Brighton Marathon is set to kick off the spring marathon season in style on Sunday, 9 April with Chris Hughton due to send 12,000 athletes on their way as the official starter. Hughton, the former Ireland international, has managed Brighton and Hove Albion to the brink of the Premiership in their most exciting and successful run for years and now he is looking forward to playing a small but vital part in another hugely popular sport in the Sussex coastal resort.
Major events evolve continuously and the big change this year is the creation of a beach-based Event Village open for the whole of Brighton Marathon weekend from Friday, 7 April. All race packs for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Mini Mile, BM10K and Brighton Marathon will be collected here, giving competitors an exciting glimpse of the Brighton Marathon finish line to inspire them.
The new Event Village will be situated beside Madeira Drive, where more than 100,000 people (based on previous years) will visit over the weekend creating a wow-factor like no other race. The Event Village will also feature a 2XU Recovery Zone, where runners can chat with training experts, get a massage and visit the shops featuring the very latest in running products.
Race supporters can soak up the atmosphere, watch the live action across the big screens, grab a bite to eat and even pull up a deckchair! Street food outlets and bars are open throughout the weekend, making the Event Village a destination in its own right.
Tom Naylor, managing director of Grounded Events said: "Moving the Brighton Marathon Weekend Exhibition to become part of The Event Village on the beach at Madeira Drive creates the perfect place to come and be inspired before your race and to celebrate with friends and family afterwards. The whole weekend will be a hive of activity for our participants and their supporters. We can’t wait to welcome them to the 2017 Brighton Marathon weekend there."
Chris Hughton, former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham player, said: "It’s a huge honour for me to be race starter for Brighton Marathon in 2017 and it’s a testament to what the team have done this season. The support we’ve had through some difficult periods this last year shows how much the team mean to the area and it’s great to be able to do this in their name.”
Full information at Brighton Marathon
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