Tomorrow (Wednesday 28 January) marks 25 days to go until the 25th anniversary edition of the Brighton Half Marathon. Organised by The Sussex Beacon, a charity which provides a range of services for men, women and families living with or affected by HIV across Sussex, the race has grown in popularity over its history and the 2015 race field will be the largest ever.
The race started in 1990 as a small event involving around 200 runners from local athletic clubs. The 2015 race takes place on Sunday 22 February, when 12,500 runners will take to the streets of Brighton and Hove to run 13.1 miles around the city - an extra 2,000 runners on top of 2014’s entry figure of 10,500. The race has become an established event for those training for a spring marathon and is the first major race in the South of England running calendar.
All runners finishing the event this year will receive a special commemorative medal to celebrate the milestone year and race organisers have a few surprises up their sleeves to get the birthday race underway at the race start on Madeira Drive.
Race director Martin Harrigan commented: “To reach a 25 year landmark is an amazing achievement for any road racing event and to do so while still retaining the feeling of a community event is what I believe makes our race so special. It is a real testament to the city and its incredible running culture.”
Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon, commented: “The Sussex Beacon has been the organiser of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon for over a decade and we are proud to deliver one of the most popular events in the running calendar. The event provides our charity with valuable income that allows us to run vital services for people affected by HIV. The event also provides significant fundraising opportunities for our many charity partners.”