Runners need to put a spring in their step to grab a place in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017. With record sales for the 27th year organisers expect standard place registrations to close soon. Held on Sunday 26 February, the race is now a firm fixture on the calendar both locally and nationally.
The race started in 1990 as a small event involving around 200 runners from local clubs and has become an established race for those training for a spring marathon such as London or Brighton and as one of the first half marathons of the year it proves popular with beginners and experienced runners alike.
The much-loved half marathon is unusual in that it is a major race organised by a small local charity. The Sussex Beacon is a Brighton-based charity that provides a range of services for men, women and families living with or affected by HIV across Sussex. The annual race is the charity’s major fundraising event each year.
As well as a standard place runners can also choose to run and fundraise for charity and the event currently has over 20 partner charities signed up. Runners can choose to race for local charities Chestnut Tree House, RISE and The Sussex Beacon plus many national charities including Laureus, WaterAid and Macmillan.
Race director Martin Harrigan commented: “2017 promises to be another great race year, and following on from this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, we hope to welcome even more beginners to the half marathon distance. For anyone tempted to dip their toe in and try a half marathon, we’d say, do it! Brighton is a sports-loving city and each and every year we always have great crowd support along the 13.1 mile course.”
The race forms part of the Vitality Run Series, a series of seven leading half marathons and two 10ks in the UK.