down the final mile of the marathon in the Grand Hotel Mini Mile races.


Roared on by families and friends, the Mini Mile is the perfect curtain raiser race to a unique weekend of marathon action, kicking off with the Running and Healthy Lifestyle Exhibition on the Thursday and culminating in marathon day on the Sunday.



Not only is the Brighton Marathon the UK’s fastest growing, but the Mini Mile is keeping pace, growing from 482 in 2010 to over 1200 last year and aiming for a heady peak of 2000 participants in 2012.


The races are in age-groups, bearing colour coded T-shirts, as they sweep in waves from the Peace Statue by Hove Lawns, to the end on Madeira Drive near the world famous landmark of Brighton Pier.


All the finishers receive a medal and kit-bag containing goodies, while the top three in each category enjoy a podium presentation. It is here you can spot the stars of tomorrow.


The overall winner in year’s one and two was Charlie Grice, the local lad who trimmed the legendary Steve Ovett’s Brighton and Hove 800m schoolboy record to 1min55.80sec.


Four months after his first win in 2010, Grice went to Singapore to claim bronze at the World Youth Games.


A link with the pinnacle of sport came at the start of each race when 1992 Olympic champion, Sally Gunnell, sent the fields on their way.


Anyone wishing to take part in this unforgettable feast of running should log on to www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/minimile/


Next event date:

15 April 2012



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