The next Vitality Brighton Half Marathon is on Sunday 26 February 2017. The start and finish of the race are on Madeira Drive next to the Steve Ovett statue. You can see maps of the full course and the race village here. The race start time is 9am, but we advise all runners to be in start pens for 8:30am.
07:00 Race village and helpdesk tent opens
08:30 Half Marathon runners proceed to start pens
08:57 Wheelchair Race starts
09:00 Vitality Brighton Half Marathon starts
09:15 Brighton Half Youth Race starts
14:00 Race village closes
Find out more about the race here.
We have drinks stations in miles 2, 6 and 9 where water is available. Lucozade Sport will be available at miles 6 and 9 and the finish line.
Drop-ins will be available on race day. The massage marquee can be found in the race village on Madeira Drive, on the beach side.
Brand-new for 2017, RockTape will be joining us on race day to provide taping for any last-minute injury niggles. They will be located close to the massage marquee on Madeira Drive, on the beach side.
If you’re keen to achieve a certain target time for the race, we’ll have a team of pacers on race day pacing sub 2:30, sub 2:15, sub 2 hour, sub 1:45 and sub 1:30 hours to help you reach your goal. Find out more about our pacing team from RunBrighton.
The location of the Park and Ride facility for 2017 is The American Express Community Stadium (The Amex) on Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL. Buses will take you straight into the race village. Please display your voucher in your car window before you arrive to avoid any hold ups. If you still haven’t received a voucher, please don’t worry, our marshalls at Park & Ride will have a full list of everyone who has entered the race.
We know there can never be enough toilets, but we try to ensure that you don’t have to queue too long on race day. In addition to the existing public toilets at the Colonnade Cafe and Peter Pan playground there are portable toilets and urinals at the following locations on Madeira Drive adjacent to the start pens.
The baggage marquee will be clearly marked in the race village. Rather than accessing via Madeira Drive, we encourage runners to access baggage from the road overhead, Marine Parade, to avoid crowds. Attached to the bottom of your race number is a perforated baggage label. If you wish to use our baggage facility this should be detached and looped around the handle of your bag before handing it over.
If you are running for one of our official charities you will be sent instructions from your charity about where to go on the day to meet your supporting team.
Race numbers are sent in February ahead of the race. If you don’t receive your race number, please pick up your number from the Help Desk in race village. The help desk opens from 2pm – 4pm on Saturday 25th February and from 7am on race day, 26th February. The team at help desk will have a list of everyone who has entered.
Our first aid service is provided by The British Red Cross. There is cover across the course, close to each mile marker, and in addition there will be medics on motorbikes and in ambulances. There are treatment points at the start/finish area, plus one on Hove Lawns in the middle of the race to ensure your safety. Please make sure you fill in the medical information at the back of your race number.
We know that some runners enjoy listening to music while running, however we encourage you not to use earphones on race day to ensure you hear any medical alerts and instructions from marshals. We also don’t want you to miss the crowd support and entertainment along the route!
The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon is working hard to become a truly sustainable race. We believe it’s important and hope you do too!
For over eight years we have been recycling as much as possible from the race – we recycle all the plastic and cardboard, including the bottles used at the drinks stations.
The Vitality Brighton Half has a wonderful atmosphere, a fast, flat course and a fantastic location by the sea and beside some iconic landmarks of our wonderful City.