14 Feb

Brighton Ready To Rock

action from Brighton seafront

A lot of the runners who have been seen pounding the streets of Brighton & Hove over the last few weeks have been training for Brighton Half Marathon, which takes place this Sunday 16 February 2014.

Brighton Half Marathon, organised by The Sussex Beacon, is in its 24th year and has become increasingly popular with public places to the 2014 race sold out in record time at the end of last June. Over 10,000 runners are expected to take part in Sunday’s race.

The first major half marathon in the new year, Brighton Half Marathon is the perfect training ground for all spring marathons and attracts a mix of first time half marathon runners, club runners, personal-best chasers and charity runners.

Both winners from the 2013 race, Paul Martelletti and Emma Macready (Worthing & District Harriers), will be lining up on the start line with the view to defend their titles in 2014. Other contenders this time include last year’s runner up Tom Aldred (London Heathside), Paolo Natali (Cambridge University AC), Andy Maud (Clapham Chasers), Darryl Hards (Worthing & District Harriers) and two times previous winner of the Brighton Half Marathon Patrick Davoren (Brighton Phoenix AC). Former British marathon number one and Olympian Mark Steinle (Blackheath & Bromley) will be amongst the elite start field with a half marathon PB of 62:23. Last year’s female runner up Sarah Hill of Farnham Runners will also be running this Sunday.

Brighton Half Marathon Corporate Challenge is part of the main race, returning for the third year after originally being introduced as a team event to assist companies and organisations to not only build teamwork in the workplace but to also promote health and fitness. The Corporate Challenge Trophy will be presented to the company or organisation that has the lowest aggregate time of their first three runners (awarded on chip time).

The Youth Races also take place again, with all 500 places snapped up by young runners of all levels and abilities aged from 7 to 17 years old. Starting and finishing on Madeira Drive, the Youth Races go past the Brighton Wheel, Sea Life Brighton and Brighton Pier before looping at the Thistle Hotel on King’s Road and heading back towards the finish line.

Brighton Half Marathon is organised by and the main fundraising event for The Sussex Beacon, a local HIV charity working to improve health, reduce stigma and prevent premature death. Open 365 days a year, they support men, women and families affected by HIV to manage this life-long condition that has no cure. Other charity partners include Scope (National Charity Partner) alongside WaterAid (International Charity Partner) and Rise (Local Charity Partner).

Entry is closed but local residents as well as friends and families of the runners can show their support for the event by lining the streets of Brighton and Hove on Sunday morning and cheering on the athletes and charity runners on their half marathon challenge. The best places to watch the runners include Marine Parade and Hove Lawns where they can be seen going both ways.

Brighton Half Marathon has secured the support of a range of high profile sponsors and partners including ASICS, Runners Need, Lucozade Sport, TomTom, Seattle Hotel, Studio57 Clinic, Visit Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council.

Brighton Half Marathon starts and finishes on Madeira Drive, where the race village and charity village are also located. The main race starts at 9:00 am, followed by the start of the Youth Races at 9:15 am.

Go to the event website for all race details, route maps and timings.